Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, January 13, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, January 13th from 10am until noon.  Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, January 20, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Whales Are Coming! For our first lecture in our 2017 Lecture Series, please come to hear about research and insights on Northwest Coast Humpback, Blue, and Gray Whales and their occurrence in our waters.  Some whale species now use Salish Sea waters more frequently than in the past and in ways we had not realized. Research biologist John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research Collective, Olympia, Wa., will discuss new research, including feeding and other behaviors, to explore their underwater behavior and why some are coming here. - Northwest Educational  Service Dist. Building, 1601 R Ave., Anacortes.  Lectures are free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Hike for Adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, February 10th from 10am until noon.
Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring.  Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Friends of the Forest Annual Membership Meeting – Everyone is Welcome!

Join us on Wednesday, February 15th at 7pm at the Depot, located at 611 R Ave. in Anacortes. This is a great opportunity to get to know more about the Friends of the Forest and our work in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. We will begin with a brief annual report and elections followed by a special presentation. Discussion and refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there!

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, February 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Fishes of the Salish Sea: Pacific viperfish, northern flashlight fish, longsnout prickleback - just a few of the species identified in a 35 year survey of the Salish Sea. The report and forthcoming book, co-authored by our speaker, are sure to become valuable references for further scientific work on Salish Sea fish. Please come to hear Dr. Jay Orr, PhD Research Fisheries Biologist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA, present and discuss his findings. As the report's other co-author Dr. Ted Pietsch has said, "If you don't first know what you have, it's impossible to know what you might be losing". Join us to see what is there!

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 am
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Cranberry Lake Fitness Hike for the very fit!

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, March 4  from 10am until 1:30pm. We will cover all of the Cranberry Lake Forest lands except for the northeast portion that was impacted by the fire. We will have a chocolate tasting half way through!
Dress in layers and bring water.  Distance:  7 miles. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pine Ridge Loop Hike For Adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, March 10th from 10am until noon.
What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. . These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, March 17, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Sound in the Salish Sea

Delve deeper into the impact of human-caused "ocean noise" on marine species that use sound to navigate, find prey, and interact socially beneath the waters of the Salish Sea. Oceanographer Scott Veirs, PhD, president of Beam Reach Marine Science and Sustainability School, Seattle, Wa., brings home the message of last fall's Friends of Skagit Beaches film series program "Sonic Sea."  Learn how rising sound levels from commercial shipping, seismic exploration, sonar, military training, and other human activities may be impacting marine life in our own backyard.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, Friday, April 14th from 10am until noon.
This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Tesoro EIS open house

Monday, April 17, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Tesoro Anacortes Clean Products Upgrade Project (CPUP) draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now available for review and comment. Comments received on the draft EIS will be compiled, reviewed and considered by Skagit County. A final EIS will then be prepared. Comments must be submitted no later than May 8, 2017.

Skagit County is overseeing the preparation of an EIS for the Tesoro Anacortes CPUP. Tesoro is proposing additions and upgrades to their existing facility in order to produce 15,000 barrels per day of mixed xylenes and to supply cleaner local transportation fuels.

We would like to hear from you. The public plays an essential role in the Tesoro Anacortes CPUP EIS process. There are several ways to learn more about the project and submit your comments.

Visit the online open house between March 23 and May 8, 2017. www.TesoroAnacortesEIS.com

Attend the open house and public hearing Monday, April 17, 2017

Anacortes High School, 1600 20th St., Anacortes, WA 98221
Open House: 4-8 p.m., Gymnasium
Facilitated public hearing session: 4:30-8 p.m., Brodniak Hall

Friends of Skagit Beaches Lecture Series

Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Why do marine birds, fish, and mammals feed where they do? How do tsunamis and earthquakes impact marine habitats? What efforts can help mitigate sea level rise and human population increases? Understanding the geology, substrate and topography of the Salish Sea floor may provide answers to these questions. Please come to hear Dr. Gary Greene, Ph.D, marine gologist and Director of the SeaDoc/Moss Landing Marine Lab's Tombolo Mapping Lab, Orcas Island, Wa, discuss answers to these fascinating and important questions.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earth Day NW shore traverse at Whistle Lake Hike for all ages 

Saturday Saturday, April 22nd from 10am until noon.

Join friends for an Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL.  Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. Anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain.


These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, April 26th from 5pm until 6pm.

Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 am
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Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 6th from 10am until noon . This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Morrison Meadow Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, May 12th  from10am until noon. For those that can handle a little over one mile hike with some hills at a slow pace. This is a beautiful route that culminates in a lovely wildflower meadow, sure to be in bloom. Meet at the end of 29th St. west off of D Avenue 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Westside Exploration Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 20th from 10am until noon. Take a two-mile walk on the wild Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and anyone else that wants to know more about this great part of the woods. We will climb the watertower road and enter the forest from the west, exploring a network of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way. 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Big Beaver Pond View Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, May 31 from  9am until 10am. There is a wonderful secret spot on the south shore of Big Beaver Pond with a viewing platform. Some hills. Meet at the gated kiosk at 37th and A Avenue.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Volunteering to Improve Small-Holder Agriculture Worldwide

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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WSU Horticulture Professor Carol Miles discusses her trip to Mozambique where farmers face scarce water and temperatures in the 100s. Under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development, she spent 2 weeks in the village of Buzi training farmers on pest management, rotating crops, and other areas to improve their crops and their lives.

Wed., May 31, 7pm - at the library

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 am
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Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am until after noon. The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake damaged trails and created dangerous conditions in the fire zone. The upper meadow trail (103) is scheduled to be open by this date. We will hike most of the way around on shore trail, then elevate to upper meadow through fire zone for the eastside stretch. Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep forest converge in this basin to create habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, June 9, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 9th from 10am until noon. It’s time for a visit with our elders on the south shore of Heart Lake. Orange trumpet honeysuckle and Ocean spray will be blooming as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest.  Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 1.7 miles.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 am
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Spring Fitness Hike - A grand tour of the Whistle Lake Forest Lands

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm for a thigh crunching 7 mile hike through the Whistle Lake area including Sugarloaf, a circumnavigation of Whistle Lake, and Sugarcube. Bring water and meet at the  Heart Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, June 21nd from 5pm until 6pm. We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Adult Program

Friday, June 23, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR   (Require advance registration 293-3725/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Please join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 23rd  from 10am until 4pm for our popuar Ethnobotany Field Seminar 

Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. 

Adults only, must register by phone or email. More information will be given upon registration.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All Around Whistle Lake Hike - for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 24th from 10 am until after noonRevel in the longest daylight of the year on our near summer solstice hike. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Week until August 12, 2017

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Week until August 12, 2017

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, August 5, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Every Week until August 12, 2017

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Public Sail aboard the schooner Adventuress

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Detached from recurrence

Join us aboard the 104-year-old National Historic Landmark schooner Adventuress. Help raise the sails, take a turn at the helm, and explore the beauty of your local waterways while learning more about emerging issues in Puget Sound. No sailing experience is required; all ages are welcome. Reservations are recommended. Price: $35.00 to $65.00 —$65/adult and $35/youth; Sound Experience Members sail free!

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 05, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, August 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

At Cap Sante Marina, 1019 Q Ave

Dragonflies & Damselflies of Anacortes

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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“The Dragonfly Whisperer,” scientist-author Jim Walker, presents a lively, entertaining and kid-friendly program that

  • explores the world of dragonflies through words and images, including slow-motion videos of dragonflies laying eggs, bathing and spin-drying;
  • offers tips on how to coax a dragonfly to perch on your finger and how to see the famous Happy-face Dragonfly, discovered right here in Anacortes!
  • launches his newly published field guide Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coastand kicks off his author tour.

Learn more on Prof. Walker’s blog at http: thedragonflywhisperer.blogspot.com.

Wed., Sept. 6, 7pm at the Anacortes Library.

Tales from Wild Alaska

Friday, October 13, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:05 pm
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Renowned Alaskan author and wildlife photographer Nick Jans will read from his most recent book, THE GIANT'S HAND,  accompanied by a slide show and his personal experiences from living above the arctic circle in the native village of Ambler for over 20 years. Nick is well-known for his true story, A WOLF CALLED ROMEO, and numerous other books.

WHEN:  Friday, October 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

WERE:   Anacortes Senior Center  1701 22nd St.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC  (Cash only, please, for book or print purchases.)

Fidalgo Shoreline Academy

Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
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It’s time for the sixth(!) Annual Fidalgo Shoreline Academy!   Come spend a day with us hearing from top scientists and local community leaders on a wide range of topics designed to broaden your perspectives, deepen your knowledge, and inspire you to learn more.  

Our Keynote speaker will be Dr. Phoebe Barnard, Executive Director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute, who will present “When Rome is Burning” - a talk on the alarming decline of global biodiversity, what it all means, and what we can do about it.   Come join us for the day to hear other environmental presentations and chose from a wide variety of fascinating lectures and interactive programs.  

Registration begins Sept. 6 and closes October 19.  5.0 FREE clock hours are available to educators.  

The Academy is sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches whose mission is to protect Skagit County’s shorelines through education, research and stewardship. For more information about the Academy’s specific lectures and event details, $30 registration, as well as to register from our web site, visit: http://skagitbeaches.org. Or to register on-line visit: https://fidalgoshorelineacademy2017.eventbrite.com For questions please e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When:  October 21, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where:  Northwest Educational Service District Building, 1601 R Street, Anacortes