Cascadia Explorations Camp - Grades 2-3

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Cascadia Explorations Camp - Grades 2-3


Session 1 (Sold out): July 10-14     Session 2 (Sold out): July 24-28     Session 3: August 7-11

Standby lists available.

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 our younger participants who are up for a full week of outings, but not quite ready for an overnight.



2017 Schedule

MONDAY: Lake Padden Park, 9:30-4:00PM

We will venture to this popular Bellingham hangout and explore the little known treasures that surround it off trail.  From ponds to creeks, fungus to foliage, we’re bound for discovery - and possibly a jump in the lake. This is a great place for epic games and there are countless memories waiting for us within the sandstone folds of the landscape, under sword ferns, and beneath giant cedars and big leaf maple.

Make sure to bring water shoes and a swimsuit if you plan on taking a dip in the lake!

Drop-off and pick-up: Drive south on South Samish Way for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive (Lake Padden Golf Course (east) entrance). Continue to the end of the road. We will meet at the south end of the lake near the dog park. Map.

TUESDAY: Hundred Acre Wood, 9:30-4:00PM

The Hundred Acre Wood has 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 Fairhaven Parkway, turn south onto 24th Street. Drive until you see Willis Street and find parking. Note: Parking is limited so we will shoot for quick turnaround times.  Map.

WEDNESDAY: 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 swimsuits and a pair of  water shoes that have a heel and are closed-toed that 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: Drive west on Eldridge Avenue/Marine Drive approximately 4.5 miles from downtown Bellingham. 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. 

THURSDAY: Larrabee State Park to Clayton Beach traverse, 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. We will meet at Larrabee State Park and traverse along the shoreline south towards Clayton Beach or, perhaps, if the tide is in, we will scurry through the tree line towards our destination. Either way we are bound to have a wonderful day!

Drop-off: Drive south on Chuckanut Drive for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Follow the road to the left and meet in the day use parking area. Map.

Pick-up: Drive south on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on your left. Look for the Lost Lake Trailhead 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.

FRIDAY: Bloedel-Donovan Park to Whatcom Falls Park, 9:30-4:00PM

The far east end of Whatcom Falls Park and the far west end of Lake Whatcom. We'll explore land and water, forest and stream. This side of Whatcom Falls has tons of mystery ripe for discovery.

With so many options of where to go, we will draw on all our group decision making skills we developed during the week to help guide us on our explorations.

Bring your swimsuit and water shoes!

Drop-off and pick-up: From I-5, drive east Lakeway Drive for 1.7 miles. Turn left on Electric Avenue and drive for 0.9 miles. Turn right into Bloedel-Donovan Park parking lot. Map.

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