Moran State Park is 100!

You can help us celebrate!

We will be in the 2021 Orcas Island Community Foundation Spring Grants Catalog! From May 3-17, 2021, you can find us and many other great Orcas nonprofits featured in the OICF catalog at Keep an eye out on social media for campaign updates for our featured fundraising days:

  • May 5, 2021: Ben Franklin Day – The grantee with the most unique $100 donors will receive a bonus $1000 from OICF. Also, all non-winning $100 donations will be eligible for a $1000 boost from OICF.
  • May 12: Unique Donor Day – The grantee with the most unique online donors will receive a bonus $1000 from OICF. Second place winner receives $500 and third place receives $250 (donations “in honor” of others don’t count as unique donors).

Building on the inaugural 2019 Walks and Talks program, Friends of Moran will host 42 natural and cultural history programs and 17 presenters through Fall of 2021 within Moran State Park. This includes four concerts to celebrate the Park’s Centennial anniversary; featuring Orcas musicians and natural history educational programming. We reached 406 individuals in 2019 and, in 2021, we expect to reach more Orcas residents and to produce educational material for local students and educators through food web and soundscape research conducted by Kwiaht scientists. This program is planned with Park staff to follow COVID-19 protocols. Click here for more information; we hope to see you in the Park!

For more information, please contact Sandi at

View Our Featured Plants of the Park

Read the latest Plant of the Month Article and learn about the native species in our area.

Friends of Moran State Park and COVID-19

During this continuation of COVID-19, we at the Friends of Moran are committed to keeping the community engaged with each other and with the outdoors. Below are some ideas we hope will ease this time while we social distance. On behalf of the Friends; Stay Well and Stay Safe.

Moran State Park is open. Visit the WA State Park website for more information.

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife is offering some great Resources for Home Schooling.

Hike safely in the Park. Follow these guidelines.

Turn your Neighborhood Stroll into an Adventure.
Check out the fun ideas listed here.

Get Crafty Indoors while thinking Green.
Looking for things to do indoors? Check out these great ideas.

Share your State Park Memories.
WA state parks is looking for photos of happy memories of times spent in the parks. Check it out here.

Start a Nature Blog.
Here are some great ideas on connecting with nature through journaling.

Looking for ideas for the kids?
Join the Buddy Bison Program
Join up with the Junior Rangers Program.
Attend a free listening experience for children at
Check out these ideas for getting the kids outdoors (while following social distancing rules).
Take a virtual dive of the National Marine Sanctuaries.