Join Us on Saturday April 8 for our Annual Spring Clean-up at Moran State Park

Volunteers receive a free one-day pass to the park. The fun begins at 9 a.m. Join us at the Cascade Lake shelter for a work assignment and briefing. Here’s a big shout-out “thank you” to Ken & Karen Speck for providing the complimentary hot lunch for volunteers participating in the clean-up.

Bring your gloves, rakes and friends! WE have some of those but can always use more….

Here are some of our “Throw-back Thursday” volunteers.

The Friends of Moran is an all-volunteer group, whose mission is to support park staff as they manage Moran State Park. We strive to enhance the visitor experience by providing educational opportunities related to the cultural, historical and natural environments at the park. Our goals are to support and promote MSP; collect and oversee donations; and pursue grant opportunities for the benefit of MSP. We recruit, enroll, and coordinate volunteer support for park maintenance, educational outreach, and restoration of buildings, landscapes and facilities, as well as organize special events such as our annual park cleanup, fishing derby, and triathlon.

No Discover Pass needed for State Parks’ 104th birthday   – Washington State Parks turns 104 years old on Sunday, March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by enjoying a state park for free that day.  With the 2017 spring and summer seasons just around the corner, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds the public that recreation opportunities abound in more than 100 parks, trails and recreation sites statewide. March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2017, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass for day use visits to a park.    “I hope these free days will inspire people to get outdoors and explore some of Washington’s most scenic and iconic places,” said State Parks Commission Chair Mark Brown. “With state parks located in such diverse landscapes—deserts, prairies, forests, rivers, lakes and the seashore—there’s something to draw out the adventurer in nearly everyone.”  The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass. The pass costs $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.

2017 Free Days at Moran State Park

Washington State Parks has scheduled the following twelve free days this year. A free day means that a Discover Pass is not required when visiting the state park. Please join us in 2017 on these dates. A Discover Pass is required for all other dates.

January 1 April 15 August 8
January 15 April 22 September 30
January 16 June 3 November 11
March 19 June 10 November 24

A membership with FOM is only $25.  In short, membership fees help us fund trail maps, emergency phone service in the park (where there is little cell service), and sustain organizational efforts, educational outreach and park projects (Read more)

Donations also help us fund the Moran Creek Kokanee Hatchery operations and our summer internship program at the Summit Learning Center. You can contribute online below or mail your check to FOM, PO Box 1961, Eastsound, WA 98245.  We truly appreciate your support!

Every donation, whatever amount, makes a big difference, because it all rolls together to support our amazing state park and enhance the visitor’s knowledge and experience. It’s all about visitors, community and our intrinsic surroundings.  Consider donating today to help us continue our work.

Summit Gift Shop

The Summit Gift Shop is open every day 11am-4pm May 1 through September 30-sometimes we stay open longer so call ahead.  Operated with all volunteer help, there may be the occasional day we are unable to open in May, and in September we may be operational only on weekends.  You can phone the Gift Shop directly at (360) 376-3111, or always reach us via email.

In our shop you’ll find a great selection of souvenirs and clothing in all sizes.  We have a comprehensive collection of reading materials about the state park and our surrounding island environment.  We are also fortunate to have our own Brew with a View coffee roasted by Local Goods here on Orcas.  For intrepid hikers and bikers there are snacks and even a pop machine up at the summit! Come see what other treasures we have on hand.  We try to purchase local, so you can buy local and support the park and community.

Summit Learning Center

The Summit Learning Center is now closed until June 2016. Come see us then!

Formerly the KVOS TV transmitter building, we opened in 2012 under the permission of state parks with the intent of illustrating the natural and human history and diverse ecology at the summit.  We have various exhibits where you can learn about many different aspects of Moran State Park.

Come volunteer or Host with us!  You’ll need only a Washington State Volunteer Application and some fingerprints.

Or be one apply to become one of our SLC summer interns!

Here’s the big ask…Financial support is crucial to the SLC.  If you came to visit and support our work, please consider donating to Friends of Moran. You can help us build learning opportunities for our visitors, strengthen our internship program and further the goals of our educational outreach. You can click below or mail a check to us at FOM, PO Box 1961, Eastsound, WA 98245.

Discover Pass

For day visitors, a Discover Pass is required to park in any Washington State Park, including here at Moran. The daily pass costs $10 and the annual pass costs $30.  Both passes are available at the summit by credit card through an automatic ticket dispenser. You can also purchase the daily pass using cash or check at the registration booth, park office, or at various self-pay stations located throughout the park—including at the summit. Overnight campers do not need to purchase a Discover Pass.

Visit Moran for free on certain days of the year!  Free Park Days

Thank You

We appreciate your interest in Friends of Moran—we are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1995. Over 20 years of supporting our state park and enhancing the visitor experience with the help of community, volunteers and YOU!