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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Pesticide Pre-License Review Webinars

WSU is offering two types of Pesticide Pre-License Review Webinars before the November – March training season. Pre-license Exam Review webinars are for people preparing to take the Washington state pesticide applicator exams.

For more information and to register, visit the webinar website:

Free Drive-in Wi-Fi at Extension Offices

Drive in WiFi sign

Both WSU Extension Island County offices in Coupeville and on Camano Island at the Camano Multi-Purpose Center (Blue Building) offer free drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots accessible in the parking areas to provide internet access for Washingtonians who don’t have broadband service at their homes.

On Camano:
WSU Extension Island County Multi-Purpose Center
141 NE Camano Drive

On Whidbey:
WSU Extension Island County Main Office
406 N Main St.

Additional free Wi-Fi is available at all Island County Sno-Isle Library branches and other locations throughout Washington State. You can see a full list of public locations here.

Resources and Recording of July Whidbey Island Growers Association Presentation on Ag Resiliency and Climate Change

We had a great discussion at the July meeting of the Whidbey Island Growers Association. The topic was Agricultural Resiliency and Climate Change and featured three excellent speakers:

Bennett LaFond, Snohomish Conservation District
Eli Wheat, SkyRoot Farm, Organic Farm School, and faculty in the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington
Jake Stewart, Sweetwater Farm

Bennett shared the Snohomish Conservation District’s Ag Resiliency Plan and Climate Impacts Assessment Tools and discussed the community process that created the plan. Then we heard from local farmers Eli Wheat and Jake Stewart with thoughts and discussion on agricultural resiliency for Whidbey farms.

Resources from the discussion
Additional Resources
Recorded Presentation


The Whidbey Island Growers Association is sponsored by WSU Extension Island County and the Whidbey Island Conservation District. Monthly meetings are the first Monday of each month and are open to all who support local agriculture and food systems. Contact Loren Imes (WSU) or Shannon Bly (WICD) with questions and comments, or visit to learn more.

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights.

Asian Giant Hornet Presentation to Washington State Beekeepers Association

WSU Extension Island County Director Dr. Tim Lawrence recently made a presentation to the Washington State Beekeepers Association on the Asian Giant Hornet. Learn of the threat they pose to honey bees, and what beekeepers can do to respond.

4-H Shoutouts

Island County Solid Waste News Updates

From Island County Solid Waste: Coupeville and Camano Solid Waste Transfer Stations will ONLY accept Credit Card Payments starting April 2, 2020

In an effort to minimize contact between the public and our employees, beginning Thursday, April 2, 2020 the Coupeville and Camano Solid Waste Transfer Stations will ONLY accept Credit Card Payments from Self-Haul customers. No Cash or Check payments will be accepted.

To protect public health and safety, all Island County Solid Waste Facilities continue to operate on their normal days and times. Please visit the Solid Waste homepage for hours and days of operation:

Help reduce your trips to Solid Waste:

  • Postpone your trip to Solid Waste until you have full cans.
  • Minimize what you bring to the Solid Waste facilities to household or putrescible garbage only (putrescibles are garbage that decompose and get stinky such as food waste, used diapers and pet waste).
  • Leave “Spring Cleaning” to another day or dispose of material at a later time.
  • Compost your yard waste.

If you must visit a Solid Waste facility, take the following actions:

  • Practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet from others.
  • Unload and return to your vehicle as quickly as possible.



All Solid Waste and Recycle facilities are open for normal hours.  These hours are available on their website and listed below.

Coupeville Solid Waste Complex:  Open daily 9:30-5:00

Bayview Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park:  Open Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday 9:30-5:00

North Whidbey Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park:  Open Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday 9:30-5:00

Camano Island Solid Waste Dropbox & Recycle Park:  Open Daily 9:30-5:00

Listing of Bayview Recycle Drop Box hours
Hours at Bayview. Hours differ at all stations.

Please remember to practice social distancing and good hygiene while you are at these facilities.