Nature Outings Schedule


Nature Outings Schedule


Monthly outings March-July.

Heads up! Nature Outings will be switching to a quarterly schedule beginning this fall.

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Summer 2017

June: What's the Point?

Saturday, June 24, 10:00-2:00PM

Point Whitehorn Marine Park

This collaborative, community-based program is an all hands on deck sort of event, and it's free! Come explore the rich natural history of Point Whitehorn Marine Park. Join naturalists from several community organizations for a stroll through a beautiful forest down to explore a sprawling stretch of beach at the lowest tide of the year.

Free! No registration required.

July: New Moon Night Prowl

Saturday, July 22, 8:00-10:00PM

Hovander Park *

Beavers, bats and owls, oh my! Twilight is a great time to watch for wildlife in one of our most treasured parks, which comes alive in different ways after dark. Spend this summer evening wondering what the night will bring and wandering around in the darkness of a New moon.  Expect an interactive discussion of nocturnal animal’s adaptations, build a bat wing model and listen for the warning signal of the beavers in the nearby slough.  

* To reach the park take exit 262 off Interstate 5 (Ferndale). Go west past Haggen and Samuels to the railroad underpass. Stay in the left lane. Make an immediate left turn right after the underpass. If you go over the bridge, you've gone too far. Follow signs to Hovander Park. Park in the gravelly parking lot and head towards the very big red barn. Look for the Wild Whatcom Event sign. We will either be right next to the Hovander house or under the white tent near the water tower. Note: On directions linked above, the red marker is on the parking lot and the blue markers are right over our two potential meeting places.

August: No outing this month. See you in the fall!

Fall 2017


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Spring 2017

March: Spring Equinox Night Prowl - Postponed

Saturday, March 25th, 6:30-8:30PM

Squires Lake

Night falls, or does it rise? Spend this spring evening exploring nature under the darkness of a waning moon. Twilight is a great time to watch animals, and this area is rich with wildlife. Expect an interactive discussion of nocturnal animal’s adaptations and a silent period of wildlife watching at the lake. Wetlands are incredibly productive ecosystems, which means many creatures find food and shelter here under the shelter of darkness.

April: Bug Patrol!

Sunday, April 2nd, 12:00-2:00PM

Hovander Park/Tennant Lake Complex

All about insects! Did you know that all bugs are insects, but not all insects are bugs? And why are there so many different kinds of beetles, anyway? Oh yes, there is so much to know about these important pollinators and irritating pests. Take a trip out on the boardwalk to investigate the aquatic invertebrates swimming around underwater.

May: Low Tide Picnic

Saturday, May 27th, 11:30-1:30PM

Boulevard Park

The Elder Salish People say, “When the tide is out, the table is set”. The table will be well laden today, with a low tide of -3.3! It’s a great time for a daytime tour of the surprising diversity of marine life in your neighborhood. Come explore this beach with Casey from the Marine Life Center, Doug “Waterman” Stark from the Beach Watchers, Wild Whatcom staff, and teams of awesome volunteer naturalists.

Suggested Donation

Adults (18+): $12

Children (ages 4-17): $8

Children 3 and under free. (Babies worn in carriers welcome).

Cash, check or donate here.

No registration required. Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!