2018 Keepers Work Party Information and Schedule!

Volunteer crew arriving on Patos Island


Volunteer information From Coordinator, Sandy Evans:

We generally have work parties once a month. I have attached an overview of what is required.

Work parties are scheduled:

April Earth Day camp out/wake up the island work party: Wednesday, April 25th/Thursday April 26th (Earth day is on the 22st, which is a Sunday)

May 24th (Memorial Day is the 28th)

June 28th (I figure we should not be competing with the AHS Volunteer Vacation with this date)

July 26th (the 4th is on a Wednesday this year)

August 23rd (The birthday party is scheduled for August 5th)

September 20th (The docents are considering staying active into September)

To sign up for a work party, please email: patoslightkeepers@hotmail.com

Work Party Volunteer Crew on State Parks Boat


Work Party Overview, Information. and Rules

We depart from the north end of Orcas Island via WS Parks launch.

We generally take 8 to 10 people because we have to leave room for tools on the boat.

Volunteers, you need to know the following: You must be a KOPL member to go – sign up at: www.patoslightkeepers.org or send an email to patoslightkeepers@hotmail.com

You will need a PFD (personal flotation device) to ride in the WSParks boat.

Let me know if you don’t have one and I will bring you one.

What to wear:

Appropriate for the weather, sometimes rain gear is needed


If you have a backpack first aid kit, bring it.

Please bring a lunch, snacks and plenty of water to drink. Dress appropriately for the weather and for working. If it is rainy, bring rain gear. Long pants and long sleeves will help you avoid scratches (Patos does house some pretty wicked Nootka roses and of course, blackberries) and sturdy shoes will help with footing on rocks or stepping over logs (uneven footing in general).

We like to buddy up so that should we have any problems we have help.

Some things to observe:

Safety is out number one concern. Having fun is number two, and getting the work done is number three. We (mostly) are volunteers and can take a break as needed; because I am a nurse, I may ask if you are OK.

Take breaks and hydrate often.

Be ever mindful of your work area and who and what is around you and above you. Try to keep your distance from each other, especially if swinging a tool and just as a general rule.

Please carry your tools at your side (sharp edge away from you); we do not shoulder them, ever.

If we come upon someone or someone comes up to us (work party or visitor) wanting to get by, we try to stop working and our power tools, step aside and let them pass.

There are preferred ways of doing certain things (like removing limbs) so if someone asks you to do something differently, there is a good reason.

We will go over specific tool safety when we reach the island and we will all be watching over each other anyway.

We usually meet at the lighthouse at noon for lunch (and tours, if someone has a key).

We usually finish around 3:30 – 4 PM (depending on tides) and are back in time for those going to Anacortes can make the 5:15 ferry, the ferry for Lopez leaves at 6:45 (spring)-6:20 (summer)

Happy Sails! Sandy Evans

Intrepid volunteers near the lighthouse



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