Calendar

We’re pleased to present a number of educational, diverse, and downright fun events each year. Here is your opportunity to explore some of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) jewels in the San Juan Islands, all protected by the San Juan Preservation Trust.

Please note that current Preservation Trust members have first priority for these events and outings. Not a member? Not a problem! You can join now!

Questions regarding any of our outings can be directed to Bella French , Outreach & Membership Manager, at (360) 378-2461 or bella@sjpt.org.

Questions regarding our fieldwork days can be directed to Kathleen Foley, Program Director, 360-378-2461 or kathleenf@sjpt.org.

May 2015–April 2016

  • May 9, 2015 - ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCHEON
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

    ANNUAL MEETING & LUNCHEON

    Save the date for the Preservation Trust's Annual Meeting & Luncheon! This year we'll be treated to a special presentation by Craig Romano, author of "Day Hiking The San Juan and Gulf Islands".

    Hear highlights from the year, meet and greet Preservation Trust staff and trustees, and join other members for a delicious lunch. Held at the San Juan Yacht Club at 273 Front Street, Friday Harbor (just above the marina and a short walk from the Friday Harbor ferry terminal).

    Following the luncheon there will be an optional hike at Mount Grant Preserve from 1:30 - 3:30. Transportation provided.

    Reservation deadline is May 1. A contribution of $20 per person helps to cover the cost of your lunch.

    Please RSVP to Laurie Naylor at laurien@sjpt.org or 360-378-2461 with the number of seats, guests names and if you would like a vegetarian lunch.

    We hope you'll join us!

  • May 22, 2015 - THOR HANSON AUTHOR EVENT
    7:00 pm -

    THOR HANSON AUTHOR EVENT

    Hear local award-winning author and biologist Thor Hanson speak about his newly released book, The Triumph of Seeds, at an author event co-sponsored by Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Preservation Trust on May 22 at the Friday Harbor Grange Hall beginning at 7 pm.

    Following the presentation and a Q&A session, refreshments will be available and Thor will be signing books. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the San Juan Preservation Trust's Campaign to Save Mount Grant, a 141-acre ridge property on San Juan Island that will provide a scenic, accessible nature preserve for all.

    Thor is a San Juan Island resident, trustee on the board of the San Juan Preservation Trust and co-chair of the Campaign to Save Mount Grant.

    This event is free. No RSVP is required. Arrive early as seating is limited.

  • May 29, 2015 - VOLUNTEER WALDRON ISLAND
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    VOLUNTEER WALDRON ISLAND

    We're bringing back Fieldwork Fridays! This field day is scheduled for May 29 at SJPT's Mt. Disney Preserve on Waldron Island, where we will do some trail clearing.

    Times will be announced closer to the date but keep in mind due to remote locations, you’ll need to plan for a full day. Projects occurring on non-ferry serviced islands will be subject to vessel carrying capacity, so reserve your spot early!

    RSVP: Please confirm your participation with Kathleen Foley, Stewardship Manager, at 360-378-2461 or kathleenf@sjpt.org.

  • May 30, 2015 - MOUNT GRANT KICKOFF!
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    MOUNT GRANT KICKOFF!

    You are invited to help us kick off the Campaign to Save Mount Grant! Enjoy music, treats and naturalist-guided walks. Learn about this community-wide effort which will, if successful, provide a nature preserve that holds something for everyone ¬– hikers, birders, students, or those who simply want to gaze at the spectacular 360-degree views from the summit.

    Campaign co-chair Karin Agosta issues this hearty invitation to all: “Come join us for the community celebration. And if you have not yet been on Mount Grant, prepare to be wowed!”

    The event will celebrate progress so far on this important project and will allow our community to see, first-hand, the 141-acre Mount Grant property that has long been considered a gem of the islands. Expansive hiking trails are planned through dense forest up to a summit area with incredible vistas. For those not able to hike to the top, a road provides auto access so that people of all ages and physical ability can enjoy the spectacular, 360-degree views that span the horizon from Mount Baker to the Canadian Gulf Islands with regional island vistas as well.

    Local naturalists will be on hand to point out the many delightful features of Mount Grant and to identify landmarks visible from the summit. Marimba Kubatana will perform, and hot dogs, lemonade and other treats will be served. Representatives from the Preservation Trust, the Land Bank and the campaign steering committee of 22 San Juan Islanders will be on hand to answer questions.

    Parking is limited and carpooling is strongly encouraged. If you plant to visit the Preserve on May 30, please consider using the free shuttle van for a ride to and from the event. It will depart from 1st Street North at the corner of Court Street, in front of the Courthouse, every 30 minutes from noon until 3 pm. Transportation will be available to shuttle non-hikers to the summit, but no other cars will be allowed up Mount Grant during the event. (Long-term plans for the preserve include opening the road on selected days and hours so that all have access to the top of the preserve.)

    Saturday, May 30
    Noon to 4 pm
    Mount Grant Preserve, San Juan Island

    Directions: Entrance is 4.9 miles from Friday
    Harbor Courthouse. Take Guard Street which
    becomes Beaverton Valley Rd. Continue on
    West Valley Rd. Large sign at entrance on left.

    Questions? Call (360)378-2461.

  • June 6, 2015 - BIRDS & BICYCLES
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    BIRDS & BICYCLES

    Hey, you biking and birding enthusiasts -- this one's for you!

    Cycle your way through lovely San Juan Valley as we search for the Western bluebird and other summer avian residents. You'll learn about the Preservation Trust's conserved lands and stop for a scenic picnic lunch along the way. Birding experience is not necessary. Beginning birdwatchers welcome!

    Our route will be a moderate 6-10 mile round-trip bike ride with a few rolling hills. The field trip is from 10 a.m. to 2 pm, departing from and returning to our Friday Harbor office. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP required. Activity level moderate. Free.

    To RSVP, contact Bella French at bella@sjpt.org or (360) 378-2461.

  • June 19, 2015 - VOLUNTEER SHAW ISLAND
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    VOLUNTEER SHAW ISLAND

    Graham Preserve, Shaw Island

    We are bringing back Fieldwork Fridays! This field day will involve fence removal, home site clean up and mowing thistle. Times will be announced closer to the date but keep in mind that you’ll need to plan for a full day.

    Please confirm your participation with Kathleen Foley, Stewardship Manager, at 360-378-2461 or kathleenf@sjpt.org.

  • July 18, 2015 - DISCOVERING VENDOVI
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    DISCOVERING VENDOVI

    If you have not yet visited this magical island, our member field trip offers a chance to see what your donation dollars have helped to protect. Vendovi is enchanting. Your guided tour will take you on winding trails through pristine fern forests that lead to spectacular views and quiet beaches. We'll have a picnic lunch followed by free time to explore on your own before returning.

    Allow a full day for this field trip. A fee of $55 per person helps to cover your round-trip boat transportation and lunch. Group size limited to 27 people. Trip departs from Skyline Marina in Anacortes at 10 a.m. and returns to Anacortes at 3 pm. Directions and itinerary will be provided. Carpooling from the Anacortes ferry terminal to the marina can be arranged in advance.

    PLEASE NOTE: THIS FIELD TRIP IS FULL. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact Bella at (360) 378-2461 or bella@sjpt.org

  • July 24, 2015 - VOLUNTEER STUART ISLAND
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    VOLUNTEER STUART ISLAND

    On this Fieldwork Friday we'll be working at our Wren Hill Preserve on Stuart Island. The project will involve removing a shed and orchard fencing. Times will be announced closer to the date but keep in mind due to the remote location, you’ll need to plan for a full day. Stuart is a non-ferry serviced island, so this field day will be subject to vessel carrying capacity. Reserve your spot early!

    Please confirm your participation with Kathleen Foley, Stewardship Manager, at 360-378-2461 or kathleenf@sjpt.org.

  • August 14, 2015 - VOLUNTEER HENRY ISLAND
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    VOLUNTEER HENRY ISLAND

    Aug 14: Mosquito Pass Preserve, Henry Island: Rose bush removal, trail clearing

    We are bringing back Fieldwork Fridays! Times will be announced closer to the date but due to remote location, you’ll need to plan for a full day. This project is on non-ferry serviced islands will be subject to vessel carrying capacity, so reserve your spot early!
    Please confirm your participation with Kathleen Foley, Stewardship Manager, at 360-378-2461 or kathleenf@sjpt.org.