Walks & Talks – Geology of Moran State Park

August 10 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am

Geology is cool! Come learn about some of the coolest geology in Washington State, right here in the San Juan Islands. Come learn about why Mt Constitution is so tall, what it’s made of and how we know that Orcas Island was almost buried in ice 16,000 years ago! Julia Turney is a geologist and lives on Orcas Island. This talk is geared toward ages 16 and older but some hands-on elements may appeal to younger visitors.

Free

Entrance of the Stone Tower at the top of Mount Constitution

Moran State Park

Walks & Talks – Outdoor Preparedness

August 3 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Join naturalist and outdoor educator Cody Beebe for an enjoyable interactive hour on how to prepare yourselves for day and overnight adventures into our Northwest parklands. Learn about backpack essentials, navigation, first aid, and skills for overcoming the unexpected. Meet at the Cascade Lake shelter. Great for all ages and small children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Free

Friends of Moran

Cascade Lake Shelter

Moran State Park

Story Telling – Early Settlers in Moran State Park & The Angel of Mount Constitution

July 27 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Antoinette Botsford has traveled throughout the world collecting and telling stories. For the last several years her focus has been the true stories of families living here on Orcas. She was awarded “Historian of the Year” by the Orcas Island Historical Museum with particular reference to her work in adapting oral histories into “Spooky Tales”–a summer program that draws together places and past events that rarely get into tourist literature. Her present research focuses on the old homesteads on the land that became Moran Park, as well as the park’s earliest known (and ongoing) inhabitant, the “Angel of Mount Constitution”. Good family entertainment. 

Free

Cascade Lake Shelter

Moran State Park

Walks & Talks – Junior Ranger

July 27 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Join naturalist and outdoor educator Cody Beebe for a fun hour of our Jr. Ranger Nature Bingo games. We will learn about our Northwest plants and animals as we play a time-tested game of Nature Bingo while weaving some of Cody’s own great nature stories. Includes a nature stroll. Please wear shoes good for doing a small walk-about. Small children need to be accompanied by adults. Ages 4-12. 

Free

Cascade Lake Shelter

Moran State Park

Music for Moran

July 23 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Join us for a relaxed, family-friendly evening of music, s’mores and conversation as Mark Pedelty and Tim Gustafson of The Hypoxic Punks perform several songs from their award-winning ecosong.net project and interview Sandi Talt, Friends of Moran Board President, for the Public Lands Podcast. 

Free

Cascade Lake Shelter

Moran State Park

Walks & Talks – The Unique Flora of Mount Constitution

July 21 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

A presentation on the plants found on Mount Constitution that are rare or absent from the rest of the San Juans and a bit about what makes the habitats in Moran State Park suitable for these unique plants. Madrona Murphy, botanist for the conservation research cooperative Kwiaht, has been documenting the plant diversity in the San Juan Islands since her childhood on Lopez Island. Great for all ages.

Free

Cascade Lake Shelter

Moran State Park

Walks & Talks – The Stone Tower Tour

July 21 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am

Learn about the fascinating history of the iconic Mt. Constitution Stone Tower. It holds amazing stories. Why is it there? How has it been maintained? Why do people love it so much? Rolf Eriksen, tour leader, has been our dedicated Tower Expert for many years. If going to the top of the tower, be prepared for lots of stone steps, walking shoes recommended. Family-fun, young children need to be accompanied by an adult. 

Free

Entrance of the Stone Tower at the top of Mount Constitution

Moran State Park

Story Telling – Early Settlers in Moran State Park & The Angel of Mount Constitution

July 20 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Antoinette Botsford has traveled throughout the world collecting and telling stories. For the last several years her focus has been the true stories of families living here on Orcas. She was awarded “Historian of the Year” by the Orcas Island Historical Museum with particular reference to her work in adapting oral histories into “Spooky Tales”–a summer program that draws together places and past events that rarely get into tourist literature. Her present research focuses on the old homesteads on the land that became Moran Park, as well as the park’s earliest known (and ongoing) inhabitant, the “Angel of Mount Constitution”. For Families. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. 

Free

Cascade Lake Shelter

Moran State Park

Walks & Talks – Outdoor Preparedness

July 20 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Join naturalist and outdoor educator Cody Beebe for an enjoyable interactive hour on how to prepare yourselves for day and overnight adventures into our Northwest parklands. Learn about backpack essentials, navigation, first aid, and skills for overcoming the unexpected. Meet at the Cascade Lake Shelter. Great for all ages and small children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Free

Friends of Moran

Cascade Lake Shelter

Moran State Park