Islands Conservation Corps - San Juan Island Events

15 members of Islands Conservation Corps gather on a rocky beach with the ocean behind them. They are all smiling and wearing colorful outdoor clothing.

Event Details




Walking Site Visit, 2-4pm
(No parking at preserve, please park at Court House and take shuttle)

Mt Grant Preserve
San Juan Island

WWU Presentation (4:30-7pm)
San Juan Brewing
410 A St.
Friday Harbor, WA 98250



Brought to you by:

Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy Department, WWU Alumni Office, San Juan Islands Conservation District


You are invited to an "open house" of our work this year on the Mt Grant Preserve. Please join us and come to see the exciting things WWU is doing out on the islands with the Island Conservation Corps!

The Islands Conservation Corps is a hybrid field and academic ecological restoration program in the San Juan Islands that serves as a partnership between Western Washington University and the San Juan Islands Conservation District. This certificate combines academic coursework with hands-on fieldwork performing the fundamentals of ecological restoration. Working with regional land management agencies, students proactively address imminent threats to our environment through restoration, conservation, and adaptive management.  

This event will have two components, with the first serving as a walk through of conservation management activities conducted by the ICC crew at Mt Grant Preserve on San Juan Island. The second portion of the event will be a presentation of the growing WWU presence in the islands at San Juan Brewing. This presentation will cover the current and potential expansion of undergraduate, post-bac, and graduate level education in ecology for the Washington Archipelago. 

We'll provide transportation to and from the preserve. 


Getting to San Juan Island

For Locals, Or Drive Your Car onto San Juan Island:

  • Use this ferry schedule to plan your trip from the Anacortes Ferry terminal (we highly recommend a reservation for car passengers)
  • Take the 11:55 am ferry for the Mt Grant Preserve event, park at the San Juan County Court House Visitors Lot, and ride our free shuttle to the preserve (there is NO parking at Mt Grant; access by shuttle only)For the brewery presentation only, take the 2:40 pm ferry and park at San Juan Brewing 


Or Park at Anacortes Ferry Terminal and Take a Free Shuttle:

  • Park at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal Parking and purchase a ticket for Friday Harbor
  • You will need to buy a walk-on passenger ticket and get in line to board the ferry at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time  
  • For the Mt Grant Preserve event, take the 11:55am ferry
  • For the brewery presentation only, take the 2:40pm ferry
  • Make sure to allow enough time to park your car and walk to the terminal!

Final Ferries:

  • Inter-island travelers will want to take the 5:45 inter-island ferry
  • Leave San Juan Brewing at 7:00pm for the 7:45pm ferry to Anacortes; ferry terminal is walking-distance, and we can also provide transportation



Kai Hoffman-Krull carefully threads the sawchain on the bar of a chainsaw. He has white skin and a dark beard.

Kai Hoffman-Krull

Kai founded and manages the Islands Conservation Corps as the Forest Health Manager at the San Juan Islands Conservation District. Kai is a certified NRCS Natural Resource Planner after studying forestry and literature at Yale University, where he also received a certificate in Business Plan Development from the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Western Washington University College of the Environment, and has coordinated research projects in agriculture and forestry with the University of Washington, University of Montana, and Oregon State University in the San Juan Islands since 2014. 

Steve Hollenhorst is wearing a North Face cap. He has white skin and a shaved face.

Steve Hollenhorst

Steve was the dean at the College of the Environment from 2012 to 2021. Prior to that he was a faculty member at the University of Idaho, where he served as associate dean of the College of Natural Resources, Chair of the Department of Conservation Social Sciences, founding director of the university's award-winning Building Sustainable Communities Initiative, and founding director of the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). 

Questions and Accommodations

Contact the WWU Alumni Association for this event by calling (360) 650-3353 or emailing