Job Opening! Boys Explorers Club Mentor

Wild Whatcom is hiring!

Please see full job descriptions and other application instructions on our Employment page.

Boys Explorers Club Mentor

Wild Whatcom is actively committed to social equity and justice and encourages candidates of all racial and gender identities, cultural and economic backgrounds, and of any sexual orientation to apply. Wild Whatcom is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

Join our team today!

Cascadia Weekly - Adventures 101

Summer Adventure camp kids exploring at the beach

Summer Adventure camp kids exploring at the beach

This recent issue of Cascadia Weekly is all about getting outside this summer. See our photos (cover and page 12) and short profile of our Summer Adventures camp program. Registration is open and spaces are still available. Come join us for big adventure days immersed in exploring the Northwest's mossy forests, wild rivers, mountain meadows, tumbling waterfalls, and pebbled beaches. 

Spring News! Wild Whatcom's new Executive Director has arrived

New Wild Whatcom Executive Director, Licia Sahagun

New Wild Whatcom Executive Director, Licia Sahagun

Hello Friends of Wild Whatcom!

With the arrival of spring, and all the brightness and new energy it heralds, Wild Whatcom is thrilled to introduce our new Executive Director, Licia Sahagun (pronounced Lee-shuh Suh-haggen).

Licia comes to Wild Whatcom with stellar experience and talents, and is ready to guide Wild Whatcom to its next stage of development and community impact. Her strategic thinking, keen intellect, and strong communication skills are a great match for our goals and values. As we welcome Licia, we say goodbye to Emily Highleyman. We are so thankful for Emily’s five fabulous years of leadership and see the passing of the baton to Licia as a continuum of that excellence.
 
Licia brings a decade of non-profit experience to Wild Whatcom, ranging from AmeriCorps volunteer, Program Manager, Executive Director, and Board Chair. Most recently, Licia has been the Deputy Director at the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School. Licia holds a degree in International Studies and Sustainable Development from the University of Illinois and received her master’s in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
 
Though Licia was born in the Chicago suburbs, she joyously spent much of her childhood on a 10-acre non-working farm near her hometown. There she grew up exploring, playing, and just being outside on a regular basis, which fostered her love for nature and her drive to spend time outdoors. Licia is excited to join the thoughtful, welcoming, and compassionate team at Wild Whatcom. She can’t imagine a better way to spend her days than supporting an organization that connects young people with the awe-inspiring outdoor spaces in Whatcom County - and beyond.
 
When she’s not working, you’ll most likely find her hiking, gardening, birding, exploring, or camping with her partner, Ryan, and their pooch Hazel. Feel free to reach out to Licia if you’d like to welcome her or find a time to connect!
 
With sincerest gratitude,
 
The Wild Whatcom Board of Directors

Cascadia Weekly - From Students to Stewards

Hannah Newell, from Wild Whatcom, engaging in NSEA’s activity

Hannah Newell, from Wild Whatcom, engaging in NSEA’s activity

This recent issue of Cascadia Weekly profiles the work Wild Whatcom and our partners have been doing to help teachers become trained and confident to extend their teaching beyond the walls of the classroom — getting kids outside, introducing climate science, and using curriculum that inspires and empowers students (and meets Next Generation Science Standards).

Wild Thyme Fundraiser - Wild at Heart

Join us Thursday, May 2, 2019 for Wild Whatcom’s 2nd Annual Wild Thyme dinner. This year's theme, Wild at Heart, highlights something we all have in common--falling in love with nature. How did it happen to you? 

You are invited to join us for this special evening at Ciao Thyme to support a shared vision of connecting kids to nature and creating future leaders and stewards of the earth. Funds raised will help us better serve all kids who want to explore outside. 

Ciao Thyme is developing an incredible menu for this multi-course dinner celebrating the season. Please join us in sharing in great company and conversations inspired by Ciao Thyme's exemplary dining space and the best food the Pacific Northwest has to offer. 

Early-bird special through March 31: $110/guest

Regular pricing begins April 1: $125/guest

Space is limited. Reserve your seat today!

Questions? info@wildwhatcom.org

2019 Climate Science K-12 Teacher Summit

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Wild Whatcom is pleased to help support the 2019 Climate Science K-12 Teacher Summit. This partnership between Wild Whatcom and other Whatcom County organizations brings together their expertise teaching outdoor and place-based experiential education to our local teachers.

The summit is a chance for teachers to gain confidence to lead experiential, place-based science lessons beyond the walls of their classroom and come away with a better understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards and Climate Science in regards to the place we call home.

For questions or more info, contact: apeck@n-sea.org.

Job Openings! Executive Director & Fellows

Wild Whatcom is hiring!

Please see full job descriptions and other application instructions on our Employment page.

Executive Director

Outdoor Education Fellow (multiple openings)

Positions are open until filled. Priority application dates apply.

Wild Whatcom is actively committed to social equity and justice and encourages candidates of all racial and gender identities, cultural and economic backgrounds, and of any sexual orientation to apply. Wild Whatcom is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or marital status in employment or the provision of services.

Join our team today!

Go Wild for Wild Whatcom Today!

Dear Friends,

Wild Whatcom ignites enduring connections to nature. Your gift will inspire kids to recognize that we are all connected, we are all teachers, and we can each make positive change in this world.

"Wild Whatcom has given me a voice to speak out for what I believe in. It's given me values, like to help make a difference in the community. It's given me a ton of self-confidence and determination. But mostly it's given me some of the most amazing experiences and memories."
                                                                             - Participant


This giving season, please choose Wild Whatcom. You will be making a difference in the lives of hundreds of children, right here in our community, who otherwise wouldn't have the chance to roam, romp, and learn in our wondrous natural areas.   

Go wild and get kids outside!

You will inspire future stewards for our community and earth. 

Every dollar makes an impact.

Take a minute and
donate today!

With gratitude,

Your friends at Wild Whatcom

Women Who Lead - The Cairn Project

Girls Explorers Club Program Coordinator, Stormie Romero

Girls Explorers Club Program Coordinator, Stormie Romero

Interview with Field Mentor Stormie Romero

Our growing community is full of women who are devoted to helping more young women learn, grow, and discover themselves through outdoor adventure. We caught up with Stormie Romero, Program Coordinator at Wild Whatcom, to learn more about how she became a Woman Who Leads.

Tell us about your role at Wild Whatcom – what’s a typical day as Mentor and Coordinator?

I wear two sets of boots at Wild Whatcom. The first is as the Program Coordinator for Girls Explorer Club and the second is that of a Field Mentor. Though different in their day-to-day functions, these two roles share the same heart.

As a Program Coordinator, I often feel like that quote from Harold and Maude, that ‘the Earth is my body, my head is in the Stars.’ My mind’s eye is zoomed out, focused on expansive, far-reaching programmatic goals: the whys and hows of things. But my hands and feet are on the ground, fully emerged in the gritty logistics. This is a beautiful way of saying that I do a lot of work on the computer. I create and update curriculum, communicate with parents and service providers, schedule the mentoring staff and the group outings, and zip around a lot in meticulously color-coded spreadsheets.

Serving as a Field Mentor also requires a mental balance of big-picture design and on-the-ground presence of mind. It is a Mentor’s responsibility to see an Explorers Club group as both a cohesive entity that will adventure together from 2nd through 8th grade and a collective of individual girls with personalized needs. As a Mentor, I am always asking myself when should I step up in order to model collaborative decision-making or safe tool use, and when I should step back to create space for youth voice or participant-led exploration.

How did you get involved in women’s outdoor education?

I learned early in life that indoor employment did not suit me. When I was 20, I began working at an organic farm in upstate New York. Eventually, I found myself managing an organic farm-to-table farmstead outside of Philadelphia. I worked there every day, in every season, from sunup to sundown. My soul was bright with love and connection for the soil, the plants, and the bees. But at 25, my back was sore, my feet were stiff, and my hands were basically rocks. So when I moved to Washington state, I knew that it was time to chart a different course. I wanted to find another avenue of employment that filled my soul. I found Wild Whatcom’s website while driving across the country and interviewed for a position as a Girls Explorers Club Mentor the day after I arrived in Bellingham.

I didn’t get that first position that I applied for but I did eventually became a Mentor for Wild Whatcom’s after-school program. From there, I watched, learned, and slowly moved from Field Mentor to Program Coordinator. Through my work with Wild Whatcom, I became familiar with the mountains, forests, creeks, birds, and cycles of the land. Now, rather than growing and providing food for my community, I help foster young girls’ love for each other and their connection with their natural community.   

Read the full interview here.

Connect Kids to Nature on Giving Tuesday

Connect kids to nature… donate  today!

Connect kids to nature…donate today!

Dear Friends,

Giving Tuesday is here!
 
Your gift to Wild Whatcom will help kids discover a love of nature, a passion for learning, and the confidence to be leaders. 
 
At Wild Whatcom, nature is a place for kids to indulge in wonder, play, compassion, service, and connection. By giving to Wild Whatcom, you develop youth who care about the earth and understand how connected we are to our planet.
 
You – our supporters – grow our programs and strengthen our impact. We are forever grateful. You have been part of many accomplishments this year:

  • A robust partnership with Bellingham Public Schools to double the number of kids getting outdoors.

  • A focus on equity and inclusion across the organization to ensure that we reach a diverse population.

  • Tens of thousands of nature hours for kids to explore and learn outdoors.

  • A demonstrated ethic of service when kids give back to their community.

  • Strong programs (like EdVentures and SEED) to reach youth at Title 1 schools and those with disabilities.

  • $20,000 in scholarships to families who otherwise would not have the chance to participate.

While program fees and grants provide a financial base, we rely upon you to offer scholarships, serve those in need, reach new audiences, and grow a vibrant organization. Wild Whatcom maximizes the impact of every dollar you entrust to us.  
 
On this Giving Tuesday, please take a moment to support kids and invest in our shared future.

On behalf of Wild Whatcom and the 2,000+ kids who have explored outdoors this year with incredible mentors – THANK YOU! 

May your holidays be restorative and happy. Warm wishes from our Wild Whatcom family to yours.

Emily Barnett Highleyman

Executive Director

P.S. Please feel free to share with others so they, too, can support a locally grown, top-notch non-profit, working right here in Whatcom County.

Just in Time for the Holidays! Order your Wild Whatcom Shirt Today!

On the back: It's raining, it's pouring, let's go exploring!

On the back: It's raining, it's pouring, let's go exploring!

Dear friends of Wild Whatcom!

We’re making our popular tech shirts available for special order just in time for the holidays. Order one (or more) today!

Brand: Sport-Tek
Style: Short sleeve, crew neck
Color: Forest Green (note: Youth size S and M – Royal Blue Only)
Sizes: Mens/Womens/Youth

 
Cost: $18/each
 
Order here.
Last day to order: Sunday, December 2.


Questions? info@wildwhatcom.org

Happy Thanksgiving!

Your friends at Wild Whatcom