New! Cascadia Adventures Camp - Grades 2-5
New! Cascadia Adventures Camp - Grades 2-5
Session: July 15-19 (CLOSED. Contact us about space availability).
Welcome to a full week of explorations in and around the greater Bellingham area. We will romp in the woods, squish through the mud, and play a variety of epic games during our explorations to get lost in play and immersed in the natural surroundings. This is a great camp for younger participants who are up for a full week of outings, but not quite ready for an overnight.
Scholarship application available during registration.
MONDAY: Larrabee State Park (Clayton Beach via Lost Lake Parking Lot)
This is the perfect place to start our week-long camp journey together! Clayton Beach provides forests to explore, fossils to find, rocks to climb and giant hills of sand to play on. Plus there are tons of awesome plants and animals that call this area home. Where we go and what we do is determined by our curiosity.
Drop-off and pick-up: From I-5 take exit 250 and head west on Old Fairhaven Parkway to Chuckanut Drive. Turn left onto Chuckanut Drive for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance on the left hand side. Map.
Reminder: A Discover Pass is required for all parking at Larrabee State Park. If you do not have a Pass, please stay with your vehicle and plan to make drop-off and pick-up quick.
TUESDAY: Arroyo Park via North Chuckanut Trailhead 9:30-4:00
A treasure of a park, this will be a day of stream and forest exploration. The group will be leading the way through the multitude of trails and possibilities that Arroyo Park provides. Little valleys provide the perfect setting for games and discovery. This forest surprises you with large Cedar and Douglas fir carpeted by moss, ferns, Oregon grape and many other friendly plants.
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 250 and drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway to Chuckanut Drive. Turn left onto Chuckanut Drive to the intersection with Old Samish Road. There will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Map.
WEDNESDAY: Fairhaven Park 9:30-4:00PM
Fairhaven Park and the nearby Hundred Acre Wood have been a Wild Whatcom stomping ground for years now. The diverse landscape, thick sword ferns, and wise cedars make one forget their proximity to town. Expect a full day of hiking, playing games, honing our awareness to the natural world, and learning to work together as a group.
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 250 and drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway to Chuckanut Drive. Turn left and follow Chuckanut Drive to the Fairhaven Park entrance. Turn right into the first parking lot. Map.
THURSDAY: Lookout Mountain 9:30-4:00
Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve is roughly 370 acres and home to creeks, waterfalls, and a deeply wild landscape full of diverse plants and wildlife. Together we'll explore the trails this preserve has to offer, including a 2.2-mile loop, a viewpoint trail that offers stunning vistas of Lake Whatcom, a waterfall loop, and an 8-mile service road that climbs the flanks of Lookout Mountain. The group will help choose the route and navigate our way through this beautiful preserve.
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 253 (Lakeway Drive) and head east on Lakeway Drive East for 3 miles. Continue for another .5 miles as it turns into Terrace Avenue and then Cable Street. Take a right on Austin Street which then becomes the Lake Louise Road. Follow for 3.3 miles and the parking lot will be on your right. Map.
FRIDAY: North Lake Whatcom 9:30-4:00
We will end our journey at the shores of the Whatcom watershed at North Lake Whatcom. To get there we will walk through a quiet forest filled with cedar and Douglas fir. We may even find some ripe berries along the way to the beach. This is a great day to wade in the cool waters that provide so much to Whatcom County.
Make sure to bring water shoes and a swimsuit if you plan on taking a dip in the lake!
Drop-off and Pick-up: From I-5 take exit 253 and drive east on Lakeway Drive. Turn left on Electric Avenue. Continue to 4-way stop at Alabama Street. Go straight at stop onto Northshore Drive for 7.2 miles. The trailhead will be on your left in 0.5 miles. Map.