Stewardship Network of the San Juans

Stewardship Network of the San Juans We are a coalition of organizations dedicated to the environmental stewardship of the Salish Sea. Join us at our next Stewardship Network membership meeting.

The Stewardship Network of the San Juans is…

A coalition of private and public conservation-based organiza-
tions whose vision is a healthy, thriving ecosystem in the San Juans. Our mission is to promote awareness of the Salish Sea ecosystem and our shared responsibility for its preservation and conservation by working collaboratively on education, outreach, volunteer and science initiatives. Mee

tings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at Heritage Bank Conference Room, in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. All are welcome!

09/28/2023

Our Mission The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild) is a community-based volunteer organization dedicated to fostering a vibrant, resilient and sustainable local food system in San Juan County, Washington. San Juan Islands Food Hub San Juan Islands Food Hub The San Juan Islands Food Hub d...

09/28/2023

by Julie Curtis

09/28/2023

♻️County News!♻️

San Juan County Department of Environmental Stewardship has announced that the Fall 2023 Great Islands Clean-Up will be held THIS Saturday, September 30, starting at 10 a.m. on all islands! This bi-annual event invites participants of all ages to make a positive impact on our environment by signing up to collect trash at designated locations to then be properly disposed of. Visit plasticfreesalishsea.org/events to see the details for the San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez events. Make a difference in your community THIS SATURDAY! 🌊♻️🌲🗑️

Click the link below to learn more about the event! ⬇️
https://www.sanjuanco.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1484

09/20/2023
This Wednesday 9/20 at 7pm!
09/19/2023

This Wednesday 9/20 at 7pm!

We're so excited to have Pacific Indigenous scholar Dr. Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell join us next week! Dr. Gerry will be discussing her own journey with decolonization, while challenging and expanding our understanding of our own.

This is a hybrid program; you can attend in person at the Library or online via Zoom. If you wish to attend online, you can register to receive the Zoom link here: https://live-sanjuan.pantheonsite.io/event/building-community-through-decolonization

09/19/2023
09/15/2023

Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut is coming home 🖤
Lummi Nation will be hosting a service in her honor on Friday, September 22nd at 10AM at the Wexliem Community Building.

For more information please contact Althea Wilson: 360-824-1908 [email protected]

09/15/2023

The Salish Seeds Project is back with its annual Fall Native Wildflower Sale, with more plants to choose from than ever!

Buyers can reserve plants online September 12–17 and pick them up on Saturday, September 30 at locations on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, and Waldron islands.

Plants are produced locally by the Salish Seeds Project, a joint program of the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust. This year’s sale also features some wonderful native bulbs provided by the San Juan County Master Gardener’s Foundation. Choosing native species for landscaping supports pollinators, wildlife, and water conservation.

When the sale opens online at 9am on Tuesday, September 12, look for the WILDFLOWER SALE tab in the menu bar of the Land Bank’s website (sjclandbank.org). In the meantime, an advance guide to the sale, featuring plant descriptions, photos, and prices, is available now on the Salish Seeds Project webpage.

Old favorites are back, including nodding onion, red-flowering currant, Douglas aster, common camas, Henderson’s shooting-star, and western dog violet. New offerings include native grasses, lance-leaf sedum, harvest brodiaea, and salmonberry. A very special “Wildflower Meadow Mix” seed packet is available.
















09/15/2023
Happening TONIGHT @ 5:30pm! Afterwards at 7pm, head right on over to the Whale Museum's summer lecture series via zoom o...
09/14/2023

Happening TONIGHT @ 5:30pm!

Afterwards at 7pm, head right on over to the Whale Museum's summer lecture series via zoom on "Reducing vessel impacts on Southern Resident Orcas."

TOMORROW AT 5:30PM: In our first installment of our Climate Action Speaker Series, join Joel Cresswell from the Department of Ecology in learning about state policies and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Fuel Standard and Climate Commitment Act.

Join in-person at the Friday Harbor Labs Commons or virtually over Zoom. Register for this FREE event at the link: https://forms.gle/VazXDw8WqvjV2Z2VA

The Climate Action Speaker Series is hosted by the The Madrona Institute and Friday Harbor Labs.

09/12/2023

The Madrona Institute Announces 2023 Stewardship Fund Request for Proposals

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: October 15, 2023

The Madrona Institute provides small grants to organizations to promote youth engagement, environmental and cultural stewardship, and climate action within the San Juan Islands through the Madrona Stewardship Fund. Funding is derived from the Department of Licensing from the sales of San Juan Islands Special License plates.

Learn about the application process and how to submit a letter of inquiry (LOI) at our website: https://www.madrona.org/san-juan-islands-special-license-plate

$25,000 is available to support eligible organizations in implementing projects that focus on youth engagement and climate action. Proposals can range from $5,000 to $10,000. We expect to grant 3-5 awards.

09/09/2023

Join The Madrona Institute and San Juan Island Library for an enlightening presentation by Pacific Indigenous scholar Dr. Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell on Wednesday, September 20 at 7 PM.

Through a personal journey of rediscovery, Dr. G will delve into her ancestry, confront internalized oppression, and provide a roadmap for decolonization. Drawing upon the theories of the colonized mind, she will demonstrate how the events of colonization continue to shape our present and how our everyday choices can pave the way for our future.

This is a hybrid event, held both in person at the Library and streamed online via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please register here: https://live-sanjuan.pantheonsite.io/event/building-community-through-decolonization

This is the final installment of a three-part speaker series hosted by the San Juan Island Library and The Madrona Institute, with funding from the San Juan Island Community Foundation 2022 County Fair Giving Campaign.

Mark your calendars! The Fall Great Islands Cleanup is coming up on Sept 30th ♻️🌎
09/08/2023

Mark your calendars! The Fall Great Islands Cleanup is coming up on Sept 30th ♻️🌎

Join us for the Fall 2023 Great Islands Clean-up! This fall’s event is on Saturday, September 30th. Help keep our roads and beaches litter-free during this biannual, all-islands community event! Get the details for San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez here: plasticfreesalishsea.org/events. 🌊🌎♻️

09/02/2023

On Friday, September 8, the San Juan County Land Bank is holding a special meeting to discuss the future of the Chadwick/Higgins property and Chadwick cabin, 10:15AM to 12:00PM.

Per our records, the Chadwick cabin, which was continuously occupied for 150 years, is the longest still standing house on Lopez Island.

Sampson Chadwick, a Civil War veteran, moved to Lopez in the 1870s, where he met and married Adelia Bradshaw, a half S'Klallam woman from Port Townsend. According to neighbor Tex Gieling, Chadwick’s grandson Kenneth Hume “willed the property to Eva Higgins because her husband had given them a tractor during the Depression to help with the farming.”

Long before Sampson Chadwick claimed it, the land was part of a Coast Salish reef netting and seabird netting network for thousands of years. This cultural significance continues today, as descendants of these reef netters include current Samish and Swinomish tribal members.

The cultural and historical significance of this land and house cannot be overstated. If you would like to learn more about the Land Bank's plans for the Chadwick/Higgins property, please join the conversation on 9/8:

https://sjclandbank.org/event/special-commission-meeting-watmough-bay-preserve-addition/

09/02/2023

Join Friends of the San Juans for a fun and informative excursion: Tour the Mud Bay habitat restoration project and learn more about marine food webs and the work Friends does to protect and restore the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea for people and nature while exploring beautiful Sucia Island!

09/01/2023

The Salish Seeds Project announces its annual Fall Native Wildflower Sale. Buyers reserve plants online September 12 – 17 and pick them up on Saturday, September 30 at locations on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, and Waldron islands. Plants are produced locally by the Salish Seeds Project, a joint program of the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust. Click on the link below to learn more.

https://sjclandbank.org/the-salish-seeds-project-bringing-back-island-wildflowers/

08/31/2023
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08/28/2023

Register Now!

Mark your calendars! During September and October 2023, The Madrona Institute is partnering with the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs to host our Climate Action Speaker Series.

Each free event will host engaging and knowledgeable speakers highlighting various topics relating to climate action. The series will culminate with a networking session for local climate groups.

Each talk will start at 5:30pm. Join us in person at the Friday Harbor Labs Commons or tune in via Zoom.

Register today to secure your spot!
https://www.madrona.org/islands-climate-resilience

Schedule of Events:
September 14, 2023: Climate Solutions at the State Level, Speaker: Joel Creswell, Department of Ecology

September 28, 2023: Climate Adaptation, Mitigation, and Resilience, Speakers: Chuck Greene, Friday Harbor Labs & Paul Cereghino, NOAA Restoration Center

October 12, 2023: San Juan County’s Climate Action Plan, Introduction by Senator Liz Lovelett, Speakers: Jay Kimball, San Juan County’s Climate and Sustainability Advisory Committee & Vince Dauciunas, OPALCO

October 26, 2023: Networking Session with Local Climate Groups, Facilitator: Nikyta Palmisani

Image Description: A backdrop picture of a sunset on a rocky beach, with a list of the speakers, dates, and times (also listed above).

Happening Tonight!!
08/28/2023

Happening Tonight!!

Upcoming program! Join lobbyist and Advocate Paula Sardinas as she tells us about the role that she and other women of color played in the passing of Washington's Climate Commitment Act in 2021.

This program will be on Zoom on Monday the 28th at 7:00 PM. You can register to receive the Zoom link here: https://live-sanjuan.pantheonsite.io/event/power-representation-paula-sardinas

08/27/2023

Hey Friends — Join us live on Instagram or on Facebook for the Celebration of Life today for Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (Tokitae).

https://www.instagram.com/friendsofthesanjuansinsta/live/

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsSanJuans/

Despite copious amounts of testing, our live YouTube feed wasn't so hot, so we pivoted! Thanks for bearing with the buffering, friends!
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More details for this Sunday's celebration of life for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut on San Juan Island ...

The community is invited to join the Lummi Nation, Se’Si’Le, House of Tears Carvers, and the Port of Friday Harbor Marina & Airport at San Juan Islands’ Jackson Beach for a Celebration of Life for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita). *Please note this is an alcohol-free event.

Sunday, August 27th, 12 pm to 3pm
Jackson Beach, San Juan Island

Please bring:

- Your own chairs, plates, and cutlery for the potluck.
- Large family-style food items to share (side dishes, bread, salads, etc.)
- Non-alcoholic beverages to share.
- Firewood donations are greatly appreciated! *Note: Fire permit obtained for this event, and fire safety precautions will be taken.

Getting there and parking:

- Parking will be limited—please help reserve and prioritize parking for disabled persons, tribal participation, and event organizers.
- Please carpool, ride a bike, or get dropped off if possible.
- Jackson Beach is approximately 1.6 miles from the Friday Harbor ferry terminal.
- Beginning at 10:45, shuttles in Friday Harbor will run about every 20 minutes to Jackson Beach from the Memorial Park roundabout near the Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal.
- Attendees traveling from the mainland can park at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal and take the ferry departing at 9:05 am, arriving in Friday Harbor at 10:10 am.

Can’t join in person?

The event will be live-streamed. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut has touched many lives—join in spirit and ceremony to honor her life, legacy, and the many people who fought tirelessly for her return home to the Salish Sea. The live stream will begin Sunday, August 27th, at 12 pm here: https://www.youtube.com/

For celebration of life updates, visit https://sanjuans.org/2023/08/26/in-the-wake-of-the-loss-of-a-dear-friend/

Mural art by Melanie Schambach.

08/22/2023

Join the Lummi Nation, Se Si' Le, House of Tears Carvers and the Port of Friday Harbor Marina & Airport this Sunday, August 27th at Jackson Beach for a Celebration of Life for Sk'aliCh'elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita). The community is welcome to this event of song, story, and ceremony for the great loss of this special being. Included will be a ceremony for the Story Pole that was recently placed at Jackson Beach, originally carved in honor of Tokitae before making the journey to Miami in 2018.

Shuttles from the ferry are available, boats are welcome.

More details at https://sanjuans.org/2023/08/26/in-the-wake-of-the-loss-of-a-dear-friend/

Please share.
🖤🤍🖤🤍🖤

Happening today at the Green Village/ Ag Tent!
08/18/2023

Happening today at the Green Village/ Ag Tent!

Todays Line up at the Green Village/Ag Tent!
08/17/2023

Todays Line up at the Green Village/Ag Tent!

08/16/2023

SJICF's 2023 County Fair Giving Campaign starts today. 30 nonprofits need your help funding projects to sustain and enhance quality of life here on San Juan Island. The first $1,000 in donations to each project will be matched dollar-for-dollar by SJICF! Learn more about the campaign here: https://www.sjicf.org/fair/

Update: Happening TODAY 8/16 at the San Juan County Fair, join us at the Green Village/Agricultural Tent for these amazi...
08/15/2023

Update: Happening TODAY 8/16 at the San Juan County Fair, join us at the Green Village/Agricultural Tent for these amazing talks and demonstrations! 🌿

08/14/2023

We've teamed up with the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank to provide a fun take on a craft this Fair season! Drop by the Library booth with your school aged kiddos to pick up the beginnings of a craft bag. Follow the clues to explore the fair and find more craft materials! Once you've gotten the last pieces, put them all together to make a fun toy commemorating this year's theme: Dancing with the Steers.

08/12/2023

The plastic film recycling pilot program on San Juan Island is off and running! This graphic shows the materials that can be added to the receptacle outside of Marketplace.

Got questions❓
We'll have a table at Marketplace this Saturday, August 5th to provide info and free collection bags - come see us! ⬅️

Plastic Free Salish Sea

08/12/2023

We're very excited to announce our next webinar, featuring Polly Walker, PhD. She is a member of the Cherokee Southwest Township, and also serves as the chair of the Indigenous Education Institute! This webinar will take place August 17th, 2023, at noon Pacific Time. Please visit our website to register now!

http://indigenouseducation.org

08/10/2023

“What should I do if I find an artifact?”

First off, leave it where it is! Any artifacts on your own property are legally yours but can provide the most information to archaeologists in situ, or in its original context. Next, take a photo, note its location, and get in touch with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and your local tribes.

https://bit.ly/3QvkcuJ

08/09/2023

Volunteers needed! Join us at the San Juan County Fair, August 16th-19th — we're getting close to the event and need your help! Assist with booth setup and tabling, and greet eco-curious folks at the county fair. You don't need to be a Friends expert! We’ll provide training and support; you provide community spirit and a friendly smile. PERKS: We’ll cover your fair entry for the day, give you some cool gear, you will get to network with some fantastic local change-makers, and maybe eat some cotton candy, too. Email friends[at]sanjuans.org for available shifts!

01/26/2023

The Master Gardener Native Plant Sale begins this weekend!

Native plants are crucial to any ecosystem and the Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County 2023 Native Plant Sale is a great place for sourcing local native plants.

The sale commences on Saturday, January 28th, and will be open while supplies last, or until March 11th.

Orders can be picked up on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at locations on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan islands.

Visit mgfsjc.org to browse the sale, submit your orders, and learn more about the program.

Questions? Please contact Caitie Blethen at (360) 370-7663 or [email protected].












01/26/2023

(start watching at 45 secs) On June 30th, 2021, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy and Transition Salt Spring were thrilled to host two of British Columbia's...

01/13/2023

San Juan County Parks & Fair staff are already planning for the 2023 Fair! We are excited to announce the theme is “Dancing with the Steers.” The SJC Fair would like to invite all aspiring artists to submit art for the 2023 poster. Show us your creative ideas of what “Dancing with the Steers” looks like! The 2023 Fair dates are Aug. 16th-19th. www.sjcfair.org for more information

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The Stewardship Network of the San Juans is a coalition of private and public conservation-based organizations whose vision is a healthy, thriving ecosystem in the San Juans.

Our mission is to promote awareness of the Salish Sea ecosystem and our shared responsibility for its preservation and conservation by working collaboratively on education, outreach, volunteer and science initiatives.


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Fabulous seaweed art in this collection.
Come join the fun!