Join us for Low Tide Discovery Adventure! Meet up with one of our volunteer marine intertidal ecologists who will lead the group walk on the beach during low tide. You will be able to experience hands-on encounters with amazing teeny-tiny animals and plants.
During the summer FOLKS naturalist and Center for Whale Research volunteers can be seen watching for and studying orca whales. They record information about habits, observe weight and other health markers, watch for babies, count the number of whales in a particular location and keep a watchful eye on boat activity near the whales. When these volunteers are in the park, they will happily answer your questions about our beloved local whales.
It’s such an amazing experience to climb up inside the Lime Kiln lighthouse. Counting the steps to the top, you can imagine the complex life and responsibilities of early lighthouse keepers. You’ll learn about the special tasks that surrounded keeping the first gas light burning. And, you will develop a deep appreciation for the role Lime Kiln Lighthouse played in shaping the San Juan Island Islands economy.
Our volunteer naturalists gather and then communicate important information about the Salish Sea, including the natural history of its wildlife, how to identify species and (in some cases) individuals, conservation concerns and how you can help to make a difference.
“Leave No Trace”
Every year 4th grade classes visit Lime Kiln to wander the craggy shoreline, learn about whales, explore the upland forests, tour the lighthouse and take a vigorous hike to the old limestone quarry. Because our ecosystem is so fragile, they also learn about the concept o “Leave No Trace Behind.”
Salish Sea for Kids
Often our volunteers will lead classes geared to helping young children understand our fragile ecosystem. Kids come away with an understanding of how plants, vertebrates and invertebrates all work together in harmony to enhance this very rich and ever changing marine environment.
Orca Sing & Solstice Saturday
Pack a picnic and load up the car with family and friends; then head to Lime Kiln Point for the annual Orca Sing and Solstice. The event happens the third Saturday in June from 6:00–9:00 PM. FOLKS and The Whale Museum host this celebration of the park, the orca and the beauty of the natural environment. Listen to the music of local bands and local indigenous people who come to chant in honor the whales who seem to always show up for the party.
Superpod events are annual gatherings that occur on San Juan Island, WA, in mid-July and are open to the public. Folks travel in from around the world to this event. J, K, and L pods congregate each summer in a “Superpod gathering.” Thus, this event is both a gathering of killer whales and “whale people,” complete with annual customs, and festivities.
Join The Fun With FOLKS at Lime Kiln Point State Park as a volunteer. Whether you are young or old or somewhere in between, there’s an important task that will fit you perfectly. No matter how much or little time you have, it will be greatly appreciated. New training programs have been created for all FOLKS volunteers. These educational classes will equip you with all the information you need to confidently volunteer at the Park.