The FOLKS Story
The FOLKS Founding Story
Enthusiasm for educational programs caused Erin Corra to found the Friends of Lime Kiln Society
In 2010, state budget cuts caused Erin to lose her job at Lime Kiln State Park as Interpretive Specialist – a position she had held since 2007. Initially, the Center for Whale Research stepped up as an umbrella fiscal agent to keep the programs “afloat” at the park. That allowed time to come up with a more sustainable solution and Friends of Lime Kiln Society (FOLKS) was launched in the fall of 2011 with Erin as Founder and Program Director.
FOLKS is made possible in collaboration with the Washington State Parks Foundation. Lime Kiln Point State Park is a key location for public education and promotion of protection of the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Close contact with the whales inspires people to change the way they live in their environment to help protect these magnificent but threatened beings. Over 200,000 visitors from 40+ countries visit the park each year to view and learn about the SRKW. It is clearly a critical education habitat that must be protected as passionately as the whales themselves. That is what FOLKS is all about.
Vision, Mission & Goals
FOLKS strives to preserve, restore and enhance Lime Kiln Point State Park as a living laboratory for ecosystem science, understanding and appreciation and to inspire the feeling of awe into memorable actions!
Friends of Lime Kiln Society’s mission is to provide a unique experience for visitors through the design & development of educational programs and activities related to Lime Kiln Point State Park’s extraordinary location, diverse ecosystems, and historic structures.
To enhance learning experiences by assisting visitors, to experience a diverse blend of recreational, cultural, historical and educational programs.
To promote cooperation between all organizations who use the park to develop a cohesive interpretive program and to encourage support by those organizations to contribute to the improvement of the park facilities that they utilize.
Our 2019 Accomplishments
Last year we were sucessful in fulfilling both our mission and our goals
Because of 1322 Lime Kiln Point State Park volunteer work hours:
|Indivudual Donations||Thank You Donors $00000|
|Interpretive Center||IC Attendance – 33,722|
|Discover Pass Sales – $39,650|
|Events and Activities||Lighthouse Tours – 305|
|Low Tide/Park Tours – 25 – 425 people|
|Lighthouse Weddings – 5|
|Orca Sing – 250 people|
|Lighthouse Centennial – 500 people|
|Volunteer Appreciation BBQ – 20+ people|
|Holiday Open House– 150 people|
|School Group Programs||Bellingham 4th Graders – 850 students|
|Single day student class tours – 7 days|
|Grants Received||Lodging Tax Advisory Committee – $00000|
|San Juan Island Community Foundation – $2,300|
|Lighthouse Environmental Program– $10,000|
|Ongoing Projects||IC Sound Station – monitor whale sounds|
|Update to the FOLKS Website|
|Build the Virtual Reality system|
|Replace and Re-seal Lighthouse Windows|