Special Work Party 9/13 Iverson Spit

posted Sep 7, 2016, 10:24 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

We will be holding a "special work party" on Tuesday Sept. 13th at "Iverson Spit". We will meet at 9:30, tools will be provided but bring your favorite pruners, lopers, or wheel barrow. We will be working with Janet Stein at the re veg area moving mulch around the plants and doing some more scotch broom removal. This will be Janet's last visit as Weed Board Coordinator for Island Co. so if you are free on the 13th stop by and give us a hand. Coffee and donuts will be available to get things started. Thanks --------Tom 

SAVED! Barnum Point

posted Jul 21, 2016, 9:17 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 4:10 PM ]

Barnum Point 

The fundraising goal to purchase the 37-acre at-risk property at Barnum Point was reached!

See for information on the project, including what else is planned.

2016 CISP Amphitheater Program

posted May 25, 2016, 9:44 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

These free talks start at 7:00 pm at the Camano Island State Park Amphitheater.
Our WA State Parks host these programs. 

Update re Barnum Point

posted Apr 15, 2016, 1:50 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated May 25, 2016, 9:47 AM ]

UPDATE from Tom Eisenberg:
"I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our FOCIP members and the FOCIP Board for your quick response in support of the acquisition of parcels to expand the Barnum Point County Park. Your e-mails were a large factor in the County’s decision to continue with this special opportunity. We have always known that Camano Island is a special place, and I’ve once again confirmed that the people on our Island are special also. Thanks so much to all of you for what you have done. Tom Eisenberg, President"

Urgent Request re Barnum Point

Please consider emailing Camano Island's County Commissioner, Rick Hannold at requesting his support for partnering with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust to expand the Barnum Point County Park. See attached a Barnum Parcels map for the project area.  Your email needs to be sent to Commissioner Hannold by Tuesday, April 19th.

The County has a one-time opportunity to place the entirety of the Point into a public park, including almost a mile of shoreline along with forested marine feeder bluff and 48 acres of private tidelands.  It’s important to point out to Commissioner Hannold that Barnum Point is the last possibility for public to acquire low bank waterfront acreage on Camano Island. The property is not only historic and iconic but also a vital key to the environmental health of Livingston and Port Susan bays and the Stillaguamish estuary.

FOCIP strongly urges you to craft your own message so that each email is personalized. Please this doesn’t have to be elaborating just your thoughts, but it does have to be done now.  

You may find additional information in the Land Trusts recent article on Protecting the Point (attached).  Thank you for your support in conveying the importance of this opportunity for Camano Islanders to Commissioner Hannold.  Without his support this opportunity could be lost forever. If you support this project please share this with friends, family, groups, and neighbors who live on Camano Island.

Thanks for your support 
Tom Eisenberg, FOCIP President

FOCIP emails to email addresses are being returned

posted Nov 22, 2015, 4:26 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

FOCIP emails to email addresses are being returned by  Please try to add to your contact list or safe senders list.

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.


Work Parties

posted Jun 3, 2014, 10:17 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Jul 15, 2016, 11:06 AM ]

Work Parties 

There are no remaining work parties scheduled for July 2016.  

There are two work parties scheduled for August:  
  • Tues, Aug 2    
  • Tues, Aug 9      
Meet at 9:30 am at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station.  Bring lunch; dessert and beverage provided.  

There are NO work parties currently scheduled for September.   


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.  Don't forget your volunteer parking pass or your Discover Pass.  Work party volunteers are asked to check their email at 8:00 am when there is wind or snow (rain does not count!) to see if there is a cancellation. 

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.  You can also check the calendar at

Rain or shine, so wear the right gear!  Join us at the work parties and find a task that fits!  


Exploring Camano Island: A History & Guide

posted Jun 3, 2014, 9:01 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Jan 25, 2015, 4:17 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 Snow Goose Bookstore, local book stores, and from the author.  More info at

[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!!!! 


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