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Protecting the San Juan Islands

Conserve. Care. Connect. text over island image


a man sitting in a flower fieldThe San Juan Islands are a unique and beautiful part of the planet. At Shearwater, we are grateful to be able to live and work in such a fantastic setting for kayaking and enjoying the marine environment. Every year our guides share this spectacular place with visitors from all over the world. Our goal is to enjoy the sights and wildlife while having as little impact on the environment as possible. Kayaking under your own power offers an ideal way to accomplish this.

Fortunately, there are a number of organizations working hard to protect the unique characteristics of the San Juan Islands into the future. Ecological, historic, cultural, and visual features all make the islands a very special place. Shearwater recently partnered with the San Juan Preservation Trust to bring volunteers to one of their island preserves for clean-up and species identification. We have also collaborated with the SeaDoc Society and The Nature Conservancy to promote conservation, research, and education in the islands. Working together with groups like these is a part of Shearwater’s core values. We look forward to continuing to respectfully connect residents and visitors with the marine environment and the many people working to protect the San Juan Islands.

Learn more about these groups by following the links below, and please support them if you are able.

Kwiaht (“a clean place”)
San Juan County Conservation Land Bank
San Juan Preservation Trust
SeaDoc Society
The Nature Conservancy

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mid May – mid September • Tu/Th/St
Pack your favorite picnic lunch and join us for a great day exploring the islands. Kayak to a small, uninhabited state park island or isolated beach. We have a long break mid-day to enjoy trails, explore tide pools if the tide is low, or just relax. After the break, we take a new route to loop back to the harbor.