Foothills Explorations Camp - Grades 1-2

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Foothills Explorations Camp - Grades 1-2


2018 Session 1: July 9-11 Session 2: July 23-25 Session 3: August 6-8 (All Sessions FULL)

Get ready for a fantastic half week of exploration! Foothills Explorations Camp is for kids new to Wild Whatcom. Join us as we navigate our way from forests to oceans, around lakes, and along trails with remarkable discoveries in store. These three days will be packed full of fun games, natural history, and lessons on how to explore as a group that is greater than the sum of its individual members.


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2018 Schedule

MONDAY: 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 I-5, take exit 250 (Old Fairhaven Parkway) and head west. Turn south onto 24th Street. Drive to Willis Street and find parking. Note: Parking is limited so we will shoot for quick turnaround times.  Map.

TUESDAY: 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. 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.

Bring water shoes (close-toed), swimsuit, and small towel if you plan on taking a dip in the lake!

Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 252 (Samish Way) and head south on South Samish Way for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Lakeshore Drive (Lake Padden Golf Course/Dog Park (east) entrance). Continue to the end of the road and the parking lot near the dog park. Map.

WEDNESDAY: Clayton Beach (Larrabee State Park), 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.

Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 250 (Old Fairhaven Parkway) and head west. Turn left onto Chuckanut Drive 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. 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.

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