Adopt-a-Road Litter Pick-up Sat, Feb 21

posted by FOCIP of Camano Parks

Adopt-a-Road street signOur next Adopt-a-Road litter pick-up is scheduled for 9:30 am, Sat, Feb 21, 2015

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!

Winter Walks & FOCIP Activity Schedule 2014-2015

posted Nov 4, 2014, 12:38 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Nov 4, 2014, 12:41 PM ]

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

Here is the schedule for our free guided walks.   Our Walking the Camano Island Trails  guide will be available during these
walks for a $1 suggested donation.  Val Schroeder's book, Camano Island:  A History and a Guide will also be available.

Sorry - no dogs on the guided walks.

Winter Walks 2014-2015

Saturday, Nov. 1 Camano Island State Park: Meet at 9:50 at the picnic shelter near the boat ramp at Camano Island State Park. Park pass required, but for those without, a temporary is provided bv FOCIP.  The walk includes 2 elevation gains of about 50’ with the rest of the walk fairly level.  The trail is 2.6 miles long with excellent views of Saratoga Passage and Elger Bay including a walk through a beautiful “fern grotto.” and ravine.

Saturday, Dec 6: Elger Bay Preserve: Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the junction of Elger Bay Road and Dry Lake Road just north of the Elger Bay Elementary School and Elger Bay Store.  This is a fairly level trail with one 50’ gain toward the middle of the walk. The beautifully signed Elger Bay Nature Trail with a side trip to the beaver marsh platform is part of the walk. The walk is a 2.5 mile round trip, completed by noon.

Saturday, Jan. 3rd: Cama Beach State Park: Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake Road junction. You may access Dry Lake Road from Elger Bay Road north of Elger Bay Elementary School or Monticello Road that intersects West Camano Road and Elger Bay Road. Parking is on the Ivy Road cul-de-sac.  We will walk from the N.E. section of Cama down hill to the Cut Off Trail and then walk the Marine View loop Trail, followed by the Bluff Trail and Old Entrance Trail 2.7 miles total.  Shuttles will be available for those wishing a ride back to Ivy. Option to walk back to Ivy would make the walk 3.9 miles total.  The walk is completed by noon. 

Saturday, Feb. 7: Camano Ridge Forest Preserve: Meet at 9:50 a.m. at the Camano Center on East Camano (Blue building next to Tennis Courts) for the 3.3 miles walk. There will be a brief stop at the Kristoferson Beaver Marsh on the way back to the cars. The first 1/2 mile of trail has a 200’ gain. Trails on top are level with short up and downs and include a forested loop and a wetland trail.

Saturday, Mar. 7: Cama to CISP: Meet at 9:50 at Ivy Road and Dry Lake road junction. You can access Dry Lake Road from Elger Bay Road or Monticello Road.  Walk from the Cama trailhead to the South beach of Camano Island State Park enjoying the downhill and level terrain with great views. Shuttle cars will be available to return drivers to the trailhead. If you wish you can walk back. The walk is 3.3 miles one way

Saturday, Apr. 4: Four Springs Lake Preserve: Meet at 9:50 in the parking area of Four Springs, Proceed from East or West Camano Roads on Camano Hill Road and turn north on Lewis Lane which is located just west of the Camano Ridge Road.  See this beautiful preserve with a walk on the perimeter trail including the wetland trail. The perimeter trail includes two 50’ fairly steep hills with benches at the top. The distance of the walk is approximately 2 miles.  A tour of the day-rental Four Springs House, Meadow room and Barn is available.

Saturday, May 2nd: Iverson Spit Preserve, Kristoferson Creek Habitat, English Boom Historical Park: Participants should arrive at Iverson Spit Preserve at 9:50 a.m. Iverson Spit is accessed from East Camano Drive via Russell Road east to Sunrise Road then south to Iverson Beach Road. Follow Iverson Beach Road east down to the beach area and drive north to the end. After a short level 1 mile walk with views of Port Susan Bay, a beaver activity area, and the “Hobbit Trail” drivers will leave there and caravan to Kristoferson Creek Habitat for a short visit. The caravan directions to the next stop at English Boom Historical Park will be handed out at Iverson Spit. The walk at English Boom Historical Park is about 1 mile in length on a marsh trail along Skagit Bay. Baker view, interpretive boards and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park. Interpretive boards and a boardwalk are some of the special features of this historical park. 

Work Parties

posted Jun 3, 2014, 10:17 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated ]

Work Parties 

There are no more work parties scheduled for January.  

There are three work parties scheduled for February:  

  • Tues, Feb 3   
  • Tues, Feb 10  
  • Tues, Feb 17  
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 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. 


Exploring Camano Island: A History & Guide

posted Jun 3, 2014, 9:01 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated ]

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").  

FOCIP 2013-2014 Event Calendar

posted Oct 20, 2013, 7:29 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Oct 20, 2013, 7:59 PM ]

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.  

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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