Shoreside Explorers Camp - Grades 5-6
Shoreside Explorers Camp - Grades 5-6
Session: July 10-14
Note: this camp has a Thursday overnight
With the Cascade Mountains behind us and the Salish Sea before us, Whatcom County offers so many exploration possibilities. This camp will focus on the watery environments of the salty Salish Sea, its changes over time, the important role it plays for humans and other creatures, and the many gifts it provides. We’ll foster curiosity and explore the many wonders and mysteries of the Salish Sea as we wade, splash, dig, gush, and connect with one another and this magnificent marine environment. We’ll end our salty, sand-filled week with an overnight at Birch Bay, awed and inspired by the history, knowledge, connections, and beauty the Salish Sea provides us.
MONDAY: Padilla Bay 10:00-4:30PM
We'll head south to begin our connections with one another and the Salish Sea that provides such important habitat for our region. Plan on exploring at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, delving into the mysteries of intertidal and aquatic life, swimming, splashing, and connecting to this beautiful place and the creatures around us. This day will weave learning with a whole lot of wet playing, so come prepared!
Drop-off and pick-up: Montessori at Samish Woods, 1027 Samish Way, Bellingham. Map.
TUESDAY: Bakerview Beach, 10:00-4:30PM
We’ll spend this day of the Salish Sea camp in the Salish Sea! This expansive delta beach invites us to walk far out to the water's edge, skip through shallow warm pools, and explore the giant driftwood logs. Those who really like to get dirty can enjoy our annual summer mud-gushing day in the Nooksack River delta’s HQM (High Quality Mud). Mud-gushing is optional – there will be plenty to do for those girls who prefer to stay clean. Then we'll head out for one more Peaceful Place and have a last closing circle to end our week of bonding through shared adventure before taking our tired selves home!
Water shoes with straps (Keens or similar) are essential today!
Drop-off and pick-up: 1403 Olympic Way at the Campbell's, a long-time Wild Whatcom family. Drive west on Eldridge Avenue to Marine Drive approximately 4.5 miles from downtown to Bancroft Road. Turn left. After 0.1 mile, go right at Olympic Way. The Campbell's are in the third house on the left. Thanks for carpooling and making a quick drop off to limit our impact on the Campbell's generosity.
WEDNESDAY: Larrabee to Clayton Beach trek 10:00-4:30PM
This outing will take our wandering feet along a beautiful bluff trail from Larrabee State Park all the way to Clayton Beach. We’ll hike through the flourishing forest to sand and sea, playing games, scrambling through creekbeds and using collaborative navigation skills to hike from one thriving ecosystem to another. We’ll discover life under logs and leaves and ponder creatures seen and unseen in the rich dirt of the forests - on the sandy beaches of Chuckanut Bay and in the salty water of the Salish Sea.
Drop-off: Larrabee State Park. From Bellingham, drive south on Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11). After approximately six miles, take a right into the Larrabee State Park entrance. Mentors will be waiting and waving in the southern-most parking lot above the grassy lawn and bandstand.
Pick-up: Clayton Beach / Lost Lake parking area. From Bellingham, drive south on Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11). Pass the Larrabee State Park entrance on your left, continuing on Chuckanut Drive approximately a quarter mile to the Clayton Beach/Lost Lake parking area on your left. The gate into the parking area may be closed, but there should be space for cars in the area before the gate and along the road.
THURSDAY: Birch Bay State Park campout, 10:30-Friday 2:30PM (overnight)
On this day, we’ll head to a north part of the Salish Sea, exploring the shallow-shore beaches of Birch Bay State Park. After setting up camp in the state park, we'll experience the bay firsthand through our afternoon explorations. Girls are always “in charge” on summer campouts, leading tent set-up, cooking, cleaning, and fire-building. We’ll welcome the dark with a night exploration before bedtime. Girls should arrive well-fed, and have lunch and water bottle in their daypack.
Drop-off and pick-up: Carpooling is encouraged for this outing! Drop-off will be at 10:30AM at the Birch Bay State Park Day Use parking area. Turn into Birch Bay State Park, 5105 Helweg Rd, Blaine. Instead of turning into any campground loops, go straight until you come to the Day Use picnic area on your right. Mentors will be waiting in the parking lot to greet you! Note: Pick up will be at the same location the following day (Friday) at 2:30PM.
FRIDAY: Birch Bay State Park, until 2:30PM
After breakfast, we’ll employ the motto "Everyone Helps" as we collaborate in packing up camp. Then we'll head out for more exploring and Salish Sea connections before heading south. We'll end this day early so all can get rest in preparation for the next day's trek.
Pick-up: Carpooling is encouraged for this outing! Pick-up will be at 10:30AM at the Birch Bay State Park Day Use Parking Area. Turn into Birch Bay State Park, 5105 Helweg Rd, Blaine. Instead of turning into any campground loops, go straight until you come to the Day Use picnic area your right. Mentors will be waiting in the parking lot to greet you!
Note: We are working to obtain a rental van for this day, since the Wild Whatcom bus is in use. If we're unable to do this, we'll need to ask parents to carpool to Birch Bay State Park.
• We aim to arrive on time to pickup, but unforeseen events can cause us to be 5‐10 minutes overtime. Please let us know at drop off if you have a time sensitive need at day's end, and we'll try extra hard to be on time or a bit early.
• You may wish to bring a large garbage bag/towel(s)/an extra change of clothes to pick up, as your daughter might be quite dirty some days!