Stanwood Camano #GIVINGTUESDAY Dec 1, 2015

posted Nov 23, 2015, 11:35 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

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On Dec. 1, 2015, from Midnight to 11:59:59 PM., our nonprofit is participating in Stanwood Camano Giving Tuesday. Your donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization through Our organization will benefit from bonus funds and prizes available for participating organizations. We hope you will consider supporting us on Dec 1st!

 Your donation will go a long way in helping us replace and enhance the educational signs on the Al Emerson Nature Trail at Camano Island State Park. Plus, gifts given that day will receive a portion of the bonus funds. Your donation of $100 can grow to $120, $130 or more!

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.

* * *PLEASE RSVP for Holiday Potluck, Tues, Dec 1

posted Nov 22, 2015, 12:05 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 11:35 AM ]

FOCIP's Holiday Potluck Dinner will take place on Tuesday, December 1 at the Camano Center (606 Arrowhead Rd) beginning at 5:30 PM.  Dinner will start about 6:15 PM and the speaker at 7 PM.  All members are invited to attend.  
Please contact us at as soon as possible if you are going to attend.  We need to know how many tables to set up for the event. Let us know what you plan to bring for the pot luck and whether one or more are attending.  If you are doing appetizers please come at by 5:30.

Penny B. will be our speaker.  She is going to talk about Warm Beach's history.  

In addition to dinner and speaker there will be a silent auction.  Contact us at if you wish to donate something to the auction.  In the past we’ve had glass work, wood work, fabric items, photographs, food items, art work, soap, candles, paper goods, etc. made by our members, as well as gift baskets, tickets to events or experiences, and objects that have ceased to bring joy to their current owners.  You can either deliver the item to Pam F or Kathleen S or bring it early on the night of the dinner.  Thanks for considering this.

We hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving & hope to see you on Dec 1.


posted Nov 16, 2015, 3:28 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Nov 16, 2015, 3:41 PM ]

Due to the weather forecasts for high wind gusts, the leaf raking work party scheduled for Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015 has been canceled.

There is NO work party on Nov 17.

A volunteer lunch will be scheduled in December - watch our calendar for details.

FOCIP Winter Walk Schedule 2015-2016

posted Oct 29, 2015, 3:57 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 5:51 PM ]

In 1995, Friends of Camano Island Parks began conducting guided Camano Trail Walks for the public on the first Saturday of the month from November through May. Walks take place on Island County and State park trails constructed, maintained and enhanced by FOCIP through its stewardship program.  All walks start at 9:50 a.m. and are completed by noon. 

Join FOCIP members and the 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.  Walks are canceled if there is snow or extremely high winds. Walkers are asked to wear appropriate clothes for the weather and sturdy shoes or boots. No pass requirement for State Park walks. No dogs please for the safety of the walkers.



Saturday, Nov. 7: 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.  A State park pass is not required. The walk is completed by noon.


Saturday, Dec 5: 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. 2: 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, Feb. 6: 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. 5:  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. 2: 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 7: 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.


Saturday, Nov. 5: Camano Island State Park

Saturday, Dec. 3:  Elger Bay Preserve

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,  

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 Nov 16, 2015, 3:42 PM ]

Work Parties 

There are three work parties scheduled for November:  
  • Tues, Nov 3   
  • Tues, Nov 10 
Meet at 9:30 am at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station.  Bring lunch; dessert and beverage provided.  

  • CANCELED DUE TO HIGH WIND WARNING- Tues, Nov 17  - Leaf Raking Work Party 
Meet at 9:30 am at the Camano Island State Park Ranger Station.   Lunch 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!!!! 


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