Inspiring Works From Rural Farms, Forests, & Charming Villages on the Salish Sea

Earth Day Orcas Activities - Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

Eco-Fair & Base Camp

Emmanuel Labyrinth, 10-3

218 Main St on waterfront; see park and walk or ride below


See Base Camp table on porch at Labyrinth for maps, directions and tide walk guides  10-3


Land invocation at labyrinth, 9:30am. 



“All Our Relations” invocation on tidal flat 12pm.




Tables and booths featuring resources from:


– San Juan County Land Bank      

– Friends of the San Juans

– The Orcas Exchange

– Orcas Garden Club

– SJC Master Gardeners

– Bullocks Permaculture Homestead and Kaja Wicks

– Orcas Seed Library

– SJI Agriculture Guild

– Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture 

– Salish Sea Atlas, WWU

– Cascadia Homestead

– Mermaid Botanicals seaweed class information

– Tide walk guides provided by SeaDoc.




Join scientist Tina Whitman from Frields of the San Juan for tidal flat walks at 11am and 1pm.



Observe citizen scientists from Kwiaht at work in the field. (No access to Indian Island due to fragile ecology).





The Orcas Garden Club invites you to enjoy spring garden magic in Crow Valley at the Walker Family Farm with flowers, reclaimed greenhouse, canning and food preservation features. Open between 10am and 2pm for a self-guided walk about.



Click to reserve parking space (free)


Art, Music & Literature

Emmanuel Parish Hall & Chapel, 10-5 218 Main St on waterfront; see park and walk or ride below

Paintings and Sculpture

Island artist gallery is in the Parish Hall and accompanied by instrumental music, 10-3



Sculpture Garden on the grounds of Emmanuel and along the waterfront. 10-5



Community Earth Day Mandala

Construction on the tidal flats, 9am-noon.

Viewing, until the tide returns.





Joel Gamble on violin, 10-11:30, Parish Hall



Eco-Folk Duo Irthlingz, Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz in Benson Hall.



Burke Mulvaney and Josie Dow on flute, drum and piano, 1:00-2:30, Parish Hall



Propaganda for the Sky brings together artists and performers in loops and layers of live and recorded voice, instrument, and spoken word. SOULARTSPACE by John Raymond Berry.

Afternoon, Waterfront Park



Earth Day Writers in the Emmanuel Chapel



Abigail Morgan Prout, reading from Walk Deep, 10am



Iris Graville, reading from Life Vest in the Salish Sea, 10:30am



Book signing with Darvills on the Labyrinth, 11am


Source-paper and Leaping Fool salon author readings, 12:30-1:30pm



WA State Poet Laureate in Emmanuel Chapel



Welcome Rena Priest to Orcas Island for readings from the Salmon Anthology with Orcas author Jill McCabe Johnson, 3pm-4:30pm



Book signing and Poet Laureate Reception in the Parish Hall, 4:30-5:30



Reserve seats and books in advance (click)



Island Innovation Lab

Odd Fellows Hall 9-2

112 Haven, EV parking on site

or walk in from parking on Madrona, park & ride options

Green and Blue Technology Exhibits & Speakers


Exhibits 9-10am and 12-2pm – learn from innovative thinkers and doers with posters on electric transportation, hydrogen and electric ferries, wave and tidal energy at community scale, residential and commercial solar, oil spill response, GIS mapping, marine sonar for whale research and more.


Speakers 10am-noon


Suzanne Olson, OPALCO


Jay Kimball, Earthrise, SJC Climate and Sustainability Advisory Committee


Paul King, SMRU Whale Research and Energy Projects


Bruce Benton, Orcas Island EV Network Charging Station and Shuttle Project


Special Guests: Orkney Islands, Scotland, EMEC Scientists by zoom on Wave, Tidal and Hydrogen Ferry Projects that are models for the San Juans


Electric Vehicle Meet Up & Picnic, 12-2


Lower Haven Lane will be a walkable meet up for Orcas EV owners to meet and share information. Parking on the east side of the lane and around the cul-de-sac. Great place to learn directly from EV owners. 


EV-only parking set-up open in advance, 9-12.


Family, Village & Island

Emmanuel Fireside Room in Benson Hall 218 Main St;  Eastound Village; Island wide activities

Childrens Story Time with Jenny de Groot in Benson Hall, 10am and Caleb Summers 10:30am. 



Arts, Crafts & Science for take home worksand gardens in Benson Hall or booths on lawn 10am-2pm




Family Low Tide Walks 11am or 1pm with Tina Whitman, Friends of the San Juans. Meet at Base Camp table at labyrinth 10:45 or 12:45.



Around the Village


Watch for Earth Day signs to find special restaurant and cafe food and beverage features.

Participating retailers will be featuring ecological and local made products and specials.



Park & Walk / Park & Ride

Designated parking is with in walking distance to waterfront at Community Church on Madronna Street near Main. Mobility limited can request local



EV transportation to event from around Orcas, through Island Rides. 360-672-2201



Great Island Clean-up

Base camp for this fun volunteer activity is on the Village Green and co-hosted by The Orcas Exchange. Grab a bag, head out to designated sites, and bring back your gatherings. All ages welcome. Hosted by San Juan County.



Cascade Lake opens for boating rentals and family activities.



Orcas Contra Dance

Kick up your heels for Earth Day at Odd Fellows Hall, 7pm



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