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, 10am. Ocean invocation on tidal flat 1pm.



Tables and booths featuring resources from:

– San Juan County Land Bank         

– Friends of the San Juans

– The Exchange

– Orcas Garden Club

– SJC Master Gardeners

– Bullocks Permaculture Homestead

– SJI Agriculture Guild

– SJI Conservation District

– Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture 

– Salish Sea Atlas, WWU

– 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)


Order picnic lunch for pick-up in Benson Hall, noon-1pm. Click to  Order by 4/19.


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 Hurwitz perform 11:30-12:30 on the lawn.


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


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 Writers take the stage in the Chapel with Orcas poetry and prose, noon-1pm


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, marine sonar for whale research and more.


Speakers 10am-noon


Suzanne Olsen, OPALCO


Jay Kimball, Earthrise, SJC Climate and Sustainability Advisory Committee


Paul King, SMRC Whale Project


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. To-go picnic available at Odd Fellows Kitchen by pre-order (see below). EV parking set-up open in advance, 9-12.


Pre-Order Lunch for pick-up in the Odd Fellows Kitchen with dining inside and outdoors, 12-1pm.

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. Come in costume for the Procession that follows at 11:30!


Crafts for take home works, in Benson Hall or booths on lawn 11am-2pm


Order picnic lunch for pick-up in Benson Hall, noon-1pm. Order by 4/19.


Family Low Tide Walks 11am or 1pm with Tina Whitmire, Friends of the San Juans


Procession of the Species Promenade 11-12:30


Meet in Benson Hall at 11:00 am in costume for procession on grounds, down to Watefront Park, and out on to the tidal flats, and return to Labyrinth for eco-folk music. All ages welcome. 


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. Mobility limited can request local EV transportation through Island Rides.


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.