Where Would We Be Without State Parks?

Volunteer Crew and Steve, ready to head out to Patos Island!

Volunteer Crew and Steve, ready to head out to Patos Island!

Well, frankly, standing on the shore of Orcas Island looking at Patos island in the distance!

We rely almost totally on the staff and boats of Sucia Island State parks to take our volunteers out to Patos Island for both work parties and Docenting the lighthouse. Over the past three years or so, our arrangement has been totally symbiotic with our volunteers providing services that State Parks employees  don’t have the staff and time to provide. As Steve Sabine, head Ranger so aptly puts it:

To Whom It May Concern,

Keepers of the Patos Light have been providing volunteer services at Patos Island State Park  since 2010. They have logged over 1600 hours since then, with the majority of the hours done in 2012. Keepers of the Patos Light is instrumental in the Park’s interpretive program, conducting Lighthouse tours for well over 1000 visitors last year. The visitors always talk highly of the volunteers and are grateful that they are there to open the lighthouse.

Patos Island State Park is a remote island, with access only by private boat. There are not many volunteers who are willing to spend an extended period to provide programs to visitors. Keepers of the Patos Light provided volunteers who stay multiple nights on the Island to provide this service. They also provided trail maintenance, security, and serviced our restrooms. Park staff can only service the Island once or twice a week, due to staff shortages, and Keepers of the Patos Light helped fill in the gaps.

I am grateful to have Keepers of the Patos Light volunteer at Patos Island State Park. They are a complement to the Park operation.

Sincerely,     Steve Sabine

Manager

San Juan Marine Area North

 

Thanks back to all of our wonderful State Parks friends from Keepers of the Patos Light!

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In the news….

We are sure enjoying these stories,,,,video this time!

 

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/San-Juan-Islands-celebrate-national-monument-designation-200964321.html?tab=video

Where Would We Be Without Our Volunteers?

Every year we are in awe at the hard work of our Keepers of the Patos Light volunteers. From docents who open the lighthouse,to day trippers who clear the trails and clean the beaches, (among other things), we would not be able to function without them. And let us not forget members of Keepers as well. We do all of the above in addition to producing newsletters, writing grants, newspaper articles and, yes, this Blog!

Right now, we are looking for more summer Docent volunteers and KOPL Board members. Drop us a line or give us a call if you are interested.   360-468-3518    patoslightkeepers@hotmail.com

Erin, Christina and Linda at the lighthouse door

Erin, Christina and Linda at the lighthouse door

Erin, Christina and Steve (State Parks Ranger)

Erin, Christina and Steve (State Parks Ranger)

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Docent Kyra and Rose welcome lighthouse visitors

Docent Kyra and Rose welcome lighthouse visitors

Docents explain a map of the area

Docents explain a map of the area

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Docents leaving for Patos Island

Docents leaving for Patos Island

Super Docent Barb talks to a visiting family

Super Docent Barb talks to a visiting family

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Leaving from Minnie's Beach, Active Cove

Leaving from Minnie’s Beach, Active Cove

Come one, come all!

Come one, come all!

New docents, Barb abd Buzz, watch porpoises off the bow of the Sea Bass.

New docents, Barb abd Buzz, watch porpoises off the bow of the Sea Bass.

Pat & Pete in their KOPL life Jackets

Pat & Pete in their KOPL life Jackets

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