• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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  • 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 »


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:
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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?


Each year at English Camp, an osprey pair establishes a nest on a snag looming above the parade ground.Visitors can track the progress of the young via bird scope. More...