Stewardship In
The San Juan Islands

There are a lot of amazing places in the world. So why do people come to the San Juans?

Take the San Juan Islands Pledge

The San Juan Islands Pledge is simple: when you act as an responsible visitor you are actively contributing to the future of the San Juans. By committing to be a responsible visitor, you can help ensure that the San Juans remain a beautiful and unique place to live, work, and play for generations to come.

Discover What Locals Want You to Know

While breathing in the serenity of the Islands, locals ask visitors to also acknowledge and appreciate the fragility of the ecosystem. Keeping a few simple guidelines in mind will both protect what we all love about the Islands, and make the experience even more enjoyable for locals and visitors alike.

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The San Juan Islands have a network of complex ecosystems. The diversity of whales and wildlife, the scenic vistas, the calm island culture - it’s hard to imagine until you experience it.

The islands have more nesting pairs of bald eagles than any other county in the Contiguous U.S. They're also home to the endangered Southern Resident killer whales, an array of seals and sea lions, porpoises, humpback and minke whales, and a variety of other wildlife. In fact, after nearly 100 years of presumed extinction, the dainty Island Marble Butterfly was rediscovered in 1998 by researchers at American Camp on San Juan Island.

We have a responsibility to protect the places we love. Because while the beauty here feels powerful, it’s still quite fragile. More and more people realize that the reasons they come to the San Juan Islands, are also the reasons to care for and protect them.

We try to experience the islands gently. It’s about balance.  So that we can share what makes the San Juan Islands special with the next generations. Learn how you can help preserve the islands below.

We practice the seven principles of "Leave No Trace" to ensure the pristine beaches and beautiful forest trails stay that way. We encourage visitors to "Be Whale Wise" as they learn about and admire the magnificent killer whales.  We seek ways to give back while vacationing in the San Juans and support local efforts to care for the environment. 

The islands bring you square into the living room of mother nature. They inspire and immerse, reconnect and invigorate you. They remind you that we don't just witness nature - we're part of it.

How will the islands inspire you?  How will they “speak” to you?

We'd like to acknowledge the Coast Salish peoples as the first stewards of these islands whose traditional lands and waters include the San Juan Islands and surrounding Salish Sea.  

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