Most tourists visiting Orcas Island have Moran State Park on their travel itinerary. With nearly 40 miles of hiking trails, several lakes, scenic picnic vistas, and home to the highest point in the San Juan Islands offering a stunning view at 2,409 feet in the air, Moran is one of Washington’s most impressive state parks. Maintenance and programming initiatives around the park are largely supported by volunteer groups and by Moran’s nonprofit organization, Friends of Moran. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, their mission is to raise funds and coordinate volunteer efforts throughout the year for park projects.
Friends of Moran help Moran State Park staff with trail and campground maintenance, park clean up, and park preservation. The Friends group also supports educational and interpretive programming for the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come through Moran’s archways every year. Friends of Moran operates a gift shop at the summit of Mount Constitution and uses the proceeds in conjunction with donations to fund its activities in support of the park. During the busy months of summer visitors can expect lively Walk and Talks delivered by members of the Friends group on topics like park history, native flora and fauna, and campfire cooking. Volunteers from the Friends group usually deliver Junior Ranger programming as well on behalf of Washington State Parks for the younger park visitors.
There are a variety of resources the Friends of Moran group provides to users of Moran State Park. If you are interested in driving to the top of Mount Constitution but wondering what visibility is like from the top of the mountain before making the trip up, the Friends group has a live webcam streaming the view from the summit on their website. The frontpage also has virtual resources like online activities for kids and at-home crafts that are accessible for everyone. A virtual Music in the Park Series featuring local musicians is also available on the Friends of Moran website. If you’d like to learn more about Friends of Moran, make a donation to support their work, or join the group yourself, visit friendsofmoran.org.