• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • English Camp Visitor Contact Station on Summer Schedule

    The English Camp visitor contact station in the Royal Marine Barracks is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily through September 1. Grounds are open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

  • American Camp Visitor Center on Summer Schedule

    The American Camp visitor center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through September 1. Grounds remain open daily from dawn to 11 p.m More »

  • Brief American and English Camps Visitor Center Closure

    The American and English camps visitor centers will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 27. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Park staff and volunteers form the 1860's Color Guard in the island's Fourth of July parade.
Park staff and volunteers form the 1860's Color Guard in the island's Fourth of July parade. More than 13,000 volunteer hours were logged in FY 2009.
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Members of the park's volunteer support organization, Battery D Foundation, gather around the Prairie Howitzer they built following years of fundraising. Battery D Annually supports the park's interpretation programs, including the annual Encampment, which draws re-enactors from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

The accelerating need to preserve our natural and historical resources, and provide efficient visitor services, is placing an increasing strain on National Park Service funds and personnel. Only through the efforts of committed volunteers can the park fully serve the public.

We are looking for people who are friendly, personable and enjoy serving and enhancing the enjoyment of others while they are in the park. It takes patience and flexibility to work the wide range of people who visit the park each year. Visitors vary in age, background and come from all over the world. Volunteers work on the average of two to forty hours a week in two- to eight-hour shifts. Volunteers may receive academic credit by applying to have the park send evaluations to their schools.

For information about our Park Host program, click here:
For a Volunteer application, click here:

Stu Stern explains blacksmithing.
San Juan Island NHP volunteer Stu Stern explains and demonstrates blacksmithing on the Pacific Northwest frontier to a group of Skagit Valley College "Exploritas" visitors.
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Did You Know?


Camas bulbs were so highly prized by Northwest Indians for their creamy potato/baked pear taste that groups sometimes fought over the best growing areas, and people traveled great distances to harvest the bulbs and prepare them into thin, dry cakes. To ensure future harvests, the Indians burned the prairie regularly.