English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Winter Schedule
The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is closed for the season, starting September 2. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.
American Camp Visitor Center on Winter Schedule
The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September 2 to June 6, 2015. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m. Telephone 360-378-2240, ext. 2227 or 2226 for information. More »
Wildflower Festival Set For May 7
Contact: Doug Halsey, (360) 378-2240, ext. 2228
Contact: M Karraker, (360) 378-2240. ext. 2229
Contact: Mike Vouri, (360) 378-2240, ext. 2227
Learn where the wildflowers are, peer over the shoulders of artists in action, play a game or catch a tune or two during San Juan Island National Historical Park's first Wildflower Festival, scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the American Camp parade ground.
The Festival is the culmination of Bloom Week, a weeklong celebration of spring for the whole family, scheduled May 3 – 8 at both English and American camps.
All events are free and open to the public. For a full slate of Bloom Week activities and special access information, please call the American Camp visitor center at (360) 378-2240, ext. 2228 or 2229.
Music will be offered throughout the day. Musicians include Guthrie Burnett, the Pig War Band with Michael Cohen, the Prairie Blossom Band, guitarist Steve Dyer, John Hagey, Oliver Strasser, Robin Lohrey, Jesse Berube and Nickie Davis and David Wilcox and Johnny Pachivas.
Activities for children include birdhouse building, learning to create your own prairie ecosystem, junior ranger booklets with patches and badges, coloring books, basket weaving and much more.
Or visitors can do their own sleuthing with the aid of the park's new full-color wildflower brochure, featuring 28 plant varieties, available free of charge on the parade ground and in the American Camp visitor center.
The park also has scheduled ranger guided walks throughout May on Fridays and Saturdays at both park units. Highlight is a wildflower walk up Young Hill with San Juan Island botanist Louisa Nishitani at 10 a.m., Sunday May 8, meeting in the English Camp parking area. A bird walk with Barbara Jensen is scheduled at 8 a.m., also on Sunday May 8, meeting in the American Camp visitor center parking area.
Did You Know?
Many of San Juan Island's roads trace sheep runs cut by Hudson's Bay Company workers. They were led, in part, by Fort Victoria Chief Factor and colonial Gov. James Douglas, from 1853 to 1859. Many of the workers were Cowichan Indians from Vancouver Island.