Cascadia Adventures Camp - Grades 2-3
Cascadia Adventures Camp - Grades 2-3
2019 Session: July 15-19 (FULL). Wait list available in registration.
Welcome to a full week of explorations in and around the greater Bellingham area. We will romp in the woods, squish through the mud, and play a variety of epic games during our explorations to get lost in play and immersed in the natural surroundings. This is a great camp for younger participants who are up for a full week of outings, but not quite ready for an overnight.
Scholarship application available during registration.
MONDAY: North Lake Whatcom, 9:30-4:00PM
We will begin our journey at the shores of the Whatcom watershed at north Lake Whatcom. To get there we will walk through a quiet forest filled with cedar and Douglas fir. We may even find some ripe berries along the way to the beach. This is a great day to wade in the cool waters that provide so much to Whatcom County.
Make sure to bring water shoes and a swimsuit if you plan on taking a dip in the lake!
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 253 and drive east on Lakeway Drive. Turn left on Electric Avenue. Continue to 4-way stop at Alabama Street. Go straight at stop onto Northshore Drive for 7.2 miles. The trailhead will be on your left in 0.5 miles. Map.
TUESDAY: Whatcom Falls Park via St. Clair Park, 9:30-4:00PM
Following the waters of Lake Whatcom, we will explore Whatcom Falls Park in an area less visited than the main entrance. This area provides many opportunities to explore the forest and the many falls that populate this beautiful park.
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 254 towards Iowa Street. Take a right onto Iowa Street headed east. Use the middle lane to turn slightly onto Yew Street and take a right onto Texas Street. Next, take a right onto St. Clair Street and follow the road all the way to the end. You will find a small parking lot leading to the entrance of the north side of Whatcom Falls Park. Map.
WEDNESDAY: Fairhaven Park , 9:30-4:00PM
Fairhaven Park and the nearby Hundred Acre Wood have been a Wild Whatcom stomping ground for years now. The diverse landscape, thick sword ferns, and wise cedars make one forget their proximity to town. Expect a full day of hiking, playing games, honing our awareness to the natural world, and learning to work together as a group.
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 250 and drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway to Chuckanut Drive. Turn left and follow Chuckanut Drive to the Fairhaven Park entrance. Turn right into the first parking lot. Map.
THURSDAY: Bakerview Beach, 9:30-4:00PM
Bakerview Beach is one of the most memorable locations we will visit during our week of explorations. Prepare for epic tide flats filled with curious creatures, mud pits, roaming streams, and wide expanses of adventure. We will hike out into the mud flats and adventure into the Nooksack Delta.
Bring your swimsuit and a pair of water shoes that have a heel and are closed-toed so they won't come off. That mud is thick! Hats, sunglasses, extra water and sunscreen will also be key on this outing! Parents make sure to bring a change of clothes and protection for the inside of your car (a large garbage bag works)--it will be a messy day!
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5, take exit 253 (Lakeway Drive). Head west on Lakeway Drive toward downtown Bellingham. Turn slightly right onto Holly Street and continue through downtown to Eldridge Avenue. Continue on Eldridge Avenue as it turns into Marine Drive. Turn left on Bancroft Road and drive for 0.1 miles. Turn right at Olympic Way. Meet at the third house on the left (1403 Olympic Way), home of The Campbell's who graciously let us use their beach access! Map.
Please note: Parking is very limited. We'll be there to meet you, so be prepared for a quick transfer.
FRIDAY: Larrabee State Park (Clayton Beach via Lost Lake Parking Lot), 9:30-4:00PM
Wow! Where do we begin? There is just so much to do at Clayton Beach! Right off of Chuckanut Drive, there are forests to explore, fossils to find, rocks to climb, giant hills of sand to play on, plus all the awesome plants and animals that call this area home. Where we go and what we do is determined by our curiosity.
Make sure to bring water shoes and a swimsuit if you plan on taking a dip in the bay!
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 250 and drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway to Chuckanut Drive. Turn left and head south to Larrabee State Park (approx. 5.5 miles). The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance on your left and is called Lost Lake parking lot. Map.
Reminder: A Discover Pass is required for all parking at Larrabee State Park. If you do not have a Pass, please stay with your vehicle and plan to make drop-off and pick-up quick.