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 October.    

There are three work parties scheduled for November:  
  • Tues, Nov 4  
  • Tues, Nov 11  
  • Tues, Nov 18 
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 Sep 8, 2014, 9:04 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!!!! 


2014 Free Days at Parks

posted Jan 14, 2014, 11:43 AM by FOCIP of Camano Parks

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

1/19 - 1/20  Martin Luther King Day
3/19  Washington State Parks' 101st birthday
4/19  A spring Saturday free day
4/22  Earth Day
5/11  A spring Saturday free day
6/7 - 6/8  National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend
6/14  National Get Outdoors Day
8/25  National Park Service’s birthday
9/27 National Public Lands Day
11/11  Veteran's Day weekend

These are the National Park Service free days for 2014:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2/15 - 2/17
Presidents Day weekend
2/19 - 2/20
opening weekend of National Park Week
National Park Service Birthday
National Public Lands Day
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.

EMail Addresses - Tom & Adopt-a-Park

posted Jun 30, 2011, 2:41 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 8:51 AM ]

Please use the following email addresses for FOCIP-related messages:
 Adopt-a-Park   Adopt-a-Park volunteers - PLEASE use this email address to report your time, related requests & info
Future email updates will come from so please update your contact list.

Starting July 1, Discover Pass needed at State Parks, WDFW & DNR sites

posted Jun 27, 2011, 6:02 PM by FOCIP of Camano Parks   [ updated Apr 11, 2012, 10:31 PM ]

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.

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