Sep
1
to Sep 29

Wild Things - September

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Whatcom Falls Park (Scudder Pond). Directions.

Join our adventurous group as we wander through this park to examine leaves of different shapes and colors, use our "Super Secret Spider Spray" to illuminate webs of all kinds, glean the rest of the blackberries, and spy on the ducks.

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Dress for the weather! Check out our Be Prepared Checklist.

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Sep
26
11:00am11:00am

Fundraiser at Casa Que Pasa

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Casa Que Pasa, a well-loved Bellingham landmark and home to the famous Potato Burrito, is hosting a Potato Burrito Fundraiser to support Wild Whatcom! 

For every jumbo Potato Burrito sold on Tuesday, September 26, Casa Que Pasa will donate $1 to Wild Whatcom. In addition, they will match any in-house donations up to $200!

If you need an excuse to eat a potato burrito once (or more) that day, join us! Dine in or take out. The potato burritos really are outstanding (and big)!  Anyone welcome so help us spread the word!

Casa Que Pasa is located at 1415 Railroad Avenue in Bellingham (map). 

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Oct
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Ladies Night Out

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Moon of the Falling Leaves

This month of transition to the dark time of year finds us acknowledging the importance of the ancestors who came before us, and the stories they leave behind. For inspiration, we'll reflect upon nature's nutrient cycle of nourishing, replenishing, and composting in a place given to contemplation, rest, and memories.  

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation: $12 (women only). Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot!
Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

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Oct
6
to Oct 27

Wild Things - October

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Directions.

A majestic forest and wild fairyland, this beautiful place holds many magical discoveries. Interesting mushrooms are everywhere! In fact, without the benefits of the fungus among us, our forests could not exist. The variety of shapes and colors is simply amazing. Come see chunky cubes of rotten stumps, elfin saddles just waiting for a tiny rider, red coral that looks like it should be under the sea, and more. We'll find HUGE trees, lots of leaves, rotting nurse logs and mother stumps, ferns and fungus galore! We usually find lots of interesting mushrooms to see, touch, and smell. But no picking, these mushrooms are only for the forest fairies.

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Dress for the weather! Check out our Be Prepared Checklist.

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Oct
29
10:00am10:00am

Nature Outing - October

Amanitas mushroom. Photo credit: Holly Roger.

Amanitas mushroom. Photo credit: Holly Roger.

Fungus Among Us

Lake Padden (West) - park in the horse trailer lot

The Pacific Northwest is known for hosting a diverse bounty of incredible fungi. This class touches on the basics and offers some hands-on practice on how to identify the common fungus among us. Join our friends from the Northwest Mushroomers Association, Pam Borso and Dr. Fred Rhoades, for a morning of forest exploration and mushroom identification.

This outing is best for adults and children ages 4 and up. Wear your rain gear and bring a snack and a handled basket for collecting the fungus you find. Mystery yard mushrooms are welcome to attend and be identified.

Suggested Donation:

  • Adults (18+): $12
  • Children (ages 4-17): $8
  • Children 3 and under free. (Babies worn in carriers welcome).

Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot today! Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.

Save time by completing our Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

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Nov
3
to Nov 24

Wild Things - November

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Cornwall Park. Directions.   

Wild Things love this park!  It's a wonderful, wild oasis for an urban park. Come explore the bug log, touch trees, spy on squirrels, hunt for mushrooms, and run a race with a leaf. There will be puddles so come prepared!

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Dress for the weather! Check out our Be Prepared Checklist.

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Nov
3
5:30pm 5:30pm

Ladies Night Out

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Moon of Frost’s Return

Join a pack of wild ladies for the last Ladies Night Out this season! Migration and hibernation are our themes this month as we watch squirrels scurry, geese fly by, and salmon swim upstream. Do you wander in search of meaningful moments or prepare to hunker down at this time of year? We'll ponder how these natural cycles emerge in our own lives and keep an eye out for Kokanee salmon returning home on our walk along the lake shore.

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation: $12 (women only). Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot!
Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

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Sep
5
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ladies Night Out

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Moon of the Harvest

These programs are co-created by the women who attend, and every moon has a distinctive flavor and an intention that reveals itself. September's Moon of the Harvest is about fruition, abundance and generosity.Slowing down when life seems over-full to savor the bounty of life's creations. 

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation: $12 (women only). Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot!
Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

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Aug
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Moon of Dry Grass / Cougar

There are many names for the largest cat in North America, including catamount, cougar, puma, panther and mountain lion. A solitary, silent and wary creature of the night, there is much we can learn from the patience and instinctive wily ways of this powerful animal. Discover what it means to be a cougar during this exploration of your night senses. Bring your sense of adventure, ladies! 

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation: $12 (women only). Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot!
Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

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Aug
4
to Aug 25

Wild Things - August

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Lake Padden Park (West). Directions.

In any season, Lake Padden is ripe with recreational opportunities and places to explore! We traverse the trails in winter and in the summer to compare seasonal changes. We always manage to find a hill to climb, discover creatures pretending to be something they aren't, and eat plenty of delectable berries in August. We're using lots of "Super Secret Spider Spray" to reveal the beauty of shimmering spider webs. Those discoveries are priceless! The trail is stroller-friendly and water accessible. Be prepared to play in the water!

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Dress for the weather! Check out our Be Prepared Checklist.

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Jul
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

Nature Outing - July

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

New Moon Night Prowl

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.  

Suggested Donation:

  • Adults (18+): $12
  • Children (ages 4-17): $8
  • Children 3 and under free. (Babies worn in carriers welcome).

Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot today!

Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.

Save time by completing our Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

*

To reach the park take the Ferndale Exit (262) off Interstate 5, go west to the railroad underpass and stay in the left lane past Haggens and Samuels. You'll make an immediate left right after the underpass (If you go over the bridge, you've gone too far) and follow signs to Hovander park. Park in the gravelly parking lot and head towards the very big 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: I've placed the red marker on parking lot, and the blue markers on the google map right over our two potential meeting places.

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Jul
21
8:45pm 8:45pm

Ladies Night Out

New Moon Night Out - NEW DATE!

Interested in a similar Ladies Night Out experience but with a different focus? Join us for a new moon bioluminescence experience. 

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation: $12 (women only). Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot!
Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

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Ladies Night Out - CANCELLED
Jul
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ladies Night Out - CANCELLED

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Moon of the Ripe Berries - CANCELLED

Whether cultivated or wild, berries are a true messenger of hope and life. Berries are a vehicle for the potential they carry, seeds. And berries must be eaten to be enjoyed, and for new life to grow. What do they say to you? Explore the ripeness of summer and the full moon during this evening walk along the lakeshore, tasting several of our native berries along the way.

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation: $12 (women only). Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot!
Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

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Jul
7
to Jul 28

Wild Things - July

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Boulevard Park. Directions.   

Come explore the wild places in this neighborhood park from the perspective of a heron. There is treasure to behold as we traverse the South Bay trail and several spots to go explore the intertidal life under the boardwalk. Grab a coffee and join us near the beach for a morning of discovery.

Suggested Donation - $5/person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share!

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Jun
24
10:00am10:00am

Nature Outings - June

Photo Credit: Lauren Ridder

Photo Credit: Lauren Ridder

What's the Point?

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.

Questions? Email Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.

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Jun
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Moon of the Salmon's Return

Note: may extend past 9:30PM

As the daylight hours reach their fullness on the Summer Solstice, we'll explore the salmon's life lesson of rejuvenation, renewal and enjoy a moment of peace and reflection as we watch the day turn to night. What's more fun than an evening of exploration, remembrance and a taste of summer with a bunch of wild ladies?             

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation: $12 (women only). Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot!
Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

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Jun
2
to Jun 30

Wild Things - June

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Marine Park - Directions

Explore the wonders of the sea and trail! Join us for a clammy good time at Marine Park near Fairhaven. When the tide is low, we'll explore the intertidal area, if the tide is high, let's walk the trail in search of herons! On our Directions link, you'll see that there are two blue place markers. One is located in the parking lot of Marine Park, which is where we meet, and you'll notice the other is on those little beige colored round things in the trees. Those are great blue heron nests over six feet across. This area is a heron rookery! Marine Park has many other surprising secrets just waiting for you to discover! We'll bring tiny tide pools, nets and field guides to share. We suggest wearing boots because barnacles are sharp and plankton can be spiny. 

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Dress for the weather! Check out our Be Prepared Checklist.

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May
27
11:30am11:30am

Nature Outings - May

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Low Tide Picnic

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 online.

Reserve your spot today!

Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.

Save time by completing our Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

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Kids OUT! - Seaside Exploration
May
21
9:00am 9:00am

Kids OUT! - Seaside Exploration

Photo Credit: Laura Jackson

Photo Credit: Laura Jackson

Seaside Exploration (Grades 1-5)

As the days warm and lengthen, the seashore right out our back door becomes ever more inviting. Opportunities for exploration and discovery are endless along Bellingham's beautiful bay, where sea stars take shady refuge, shore crabs scuttle, and harbor seals splash playfully right off shore. We'll spend our day beside the sea, playing games in the grass, scrambling over rocks and logs, and even wading through the salty water if we're feeling brave!

Drop-off and pick-up: Larrabee State Park (near Amphitheatre). Directions.

Cost: $65

Scholarships

Cost should not be a barrier for participation. Financial assistance is available for families who need it. Please fill out the brief financial assistance form during registration.   

Check out where else Kids OUT! is going this season!

Questions: Contact Program Coordinator Laura Jackson: laura@wildwhatcom.org.

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May
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Moon of the Flowers

"The Earth laughs in flowers..." says Ralph Waldo Emerson. Though only a partial quote from a poem, these words still strike an emotional chord. Flowers are wrought with meaning and symbolism throughout history, and are mysteriously (?) matched to their pollinators in an ancient dance of reciprocity. We're headed to a wonderful garden known for it's flower display and views of the moon. 

Suggested Donation: $12 per lady. Cash, check, or donate online.

To reserve your spot, email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org. Note: Location revealed after your reservation is received.

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

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May
5
to May 26

Wild Things - May

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Cornwall Park. Directions.   

It's our anniversary month! Wild Things have been exploring nature once a week, all year round, since May, 2010. We have some special projects to commemorate our anniversary. Come explore the bug log, examine unfurling ferns, identify and sample stinging nettles, muck around in puddles, and taste the difference between a Douglas fir and a Grand fir.

Suggested Donation - $5/person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share!

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Apr
27
3:00pm 3:00pm

Family Service Party & Gear Swap

Photo Credit: Wild Whatcom

Photo Credit: Wild Whatcom

Squalicum Creek Park

Pull out your calendars and get ready for fun! The winds of October kept us from our celebration last fall, but we're determined to come together this spring!

Wild Whatcom is teaming up with the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department to offer a fun family event on (early-release) Thursday, April 27, from 3:00-5:00PM. Pitch in alongside your child with shovels and buckets as we weed and mulch around young trees in a new forest restoration. All ages are welcome and there is no cost.  Gloves and other supplies will be provided.  Please complete the City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department liability release form and bring with you.

Afterward, from 5:00-6:30PM, we will celebrate with music and food! The marimba band, Kuungana, will provide a happy beat as we share food together at the Squalicum Creek Park shelter.  Bring a light dish to share. Beverages will be provided, as well as plates, cups, and flatware.

No cost to attend, but an RSVP is appreciated!
Rachel Budelsky, rachel@wildwhatcom.org

But wait! There’s more! We’ll also be holding our first Gear Swap. Borrow, exchange, and upcycle unused or outgrown outdoor gear. Our kiddos grow so fast and new outdoor gear is pricey.  No need to bring items to participate.  

Want to volunteer to help at the Gear Swap? Have a question?

Contact Rachel Budelsky, rachel@wildwhatcom.org.

 

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Apr
23
11:00am11:00am

Kids OUT! - Beavers, Salamanders, and Frogs...Oh My!

Beavers, Salamanders, and Frogs...Oh My! (Grades 1-5)

Meet us at Squires Lake trailhead and explore the lake and surrounding forest. There are beaver lodges, bald eagle nests, a myriad of life teeming in the waters, and limitless places to play. In the winter months, Squires Lake is damp and cold, perfect for migrating salamanders and frogs which return to the pond each year. Using a combination of stealth and stalking we might be able to hear the symphony of the Pacific Chorus frogs or observe beavers at work.

Drop-off and pick-up: From Bellingham, head south on I-5 for 10.6 miles. Take exit 242 for Nulle Road toward South Lake Samish for .2 of a mile. Turn Left on US-99/Nulle Road. After .6 of a mile the parking lot will be on the left. Directions.

Cost: $65

Scholarships

Cost should not be a barrier for participation. Financial assistance is available for families who need it. Please fill out the brief financial assistance form during registration.   

Check out where else Kids OUT! is going this season!

Questions: Contact Program Coordinator, Laura Jackson: laura@wildwhatcom.org.

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Apr
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: to come

Photo Credit: to come

Moon of the Budding Trees

Welcome spring! Wee buds all curled up under protective wraps are just bursting, flowers are pollinating, insects are abuzz and mating is happening all over the place. Buds are the future of every plant. And they've been resting patiently for months, storing up energy and slowly gathering what they need for just the right moment to explode!  We'll discover the importance of recognizing the potential lying in wait, in nature and ourselves. Explore the wildness, potency and abundance of spring.

Suggested Donation: $12 per lady. Cash, check, or donate online.

To reserve your spot, email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org. Note: Location revealed after your reservation is received.

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

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Apr
7
to Apr 28

Wild Things - April

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve. Directions.

Meets every Friday in April from 9:30-11:00 AM.

This special place is a forest paradise near Sudden Valley, a favorite haunt for Wild Things. There are 400-year old trees, budding shrubs, rotting logs, mossy stumps, magical streams, gracefully unfurling ferns and rattlesnake plantain. Come find funny-smelling flowers, salamander hotels, bird restaurants, and maybe a fairy home or two (if we're really lucky).

Suggested Donation - $5/person. Cash, check, or donate online.
Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share!

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Apr
2
12:00pm12:00pm

Nature Outings - April

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Bug Patrol! (Tent.)

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.

Suggested Donation:

  • Adults (18+): $12
  • Children (ages 4-17): $8
  • Children 3 and under free. (Babies worn in carriers welcome).

Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot today!

Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.

Save time by completing our Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

 

 

 

 

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Mar
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Nature Outings - March (Postponed)

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Spring Equinox Night Prowl

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.

Suggested Donation:

  • Adults (18+): $12
  • Children (ages 4-17): $8
  • Children 3 and under free. (Babies worn in carriers welcome).

Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot today!

Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.

Save time by completing our Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

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Mar
23
1:30pm 1:30pm

Kids OUT! - Edible Nettles!

Edible Nettles! (Grades 1-5)

The abundance of spring brings a wilderness of young plants, ripe berries, lush flowers, and everything that eats them. Young birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians are everywhere this time of year, and they are all dependent on plants. We, too, can join this wild rumpus if, and only if, we truly know the plants. Plants can feed you, heal you, warm you, help you, or harm you depending on how you relate to them. For this skill, expect an adventure into the plant world and the discovery of some big allies!

Drop-off and pick-up: Drive Chuckanut Drive past Fairhaven Park. The road ascends and intersects with Viewcrest Road at the top of the hill. We will meet there at the small bit of parking on the left (east) side of the road. We will also plan to meet families on the right (west) side and walk kids across. Carpooling encouraged.

Cost: $55

Scholarships

Cost should not be a barrier for participation. Financial assistance is available for families who need it. Please fill out the brief financial assistance form during registration.   

Check out where else Kids OUT! is going this season!

Questions: Contact Program Coordinator, Laura Jackson: laura@wildwhatcom.org.

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Mar
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Ladies Night Out

Photo Bing Images

Photo Bing Images

Moon of the Chinook Wind

Trees budding, birdsong swelling, sap rising and energy swirling -spring is in the air! Let's explore what spring means to you, discover what's so magical and irritating about pollen and enjoy a reflective moment in the moonlight, surrounded by a pack of wild ladies! Come bask in a moonbeam with us.

Suggested Donation: $12 per lady. Cash, check, or donate online.

To reserve your spot, email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org. Note: Location revealed after your reservation is received.

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

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Mar
11
to Mar 12

Workshop: Sketching Wonder - New Ways of Seeing

DATE CHANGE! We realized late in the game the dates put on our previous flyer didn't reflect the dates we intended. Our Sketching Wonder workshop will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, NOT March 10 and 11. We hope this change opens up your schedule to attend this unique experience in a beautiful setting!

Flyer credit: Ginna Malley Campos

Flyer credit: Ginna Malley Campos

Have you longed to infuse life and beauty into your observations and descriptions, to jumpstart your journaling, add drawings, or begin anew?

Join seasoned naturalist, author and illustrator Susan Zwinger for a two-day illustration, creative writing, and nature observation workshop. Rediscover your creative flow, learn basic drawing and organizational techniques, and connect with others amidst the natural beauty of a forested Chuckanut home overlooking the Salish Sea. 

Don’t miss this opportunity for camaraderie, connection and guidance! All proceeds to benefit Wild Whatcom.

Eligible for continuing education credits.

About Susan Zwinger

Susan Zwinger graduated with honors from Cornell College in Art and English and earned a doctorate from Penn State University. Her books include The Last Wild Edge, Stalking the Ice Dragon, Hanford Reach, and Still Wild, Always Wild. She co-authored Women In Wilderness with her mother Ann Haymond Zwinger. A lifelong journal writer, Susan has taught for the North Cascades Institute, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and the Whidbey Writers Workshop.

Registration Deadline

Thursday, March 9, 2017. Max. group size: 10.

Cost: $250-400 sliding scale

Pay by check (payable to: Wild Whatcom) and mail to PO Box 4457, Bellingham, WA 98227-4457 or pay online. Please write Sketching Wonder in the memo line.

Questions? Chris Wiebe, Program Manager: chris@wildwhatcom.org

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Mar
3
to Mar 31

Wild Things - March

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Whatcom Falls Park. Directions*.   

Meets every Friday in March from 9:30-11:00 AM.

Let's listen in to the spring songs of the birds and frogs along this waterway through one of our favorite parks. We'll search for signs of spring and check out what the beavers had for dinner! 

*We sometimes shift locations for more exploring fun in this park. Check Facebook for current meeting spot or email us

Suggested Donation - $5/person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share!

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Feb
26
8:00am 8:00am

Kids OUT! - Snow Play Day & Winter Survival Skills

Snow Play Day & Winter Survival Skills (Grades 3-5)

We're hopping on the Wild Whatcom bus and heading east on highway 542 into the heart of the North Cascades. Bring your sleds, shovels, and coziest snowsuits for a day of play and winter survival fun!

Under the shadows of Mt. Shuksan and Table Mountain, we will learn the Art of Shelter Building using one of the greatest materials the winter provides - snow! We will learn through experience the art and skill of creating snow caves, tunnels, and forts, with enough time to hit the sledding hill wherever we create one! In previous explorations around the area, we have encountered gray jays and ravens and followed the tracks of lynx and snowshoe hare.

Note: Please meet at the Montessori at Samish Woods, 1027 Samish Way in Bellingham, to drop-off and again for pick-up.

Cost: $75

Scholarships

Cost should not be a barrier for participation. Financial assistance is available for families who need it. Please fill out the brief financial assistance form during registration.   

Check out where else Kids OUT! is going this season!

Questions: Contact Program Coordinator, Laura Jackson: laura@wildwhatcom.org.

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Feb
21
3:00pm 3:00pm

Join us at Wander Brewing - Tues. Feb 21

Our friend Kelsey!

Our friend Kelsey!

Tomorrow will be the first Community Tuesday of the year at Wander Brewing and they will be donating $1 from every pint sold to Wild Whatcom!

Community Tuesdays will be held once a month and $1 from every pint sold will be donated to an organization that was chosen by a member of our team. Kelsey, one of our fantastic beertenders, picked Wild Whatcom. See below for why she is so passionate about this awesome organization.
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From Kelsey: I chose Wild Whatcom as my nonprofit organization for Community Tuesdays based on my two passions: educating children and the outdoors. Wild Whatcom focuses on connecting children with nature, self, community, and earth. Through hands on experiences, children are able to recognize the importance of spending time in the outdoors and protecting nature. Not only do kids gain naturalist knowledge and skills, but also key life skills. Plus Wild Whatcom is all about having fun along the way!

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Feb
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: Bing Images

Photo Credit: Bing Images

Moon of Deep Snow

Join a pack of wild ladies for the first Ladies Night Out of the season! To honor new beginnings and the light needed to sustain us, we are headed to a place of deep reflection and birth. Signs of new life are all around us this month, but may be hidden and under cover. We just have to pause and look, and maybe shed some light on our subject. Which is harder for you; pausing, contemplating, or bringing your light?

Suggested Donation: $12 per lady. Cash, check, or donate online.

To reserve your spot, email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org. Note: Location revealed after your reservation is received.

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

 

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Feb
3
to Feb 24

Wild Things

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Interurban Trail. Directions.

Meets every Friday in February from 9:30-11:00 AM.

We always find the first blossoms of spring on this trail. What? Flowers in February? Yes, indeed. Join us for a welcome breath of fresh air, nest counting, tree sex discovery, and a little nature fun and games. 

Suggested Donation - $5/person. Cash, check, or donate online.
Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share!

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Jan
27
9:30am 9:30am

Wild Things

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Lake Padden Park (East). Directions.   

Lake Padden is a wonder-full place to explore in any season. January brings the promise of fresh beginnings (and fancy mating plumage for many birds). We will be searching for the first signs of spring this month. Do you think we'll find any? As in many aspects of life, some beginnings are so tiny, so subtle as to go without notice unless you slow down and take a close look. The wonder-full thing about exploring with young children is their ability to see the world in all its detail - and be fully present in the moment.

Suggested Donation - $5/person. Cash, check, or donate online.
Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share!

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Jan
22
11:00am11:00am

Kids OUT! - Art of Fire Building

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Art of Fire Building (Grades 3-5)

Delve into the Art of Fire Building and start the journey towards creating a fire building kit of your own. Discover the various tools, materials, and methods used to start fires and enjoy the gift of warmth, storytelling, and maybe even some light cooking over the fire. This skill requires the ethical harvest of materials, proper crafting of tools, and patience and practice of form and technique. There is a great deal of responsibility and safety involved with this skill. When fire is used as a tool we can create warmth, purify water, cook, make tools and building materials, and create a space for conversation and storytelling. When fire is used as a weapon, we can devastate landscapes, squander materials, and injure ourselves. Our goal is to practice this vital survival skill and develop a healthy appreciation for it.

Hundred Acre Wood: From I-5, take exit 250 (Old Fairhaven Parkway). Head west on Old Fairhaven Parkway to 24th St (Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital). Follow 24th St south a block to Cody St. Parking along the east side of the street.

Cost: $65

Scholarships

Cost should not be a barrier for participation. Financial assistance is available for families who need it. Please fill out the brief financial assistance form during registration.   

Questions: Contact Program Coordinator Laura Jackson: laura@wildwhatcom.org.

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