FOCIP Adopt-a-Road Litter Pick-Up

posted Sep 26, 2015, 12:32 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

Adopt A Road sign
Our next Adopt a Road litter pickup is Saturday, Oct 3.  Meet at the parking area behind the Elger Bay Store on Mountain View Rd at 9:30 a.m. We have 6 miles of county road to pick up and we need as many people as possible to help so we can finish quickly. It should take only an hour and a half of your time. Wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. Rain or shine!

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.


FOCIP Activity Schedule 2014-2015

posted Nov 4, 2014, 12:38 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated May 13, 2015, 11:12 PM ]

See below for the FOCIP Activity Guide 2014-2015 PDF. 


Work Parties

posted Jun 3, 2014, 10:17 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Sep 7, 2015, 10:24 PM ]

Work Parties 

There are no work parties scheduled for September.  

There are three work parties scheduled for October:  
  • Tues, Oct 6   
  • Tues, Oct 13
  • Tues, Oct 20  
Meet at 9:30 am at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station.  Bring lunch; dessert and beverage provided.  


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!!!! 


2015 Free Days at Parks

posted Jan 14, 2014, 11:43 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Jan 2, 2015, 12:00 PM ]

A Discover Pass is not required at Washington State Parks on the following dates in 2015:  

Jan. 1: New Year’s Day
Jan. 18-19: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
March 19: State Parks' 102nd birthday
April 4: Saturday Spring Day
April 22: Earth Day
May 10: Sunday Spring Day
June 6: National Trails Day
June 13: National Get Outdoors Day
Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11: Veterans Day

See for  more info.

These are the National Park Service free days for 2015:
Jan 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Feb 14-16: Presidents Day weekend
Apr 18-19: opening weekend of National Park Week
Aug 25: National Park Service Birthday
Sep 26: National Public Lands Day
Nov 11: Veterans Day

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.)

Do you have a Discover Pass?

posted Feb 13, 2012, 10:40 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 10:24 PM ]

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.
Discover Pass graphic
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 can get more info or buy online at    
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.

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