Salish Sea Camp - Grades 5-6

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Salish Sea Camp - Grades 5-6


Session 1: June 24-28 (CANCELLED)  

Session 2: August 12-16 (FULL). Standby list available in registration.

Note: includes Thursday night overnight.

As campers growing older that means we can stretch our edges and delve deeper into the art of exploration. We're excited to offer an overnight camping experience at Deception Pass State Park where we'll learn the basics of camping and explore a bounty of exciting new locations.


Scholarship application available during registration.

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2019 Schedule

MONDAY: Arroyo Park via North Chuckanut Trailhead 9:30-4:00PM

Our local treasure in the Chuckanuts endlessly yields adventure and exploration. With Chuckanut Creek rushing through its base and the steep flanks of Chuckanut Mountain on its edge, Arroyo Park offers challenging terrain and a pristine riparian zone for spawning salmon. We’ll get to find out what this patch of wild land is up to. There are a number of ways into Arroyo Park, but we have opted for drop-off and pick-up at North Chuckanut Mountain trailhead.

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.

TUESDAY: Larrabee State Park (Clayton Beach via Lost Lake Parking Lot), 9:30-4:00PM

Connecting streams to oceans, we will explore how streams enter the ocean. Clayton beach provides many opportunities to explore forests, find fossils, climb rocks and play on giant hills of sand. 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 drive 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.

WEDNESDAY: Bakerview Beach 9:30-4:00PM 

Bakerview Beach is one of the most memorable locations we will visit during our week of explorations. Prepare for epic tide flats filled with curious creatures, mud pits, roaming streams, and wide expanses of adventure. We will hike out into the mud flats and adventure into the Nooksack Delta.

Bring your swimsuit and a pair of water shoes that have a heel and are closed-toed so they won't come off. That mud is thick! Hats, sunglasses, extra water and sunscreen will also be key on this outing! Parents make sure to bring a change of clothes and protection for the inside of your car (a large garbage bag works)-- it will be a messy day!

Drop-off and Pick-up: From downtown Bellingham, drive down Holly Street to Eldridge Avenue. Continue on Eldridge Avenue as it turns into Marine Drive. Turn left on Bancroft Road and drive for 0.1 miles. Turn right at Olympic Way. Meet at the third house on the left (1403 Olympic Way), home of The Campbell's who graciously let us use their beach access! Map.

Please note: Parking is very limited. We'll be there to meet you, so be prepared for a quick transfer.

THURSDAY: Deception Pass State Park 9:00-4:00PM Friday (overnight)

We'll say goodbye to parents and hop on the Wild Whatcom bus for a journey south to Deception Pass State Park. Before we arrive to our campsite, we'll spend the day stretching our edges at Mt. Erie. We will learn about rock climbing with Baker Mountain Guides and will then finish off the day at Deception Pass State Park. We will pitch tents, cook a meal, and go down to the beach to watch the sunset. The next day after waking, we'll journey up the coast to the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, making sure to investigate any curiosities along the way!

Drop-off and Pick-up: Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham. Directions.

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