Our Story

"At Wild Whatcom, kids don’t just learn about the earth, they experience it with wonder." –Parent, Wild Whatcom Participant

It all started in 2004 when one mother began to regularly guide her children and their friends along the beaches and forest trails throughout Whatcom County. Their shared inquiry, discovery, and play naturally materialized into the community-centered outdoor education programs of Wild Whatcom. Our programs grew over the next decade and in 2011 we were officially designated a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

Today, we serve hundreds of children and families in a variety of year-round programs. The inspiration to develop ecological stewards and empowered leaders infuses our curriculum with deep, connected learning about self and place. Life and leadership skills are nurtured alongside naturalist skills to build high quality, healthy relationships with self, others, and the earth. As families and friends exchange stories of amazing adventures and personal growth, requests for our programs continue.

Our goal is to serve and meet the needs of our community. We work hard to ensure accessible and outstanding programs for a diverse audience and are committed to transformative education, community engagement, and sound business practices.

Meet our team.


Recognized in 2015 by The North Face Explore Fund for our achievements inspiring the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists.

Named by Outside Magazine in 2013 as one of the top 5 summer camp experiences for children.