At Your School
Learning and exploring outside is a powerful complement to indoor classroom time. We are proud to be partnering with our local schools, making a difference in children's lives and our communities.
Neighborhood Nature encourages kids to connect with their surrounding ecosystem through exploration, play, art, and nature activities. Offered one day a week at most local schools, our 8-week sessions run twice per year, fall and spring. We meet after school rain or shine!
Neighborhood Nature kids:
- Learn to love the natural world right around them. Each week we focus on what makes our neighborhoods wild. We teach how to interact with our environment so that we can enjoy the natural world without making a significant impact on it.
- Develop naturalist knowledge. Students use all their senses to connect with the unique trees, plants, bugs, and birds around their school. They learn how to identify common local species and discover connections in the ecosystem. They also learn preparedness and are often surprised by how wild it can be around their own school!
- Build community. Every week, we focus on collaborating, handling conflict, and making decisions as a group. We'll use a number of Wild Whatcom mottos to help teach these skills.
- Enjoy free play and exploration. The natural world is always teaching us things, and we want to be open to these teachings. We encourage the freedom that kids crave and need, and strive to facilitate as safe and meaningful an experience as possible, while balancing both teaching and free play.
Maximum group size: 12 students
Two Price Options*: Our voluntary, two-tier structure allows families to choose a tuition level that more accurately reflects our true costs. The additional funds support essential expenses of running these programs and making them accessible to all participants. Your choice of fee level will be treated confidentially. We thank you in advance for your registration at whatever level feels right for you. Payment is due at the time of registration.
Level A: $110/season is a subsidized rate that covers 80% of program costs (we use donations to bridge the gap).
Level B: $130/season covers full program costs.
*Does not apply to grant-funded schools. Note: Sunnyland is a 9-week session. Sunnyland families: please contact the school direct for pricing info.
All spring 2017 final payments are due Friday, April 7.
Cost should not be a barrier for participation. Financial assistance is available for families who need it. Please fill out the brief financial assistance form during registration.
SPRING 2017 Schedule
Spring session begins at most schools the week of April 10.
Fall registration opens mid-August/early September - stay tuned!
Contact Program Coordinator, Meredith Hayes: email@example.com
Take the classroom outside! Wild Whatcom works with schools to create inspiring, hands-on learning experiences in nature.
Collaborating with teachers, we create field outings to supplement what is taking place in the classroom. Our innovative curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Standards, with learning enhanced by classroom visits.
Current EdVenture partners include Bellingham Public Schools and Alderwood, Birchwood, Carl Cozier, Cordata, Roosevelt, and Sunnyland elementary schools. This outdoor-learning program is supported by the vision and generosity of the Whatcom Community Foundation and Washington State No Child Left Inside initiative.
Scheduling / Questions
If you're interested in an EdVenture at your school, contact Program Coordinator, Meredith Hayes: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEED (Student Environmental Education & Discovery)
SEED (Student Environmental Education & Discovery) is a collaborative project with Wild Whatcom and the Bellingham Schools Life Skills Program, funded through the generosity and vision of the Chuckanut Health Foundation.
With weekly outings, SEED provides meaningful outdoor experiences to students with disabilities who otherwise rarely have opportunities to use nature-based experiences as a tool for growth and development. Students explore nature and learn to feel comfortable in new environments, while strengthening capacities in a variety of areas such as:
- Naturalist skills
- Challenge by choice
In SEED, Life Skills students develop a sense of connection to nearby landscapes, learn key science concepts, and practice skills such as problem-solving and risk management (Stop, Think, Observe, Plan) that are applicable in all areas of their lives. For many, spending time exploring the wonders of nature is a new experience, filled with intriguing discoveries and challenges.
Kids develop a desire to be outside and start to see how they are connected to the outdoors and the larger community and world.