FOCIP Annual Report 2020-2021

posted by FOCIP of Camano Parks

Once again our Annual Meeting was held via email.

Attached is Tom's report and our year end Fiscal statement.


posted Jul 29, 2020, 7:35 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Aug 20, 2020, 1:11 PM ]

>>>Please use masks and social distancing 

UPDATE AUG 20, 2020

Hi and thank you for all your help in making the trails on Camano Island the best in the area. FOCIP has the okay from the County and State Parks to resume our regular work parties in September. I wanted to clarify our County and State Parks policy for FOCIP Adopt A Park volunteers. You are now clear to resume your normal activities within the parks. You do not have to notify the parks of your arrivals or your activities. You are considered guesst of the parks with privileges. You should practice social distancing when possible. This is Jeff Wheeler’s suggestionThe plan looks good, we do not need to tape off or block the trail or other areas to keep the public from walking by, with masks on nothing is needed beyond how we used to protect people, i.e. protect them from us swing tools.  If someone is away from others, they can have their mask down while alone, just pull it up or put it on when they see someone approaching.” 

So welcome back to the Parks. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks, take care and good luck. ------------- Tom

July 29, 2020

Hi I have good news from Jeff Wheeler with State Parks. Our Adopt A Trail volunteers are now permitted to return to their normal activities with in our parks if they follow the State requirements that I am attaching. So please look this over and practice social distancing and wear a mask. Please let me know if you are not ready to return. It is a very personal decision and I do understand. I look forward to hearing from you. Stay safe and good luck. --------------- Tom


Guided Walk Schedule 2021

posted Oct 9, 2019, 5:12 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated May 2, 2021, 7:17 PM ]

Since 1995 FOCIP has been leading these walks and has maintained the trails through its continuing stewardship program. Join members of FOCIP and Backyard Wildlife Habitat Stewards on these walks. See the unique features of each park. The pace is moderate and walks take place rain or shine or cold.

Walks are canceled if there is significant snow or high winds. Participants are asked to wear sturdy shoes or boots and appropriate clothing for the weather. Walks at the State Parks require a pass. FOCIP will give a temporary for the walks in those two parks.

COVID-19:   Please comply with with social distancing, COVID-19 sign in, and wearing masks.   These walks are all pending on no future COVID-19 restrictions.

No dogs please for the safety of the walkers.  Masks required.

Check back for updates on future walks.


*Note that these walks are dependent on no future Covid-19 restrictions.

Saturday, Apr 17: Four Springs Lake Preserve  
Meet at 9:30 am at the parking area. Proceed from East or West Camano Drive turning on Camano Hill Road. Look for Lewis Lane and turn north to the parking area. FOCIP signs will be at the turns, off of Cross Island Rd. See this beautiful preserve with a 2 mile walk on the perimeter trail, and wetland trail. There are two 50 ft fairly steep hills with benches for resting.  No dogs please.  Masks required.

Saturday, May 22: Iverson Spit Preserve, Kristoferson Creek Habitat and English Boom Historical Park. 
Participants wearing masks should arrive at Iverson Spit Preserve at 9:30a.m. Iverson Spit is accessed from East Camano Drive via  Russell Road east to Sunrise Road then south to Iverson Beach Road. Follow Iverson Beach Road east down to the beach area and drive north to theend. After a short level 1 mile walk with views of Port Susan Bay, a beaver activity area and the Hobbit Trail, drivers will caravan to Kristoferson Creek Habitat for a short visit. The caravan directions to the third stop at English Boom Historical Park will be given at Iverson Spit. The walk at English Boom Historical Park is about 1 mile in length on a marsh trail along Skagit Bay. A Mount Baker view, a picnic shelter, interpretive sign boards, bridges and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park. No dogs,please.

Saturday, June 19: Barnum Point Preserve:
Participants wearing masks should meet at 9:30 at Barnum Point, the newest Island County park, which has been open since 2017. The walk is about 3.3 miles. Great views, a wetland, viewing platforms and benches fill this trail experience. Island County has a workshop and storage on the property. The walk starts from the parking lot at 278 Sunrise Boulevard, located near the south end of Sunrise Boulevard. The walk down to the beach at the east end of the park is on a fairly steep gravel road. The group will move slowly for this early on experience. Note there are two bench “rest stops” on the way back up!The rest of the walk is mostly level with a few slight gain areas. There are many good views along the way. No dogs, please.

New WCLT Interactive Map

posted Feb 6, 2018, 8:54 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 8:58 PM ]


Whidbey Camano Land Trust  has launched an interactive map showing over 20 Island County protected properties that the public can visit.

Camano Wildlife Habitat Project Program Info

posted Oct 29, 2015, 3:47 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

BWH Image

Looking for info on the free programs usually held the third Wednesday of the month at the Camano Multi-purpose Center?  The latest info is always available at our sister website,  

Check the calendar or the announcement section.

Volunteers Needed - Kiosk & brochure boxes

posted Mar 15, 2015, 10:21 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated May 27, 2015, 4:44 PM ]

The FOCIP volunteers who currently maintain the kiosks and brochure boxes at our Camano Island parks are no longer able to do so.  Please consider adopting a kiosk or brochure box.  Email if you are interested.  

May 2015 Update:  The form for adopting a brochure box or kiosk has been incorporated into our Adopt-a-Park form at

Our current volunteer performs the following tasks:


****changes out the posters 3 times a year in most cases.  Monthly clean off cobwebs and replace brochure box info.  Takes a screwdriver, cleaning cloths, stapler and staples, etc.   Need to take a step ladder at times.

Has folders of pictures of animals, birds, flowers and different colored papers for art work.  A laminator is available for 8 ½ x 11 laminating.  Gets posters from different events and has a collection of different ones for use.

Brochure Boxes:

Cleans boxes & changes out on monthly basis.  During wet winter months only a few brochures are placed.  Marks brochures to indicate which park they were placed in.

List of FOCIP Kiosks at State and County Parks


Camano Island State Park – 

Boat ramp has 1 kiosk with front and back

Marsh trail has 1 kiosk with one side and brochure box

Main entrance has 1 kiosk with front and back and brochure box

Magnetic board kiosk by main entrance needs info during summer  programs  

Registration booth is just a broom sweep sometimes

Amphitheater kiosk for summer program posters – three standing info boards in theater area to clean.

Group Camp has 1 kiosk front and back

Emerson Trail 1 kiosk (no poster changing) 1 brochure box and 1 Box for trail info

North Beach 3 kiosks – 2 to change info and one brochure box.  Four sided history info no changes just clean sometimes.


Cranberry Lake Trail 1 kiosk front and back has brochure box  Taken

Ivy Dry Lake Road 1 kiosk front and back with brochure boxTaken

Elger Bay Preserve 1 main kiosk one sided has brochure box.  Near beaver viewing bench I kiosk to clean sometimes.

Four Springs Lake Preserve has 1 main kiosk with brochure box, 1 kiosk at trail head with brochure box.  1 kiosk down on Holton Trail needs cleaning and change once in a while.  Tentative

Iverson Spit has I main kiosk front and back with brochure box. Has 2 ground standing kiosks to clean on boardwalk.

Kristofferson Creek has 1 kiosk front and back and one brochure box  Taken

English Boom has 1 kiosk and one side for seasonal changes and has brochure boxes.

Camano Community Center has a brochure box at the trail on right when you come into the center.

 Utsalady Park has a brochure box on back of FOCIP installed bench. Taken

Terry’s Corner has a brochure box at the flower garden. Shared with BWH.


Exploring Camano Island: A History & Guide

posted Jun 3, 2014, 9:01 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 8:55 PM ]

Cover of Exploring Camano Island: A History & Guide
Showcasing volunteer efforts that protected Camano’s natural spaces! 

Without a town on the island and a small county office frequently closed, Camano Islanders have learned how to get things done — they just do it their way.  Before 1994, with just a state park and a handful of boat launches and picnic spots, getting to the beach or the forest was tough. Too many no trespassing signs warned people to stay away. Opportunities changed when community members found ways to protect natural areas with forests and shorelines. Volunteer efforts supported by nonprofit organizations made the island a welcoming spot for residents, visitors, and wildlife.  These natural places that citizens preserved each has its story. Explore Camano Island — the natural land and water, its history, and the people wishing to live in harmony with nature.

Written by FOCIP member Val Schroeder

Proceeds from this book will be donated to support FOCIP and the Whidbey Camano Land Trust's efforts to protect natural habitat on Camano.

Available at Friends of Camano Island Parks events for $20 as a Fundraiser,  including BWH programs (3rd Wednesday, 7 PM, Camano Multipurpose Center (Blue Building), 141 East Camano Drive, Camano Island.  See for more info).

Also available at  local book stores, online and from the author.  

[September 8, 2014] Read the review by author Mary Trimble at

Our President Steps Down

posted May 5, 2014, 4:21 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

A letter from our president of the last 20 years, as printed in our April 2014 Newsletter

"Dear Friends: 

After very thoughtful consideration, I have decided to resign from my President-Co Chair position and try to balance my life with more travel; more participation in the recreational activities I so love; and focus on taking care of my house needs. This does not mean I am stopping my participation in FOCIP, it just means that instead of continuing with all the responsibilities the position has entailed, I will now limit my involvement to volunteering when I am available, and participating on the board in a Past President, advisory role. I have so appreciated all the board members along the way, with their dedication and commitment to the mission of FOCIP. I am most appreciative of the volunteerism and funding support that all of you who are active, occasionally involved, or support members, have so generously given toward our mission projects. It is because of your belief in what this group has been doing, we have been able to sponsor new parks, to provide educational materials and programs and to carry out stewardship activities: creating new trails and added amenities; and keeping parks and trails maintained and user friendly for our visitors and community, FOCIP has been and will continue to be successful. Be sure to check out page 2 for election information, and page 3 for upcoming activities and please renew your membership and know added donations are always welcome and much appreciated! See the inclosed renewal insert. Thank you all for the wonderful support you have given me and the other board members over these 20+ years!!!! 


Camano Wildlife Habitat Project

posted Jan 12, 2014, 3:28 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

Camano Wildlife Program

FOCIP sponsors the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project. 

See or the calendar on our home page for info on Camano Wildlife Habitat Project work parties, the Garden Tour, and the free public programs held the third Wednesday of the month at the Camano Multipurpose Center ("The Blue Building").  

Have your event at a Camano Island Park

posted Feb 22, 2012, 3:43 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

Consider having your next event at one of the parks on Camano Island.

at Four Springs Lake Preserve
Cama Center photo
 Kitchen Shelter
 For less formal gatherings

(Note:  A one-day or annual Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks.)

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