School's Out Washington - Wild Whatcom Profile

Quality in Action: Wild Whatcom's Girls Explorers Club

Over the past year, School’s Out Washington (SOWA) has joined Women’s Funding Alliance in their mission to advance leadership for women and girls in our state.

As part of Women’s Funding Alliance’s Girls Leadership Organizations of Washington (GLOW) Initiative, SOWA has provided quality improvement training to a cohort of leaders from fourteen girl-serving youth programs. Together with Women’s Funding Alliance and their GLOW cohort, we are providing girls across Washington State with a wider range of quality leadership development experiences.

“Working with School’s Out Washington to deliver the Youth Program Quality component of our GLOW initiative has allowed our cohort members to develop strategies and shared language around quality in their programming,” says Women’s Funding Alliance President & CEO Liz Vivian. “We are thrilled to be working with SOWA and our GLOW cohort to strengthen the girl-serving ecosystem in Washington State.”

Hannah Thomas Plant, Girls Explorers Club

Hannah Thomas Plant, Girls Explorers Club

Program leaders at Wild Whatcom, a youth organization based in Bellingham, shared how their experience in the GLOW cohort and quality improvement process has shaped the culture of their programming.

“Wild Whatcom already had a strong approach to working with kids, but through the Youth Program Quality Assessment, coaching and peer learning, we have been able to come together with shared intention and a shared language around how we want to interact with the girls in our program and build a culture that is impactful," explains Hannah Thomas Plant – Girl’s Explorers Club Coordinator for Wild Whatcom.

Wild Whatcom engages more than a thousand children and families in a variety of year-round programs, with a goal of helping bring the joy of the outdoors to children and families throughout Whatcom County. At the heart of the organization’s work is helping to create a community who really cares about connecting to nature.

Full article here

Horizon Middle School Care Fair - Stop by our table!

Horizon Middle School, Horizon Natural High Club and Native Student Club has invited Wild Whatcom to participate in their 2nd annual Care Fair Friday, May 19th from 11:15-12:45PM.

The Care Fair promotes a healthy summer by connecting students to local recreational, educational, and enrichment opportunities during the summer and/or when school resumes in the fall. 

We're excited to share Wild Whatcom program opportunities with our friends at Horizon Middle School. Join us if you can!


Join us at Wander Brewing! - Tuesday, 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.
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!