HOWL at Carl Cozier with Wild Whatcom

Holly Roger with two students at Larrabee State Park

Holly Roger with two students at Larrabee State Park

Thanks to the Chuckanut Health Foundation, over a hundred students at Carl Cozier Elementary are exploring nature outdoors, learning new concepts, and improving mental and physical health. After two months of implementation, the HOWL program (Healthy Outdoor Wanders and Learning) is off to a great start, popular with teachers and students alike. The grant focuses on three different outdoor education pathways within the school: field outings with 2nd and 3rd-grade classes; after-school explorations with a broad range of ages; and outdoor activities with students with disabilities in grades K-5.

The field outings provide an opportunity for kids to leave the classroom and bring their learning outdoors -- to accentuate classroom learning with hands-on exploration and the chance to immerse themselves in nature first-hand. Despite the fact that Carl Cozier sits beside a beautiful nature area, this is, for many students, their first foray into the forest. Trees become the classroom walls, and the ecosystem of forest life, alive with bugs, plants, birds, and fungus, the teacher. In a lesson about observation, for example, students explored spiders, slugs, and insects, as well as the nuances of fall leaves, and began to understand how each was connected. “It was really neat to see students get excited about digging in the dirt to find what might be hiding below. The curiosity and inquiry were endless,” says Wild Whatcom Mentor, Nicole Keeler. “The hardest part of the outing was having to leave the woods at the end!”  Another outing provided the chance for students to become map-makers; exploring the land first-hand and then putting that knowledge to practical use charting the trails within the woods.

As one of the teachers expressed, “I love Wild Whatcom. Learning about the outdoors is so beneficial for our students.” And the enthusiasm is contagious; it’s just as exciting for the mentors working with the students as it is for the students and teachers themselves. Nicole Keeler sums it up perfectly: “It's really empowering to see students during regular field trips and again after school. The interpersonal connections and the consistent exploration in nature create a more meaningful experience for everybody.”

Wild Whatcom Participates in Jane Goodall Event

Join us at the Mount Baker Theatre, Monday, October 8

Join us at the Mount Baker Theatre, Monday, October 8

Wild Whatcom is participating alongwith other invited environmental organizations in a no-host tabling event as part of the talk by world-renowned chimpanzee expert and conservationist, Dr. Jane Goodall on Monday, October 8 at 7PM at the Mount Baker Theatre.

The SOLD OUT Tomorrow & Beyond event is part of Western Washington University’s (WWU) Fraser Lecture Series.

Play Poker - Support Wild Whatcom

Come raise a pint of Greenwood IPA to celebrate Jon, our community of friends and family, and raise some money for Wild Whatcom and Bellingham Youth Paddlesports.

  • Saturday, November 17, 2018

  • 6:00PM

  • Kulshan 2 - (Kulshan 2 is a 21 & over venue)

  • 1538 Kentucky St., Bellingham. View Map

Texas Hold-Em, Kulshan Beer, Poker and Costume Prizes, Kulshan Swag, Food Trucks, Fun.

Jon would love this. Getting our community together, having fun, & raising some money to support two youth groups that his girls love. Please come out, even if poker isn't your thing... Because it's not about that - it's about celebrating life. The way Jon did. As he would say... "Get Some!"

Come play, watch, or just hang out. Look forward to seeing you there.

Tickets on sale now!

Fundraiser - A Wild Thyme with Wild Whatcom

Photo Credit: Jeff Lewis

Photo Credit: Jeff Lewis

Join us Thursday, June 7, 2018 for a "wild  thyme" at Ciao Thyme as they welcome Wild Whatcom for a multi-course, fundraising dinner to celebrate the season and help raise funds to get even more Whatcom kiddos outside! Celebrate the best food the Pacific Northwest has to offer while supporting Wild Whatcom's work to better serve kids who face disadvantages in our society.

Early-bird special through April 11, 2018: $110/guest

Regular pricing begins April 12, 2018: $125/guest

Reserve your seat today! Tickets available.


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