Oh, where to hike at Moran!

Welcome to Friends of Moran State Park!

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.

A membership with FOM is only $25.  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.  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.

Orcas Senior Class Awards FOM a $2500 Donation

On behalf of the Orcas Island 2014 senior class, Brigid Ehrmantrout and Lindsay Lancaster announced that Friends of Moran was one of two groups to receive grant funds donated anonymously through the Orcas Island Community Foundation.

Of the $5000 donated funds, FOM and SeaDoc each received $2500.  The seniors said it was a relatively easy process to choose the two organizations, because of their ongoing environmental work.  Brigid commented that FOM was a popular choice because everyone in the class spent so many years—creating so many lifetime memories—at Moran State Park.

Thank you and congratulations Orcas seniors!! We are honored to be a group working and aligned with your priorities.

Summit Gift Shop

The Summit Gift Shop is open every day 11am-4pm May 1 through September 30.  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. See you 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 of our terrific summer interns!

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 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!