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ADOPT-A-PARK - WA STATE PARKS

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


(See document attached below.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A PROGRAM INSTALLED TO VIEW THIS DOCUMENT)

Guided Walk Schedule 2019-2020

posted Oct 9, 2019, 5:12 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 5:24 PM ]

***ALL GUIDED WALKS CANCELLED***
***UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE***


Friends of Camano Island Parks will again host a series of Guided Walks for the public in the two Camano Island State Parks and six of the Island County Park trails on the first Saturday of the month November thru June.

Since 1995 FOCIP has been leading these walks and has constructed new trails, maintained and enhanced the trails through its continuing stewardship program. All walks start at 9:50 a.m. and finish by noon. 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.

No dogs please for the safety of the walkers.

2019-20 SATURDAYS

Saturday, Nov 2: Cama Beach State Park

Meet at 9:50 a.m. at Dry Lake Road and Ivy Rd junction. You may access Dry Lake Road from the Elder Bay Road just north of the Elger Bay School. Go west on Dry Lake Road to the Ivy Road Cul-de-sac for parking. We will walk downhill from there into Cama Beach State Park trails including the Bluff Trail, Marine Loop Trail, Bluff Trail and back to the Cama Entrance on the Old entrance
trail. A total of 2.7 miles. Shuttle service will be provided for those that do not want to walk back up the hill to Ivy increasing the total to 3.5 miles.

Saturday, Dec 7: Elger Bay Preserve
Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the junction of Elger Bay Road and Dry Lake Road just north of the school. Park along the south side of the road. This is a fairly level trail with one 50 ft. gain toward the middle of the walk. The beautiful signed Nature Trail and a side trip to the beaver marsh platform are highlights of the walk. 2.5 miles round trip for this trail length.

2020 WINTER-SPRING WALKS

Saturday, Jan 4: Camano Island State Park

Meet at 9:50 at the picnic shelter near the boat ramp, South beach. FOCIP will have a temporary parking pass. The walk includes 2 elevation gains of about 50 feet, with the rest of the walk fairly level. The trail is 2.6 miles longwith excellent views of Saratoga Passage and Elger Bay
including a walk through a beautiful fern grotto and ravine.

Saturday, Feb 1: Camano Ridge Forest Preserve
Meet at 9:50 at Camano Ridge West entrance parking. Take East or West Camano Drive to Camano Hill Road uphill and turn on Camano Ridge Road. Drive about a mile to the parking lot that is located on the east side of road. Watch for signs. The nearly 2.5 mile walk will include East and West loops, plus the Wetland Trail. Trails are generally level with a few short ups and downs.

Saturday, Mar 7: Cama to CISP
Meet at 9:50 a.m.  Park at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road Junction . You can access road from Monticello or Elger Bay Road. Walk from the Cama Trailhead to the South Beach of CISP enjoying the downhill, level terrain with great views. Shuttle Service will be available to return drivers to the
parking trailhead. The walk is about 3.5 miles.

Saturday, Apr 4: Four Springs Lake Preserve   CANCELLED
Meet at 9:50 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. Hopefully the Skunk Cabbage will be in bloom! A possible peek at the rental facility.


Saturday, May 2: Iverson Spit, Kristoferson Creek and English Boom
9:45 start at Iverson. East Camano Drive, turn East on Russell road, south on Sunrise Road
and south to Iverson Beach Road. Park at North end.  Short level walk includes dike walk and views of Port Susan, marsh walk and Hobbit Trail. Drivers will caravan to Kristoferson Creek for a quick salmon viewing stop, then north to Historical English Boom along a 1 mile Marsh trail and views of Skagit Bay and Mt. Baker. Interpretive boards, and boardwalk tell the
story of this historical park.

Saturday, June 6: Barnum Point County Park
This newest County park has been open for 3 years and has expanded with additional land acquisitions.  A new parking lot allows for much more parking. Work continues to improve walking paths, bridges added and rest areas. Hear the history as you walk to the beaches and other interesting areas of this former farm. From East Camano Drive, turn East on Russell Road, south on Sunrise to the end where you will enter the new parking area on the right.

New WCLT Interactive Map

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

map

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

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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,  http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/  

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 focip11@gmail.com 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 http://www.friendsofcamanoislandparks.org/get-involved/adopt-a-park

Our current volunteer performs the following tasks:

Kiosks:

****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 http://www.camanowildlifehabitat.org/ 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 http://www.marytrimblebooks.com/book-review-exploring-camano-island-a-history-guide/

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!!!! 

Carol"

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 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").  

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 http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/.    
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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