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:

Phone number general: 360-378-2319

Organization Website:

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.




Science for stewardship of the San Juan Islands, including biodiversity inventories, monitoring, ecological research, and experimental habitat restoration; community-science programs that engage islanders in useful local research and monitoring ecosystem health; and STEM enrichment in island schools involving hands-on laboratory and field experiences.

Director: Russel Barsh

Physical Address: Lopez Plaza Suite #9, 211 Lopez Road, Lopez Island, WA, 98261

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 415, Lopez Island, WA, 98261



Target audience: All of the San Juan archipelago; residents including children in K-12 programs; and visitors to public lands.

Description of Services to Adults: Technical assistance available to islanders in building, landscaping, and managing homes and gardens with respect for local wildlife and native plants including bats, bees, birds, butterflies, and wildflowers.

Description of Services to Youth: Educational opportunities in classrooms, after school hours, and summers in biochemistry, genetics, marine and terrestrial zoology, botany, both in the field and at our laboratory and research garden, through class projects, mentoring science fair projects, senior projects, community service hours, and paid apprenticeships.

Volunteer Opportunities: More than a hundred adult volunteers in seven community programs on six islands collect field data for Kwiaht and engage visitors to public lands. With a volunteer base that large, there is always room for training more islanders as field observers and site stewards!

Charitable Donations accepted: Kwiaht is 85% locally funded by family foundations and individuals. There is a donation button on our website.