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A Discover Pass is not required at Washington State Parks on the following dates:
|| Martin Luther King Day
|| Washington State Parks' 101st birthday
|| A spring Saturday free day
|| Earth Day
|| A spring Saturday free day
|6/7 - 6/8
|| National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing
|| National Get Outdoors Day
|| National Park Service’s birthday
||National Public Lands
|| Veteran's Day weekend
These are the National Park Service free days for 2014:
King Jr. Day
2/15 - 2/17
2/19 - 2/20
opening weekend of
National Park Week
National Park Service
National Public Lands
FOCIP sponsors the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project.
See http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/ 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").
The Friends of Camano Island Parks Schedule of Annual Community Activities and Programs 2013 & 2014 is attached. Click on the down arrow to download the schedule to your device and then open in Adobe Reader.
To view without using Adobe Reader: Click on the document name.
Work Parties - March 2014
There are three work parties scheduled for March:
- Tues, Mar 4
- Tues, Mar 11
- Tues, Mar 18
Meet at 9:30 am at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station. Bring lunch; dessert and beverage provided.
Work party volunteers are asked to check their email at 8:00 am on questionable weather days (i.e., wind or snow - rain does not count!) to see if there is a cancellation. Carol and Tom will have made a decision by that time.
Our work parties are usually held the first three Tuesdays of the month. We meet at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station at 9:30 am, rain or shine.
We are always looking for help from volunteers at the Four Springs or Camano Center gardens - just a couple of hours on some Tuesdays for mostly weeding and planting. FOCIP provides the tools. If you would send us your email, we'll send out times and dates to those specific volunteers.
Rain or shine, so wear the right gear! Join us at the work parties and find a task that fits!
Don't forget your volunteer parking pass or your Discover Pass.
Consider having your next event at one of the parks on Camano Island. (Note: A one-day or annual Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks.)
If you follow the news, you know
about the severe cuts to State Parks, including the layoff of many
rangers around the state. Some parks will now have seasonal rangers only
and at a reduced number.
State Parks Funding depends on the Discover
Pass. Please consider buying one.
You can purchase one at the Cama Beach State Park Welcome Center (360 387-1550) during their
regular business hours, or from one of the local small
stores selling fishing licenses. The annual pass (good for one year from day of purchase) is $30 when purchased at a state park, $35 when purchased at a dealer or online.
You also have the option to purchase a Discover Pass when you renew your tabs from WA DOL.
As of March 30, 2012, one Discover Pass can be shared between two vehicles. See this news release or this FAQ for more info.
Reasons to get a Discover Pass
- We are lucky to have two beautiful State Parks close to our homes.
- You can take visitors for walks on the many trails.
- Have a picnic
- Have breakfast or lunch at the new Cama Beach Cafe.
- Free Wi-Fi at the Cama Center.
- Attend many of the special events held at Cama or CISP: Center for Wooden Boat activities, Harvest Festival, Quilters Day, CamOcean, and many more to come with the Cama Center now open.
- Visit other area State Parks in our State, some close by to the North and on Whidbey, plus any of the designated D.N.R. Recreational areas.
Please use the following email addresses for FOCIP-related messages:
||Your messages to Carol will be forwarded to Tom if she is unavailable to handle FOCIP matters|
||Your messages to Tom will be forwarded to Carol if he is unavailable to handle FOCIP matters|
||Adopt-a-Park volunteers - PLEASE use this email address to report your time, related requests & info|
Starting July 1, 2011, you will need to display a Discover Pass on your vehicle at WA state parks, WDFW wildlife areas, WDFW water access points, and DNR recreation sites. Passes can be purchased at Cama Beach and Camano Island State Parks for $30.
For more info on the Discover Pass, see
July 1 is the first day of volunteering in the state parks that will go toward the 24 hours of time required for a free pass. The pass can be shared between two vehicles and is good for one year from the date of purchase.
Jeff Wheeler will hand out volunteer work passes for your vehicle on days you are doing volunteer authorized work in the park.
Volunteers who have volunteered 24 hours in Cama or CISP since July 1st can earn a Discovery Pass. Carol is providing a copy of the work party and adopt a park hours for those that have worked in July & August to the rangers. Individual Voucher forms must be filled out for each day you worked and description of tasks and then signed by a ranger. They must then be mailed to Olympia. There seems to be a fairly fast turnaround once the paperwork is submitted. You will be contacted when you have earned the pass. The process is a bit more complex than previously. State Parks is also hoping that community members will buy the Discover pass for at least one of their vehicles.
UPDATE (April 11, 2012)
A pass can be shared between two vehicles but it is only good for one vehicle at a time.
We will continue to update this page when we get more info about the Discover Pass.
Congratulations to board member, Barbara Brock
for the Island County
Coastal Volunteer of the Year
award for her work in our marine waters with
WSU Beach Watchers, shore stewards, coastal and fresh water salmon habitat
committees, Marine Resource Committee signage, etc. The award was presented in
February. There is a nice article and picture in Wednesday’s Everett Herald
well deserved honor for all of her contributions of energy, time and educational
expertise to protect our fresh and marine waters.