There are no more work parties scheduled for October.
There are three work parties scheduled for November:
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.
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.
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
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 Snow Goose Bookstore, local book stores, and from the author. More info at https://www.historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Exploring-Camano-Island/9781626193642
Preview the book at https://www.historypress.net/preview.php?q=9781626193642
[September 8, 2014] Read the review by author Mary Trimble at http://www.marytrimblebooks.com/marys-blog/
A letter from our president of the last 20 years, as printed in our April 2014 Newsletter
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!!!!
A Discover Pass is not required at Washington State Parks on the following dates:
See http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/faq/#freedays for more info.
These are the National Park Service free days for 2014:
See http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm for more info.
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.
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.
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/.
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
Please use the following email addresses for FOCIP-related messages:
Future email updates will come from FOCIP.TomE@gmail.com so please update your contact list.
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
You can find the Washington State Parks News Release on the Discover Pass (number 11-029, "Discover Pass now available.doc").
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.
UPDATE (August 15, 2011)
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.