Necklace Valley Voyage (Trip) - Grades 9 & 10


Necklace Valley Voyage (Trip) - Grades 9 & 10


Monday, August 12 - Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pre-trip Meeting (Mandatory) Sunday, August 11, 2019

Named for its string of jewel-like lakes, the Necklace Valley is an outdoor playground abounding  with opportunities to swim, scramble, and take in stunning mountain vistas. This trail boasts upwards of ten alpine-likes, between which wildflowers thrive and delight; trillium, calypso orchids, and yellow violets are but a few types of wildflowers a hiker may spot along the way. Hopping from lake to lake, hikers will face some spots of steep elevation and scrambling, learning to practice backpacking and hiking strategies to conserve energy and maximize enjoyment.

As we travel through these mountains we'll explore and discuss our own journey through adolescence in this coming of age. All along the way, we'll go out and go within, co-discovering our changing selves in this time and culture, considering our relationships with self, parents, peers and our community.

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Total trip miles: 18 miles with full packs, collaboratively decided additional distance in day hike explorations.

Elevation Gain: Up to 4,000 ft. Max. Elevation 6,000 ft.


Scholarship applications available during registration.

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2019 Itinerary - Dates, locations, and times all tentative and to be updated ASAP

Pre-Trip Meeting (mandatory): Sunday, August 11, 2019. Time: 12:00-3:00PM. (Tent.) Location: Cascade Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Ave, Bellingham. Directions. (Tent.) Participants should bring backpack and everything on the gear list they plan to bring on the trip. While this meeting is for participants only, we're happy to fill parents in on everything we discuss! 


Meet at Cascade Montessori Middle School, 2710 MacKenzie Ave, Bellingham at 9:00AM.


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Pick-up: Cascade Montessori Middle School, 2710 MacKenzie Ave, Bellingham in the early evening (time depends on trail and road travel time + traffic). Expect a text or call from the road for exact ETA (7pm or later).

Learning Outcomes: Lessons learned and concepts covered on this adventure include daily in-depth exploration of the bridge to young adulthood and all its attributes, challenges and changes; living out the Wild Whatcom mottos, healthy and supportive interpersonal communication, Leave No Trace (TM) ethics, collaborative leadership development, common sense camping, analyzing hazards and how to mitigate their risk, living with integrity, exploring how our thinking affects our reality, self care, ecology and botany of subalpine and alpine ecosystems, multiple intelligence theory, wilderness awareness and ethics, glaciers and our connection to them,  survival priorities, navigation, preparedness, human impact on mountain ecosystems, wildlife and their adaptation to humans, working with and through fears, mountain weather systems, accepting and working with emotions and intuition, exploring endings and new beginnings; letting go and holding on to childhood attributes, relationship with self, influences and effects on self esteem and body image, including media influences. Exploring river ecology; cougar and bear behavior; relationships with parents and peers, how to speak and listen from the heart, overcoming adversity, advanced backpacking skills, practicing gratitude, understanding personal potential, human and natural history… and more!

Participant trip questionnaire and tetanus immunization required to participate.

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