San Juan Islands Community Resource Guide

Resources for our residents and community wellness through health and social services, education and volunteering.


Friends of the San Juans

Director: Stephanie Buffum

Organization physical address: 650 Mullis St # 201, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250.

Organizational mailing address (if different to above): PO Box 1344, Friday Harbor, WA, 98250.

Email Director: Stephanie@sanjuans.org

Phone number general: 360-378-2319

Organization Website: www.sanjuans.org

Organization Mission Statement: To protect and preserve the land, water and sea of the San Juan Islands and Salish Sea for people and nature.

Registered Business structure/Charitable status: (501(c)3, 503, LLC, community based social group).

Target Audience or Areas Served or Area of Operation: Anyone who desires clean air, water and food, and healthy environment to live, work, and recreate.

Organizational Service Area, Categories, Tags: San Juan archipelago and greater Salish Sea, environment, climate, shoreline, farms, technical assistance, walking paths, bike paths, sea level rise, forest, farmland, water, shipping, oil spill, comprehensive land use planning, advocacy, education, canoes, tribal, first nations, traditional ecological knowledge, culture, history, natural history, volunteer, plastic bag ban, iris, garden, wetland, coastal hazard, mapping, GIS, board of directors, earth, donate, endowment, divestment, solar power, tidal power, energy, labor, cargo ships, tanker ships, contributions, newsletter, Shaw, Orcas, San Juan, Orcas, Stuart, Canoe, Waldron, Blakely, Sucia, Matia, National Parks, National Monument, Orca, Orca Sing, marbled murrlett,, Island Marble Butterfly, Pinto Abalone, Surf smelt, sandlance, salmon, herring, rockfish, starfish, kayak, boat trips, feederbluffs, science, law, advocacy, policy, internship, Whales.

Description of Services, Families: Education, Technical assistance, natural history, and outdoor programs, camping, boating, safety, governance, canoe building and canoe trips.

Description of Services, Adults: Education, natural history trips, technical assistance, training in the field of environmental science and conservation. Field work and legal skills training and development, mentoring. outdoor programs, camping, boating, safety, governance.

Description of Services, Youth/Teen: Research, Education, Technical assistance, natural history mentoring; outdoor education; canoe building and canoe trips, training in the field of environmental science and conservation. Field work and legal skills training and development, mentoring.

Volunteer Opportunities/Needs: Board member, events, office, mapping, boat, fish surveys, note taker, research, graphic design, fundraise, lead talks.

Charitable Donations Accepted: Yes – Cash, credit card, endowment campaign, annual fund.


Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education

Director: Sharon Abreu

Organization physical address:  1315 Vusario Lane, #969, Eastsound, WA, 98245

Organizational mailing address (if different to above): PO 969, Eastsound, WA, 98245

Organization Website: http://irthlingz.org

Organization Mission Statement: Our mission is to wake people up to their natural environment so pleasantly that they don’t mind having been awakened! We use music, theater, multi-media entertainment and fun to ignite love for our environment and inspire proactive care of our world with a collective consciousness. We promote and support environmentally, socially and economically sustainable lifestyles, communities, and development.

Registered Business structure/Charitable status: (501(c)3, 503, LLC, community based social group) 501(c)(3)

Target Audience or Areas Served or Area of Operation: We sometimes work with young children in schools. Currently, we’re mostly reaching out to adults and high school and college students. We are based in Eastsound, Washington, but our reach is local, regional, national and international.

Email Director: sharmuse@gmail.com

Phone number Director: 3603765773

Organizational Service Area, Categories, Tags: Environmental Education, Music, Theater, Arts, Planet, Earth, Fun.

Description of Services- Families: We can provide family-friendly environmental education performances.

Description of Services- Adults: We create performances and presentations to connect with adults around environmental issues that impact human health and wellbeing, in particular climate change. We provide responsible information and help them see themselves as part of the solution without that being overwhelming thing.

Description of Services- Youth/Teen: We create performances, presentations and workshops to share our skills and approach to environmental education, in particular climate change education, with young adults. We help them find their voices (literally and figuratively) and give them some direction and performance skills, help them put on a production, provide responsible information, give them encouragement, and help them see themselves as part of the solution without that being overwhelming thing.

Volunteer Opportunities/Needs: We can use volunteer help identifying and contacting places that might be interested in what we have to offer.

Charitable Donations Accepted: Yes.