Barnacles

Congratulations BARNACLES on completing your first season of Explorers Club (EC)! We appreciate your willingness to play and connect with each other and the natural world. We look forward to building on our collaboration and compromise skills as we move into our second year in Explorers Club (EC)!


The BARNACLES skill focus for this year will be Art of Navigation and the Art of Bird Language. Read more about our EC Skills Progression and the vital skill of being prepared with our Be Prepared Checklist. Our Earth Skills Journey will lead Explorers down a path that will lay a firm foundation of craftsmanship, wilderness living, and deep naturalist connection.



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Barnacles 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Saturday, September 8, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Clayton Beach

We’ll ramble down this wooded trail in the EC way, noticing nature, moving slowly, and seeing things with new eyes. We’ll make friendships with plants and trees along the trail, eating some and making face paint with others! By building trust through trust walks and following hidden trails, we'll begin to discover all the ways we can explore our connections to nature and one another.

Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. from Fairhaven for 5.5 miles.The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance (left hand side of road). We'll aim for a quick-turnaround at drop-off and pick-up. NOTE: Washington state requires a DISCOVER PASS if you'll be parking. Map.


OUTING #2: Saturday, October 13, 10:30AM-2:30PM
SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our official EC Restoration Site has changed dramatically in the last three and a half years. Blackberries that were once well over head-high have been chopped down to nothing and many of their persistent roots have been dug out. Hundreds of pounds of trash has been removed, the reed canary grass has been covered with bark mulch, native species are beginning to be planted on the banks of the creek, and the alder are growing markedly faster than our Explorers. 

The most exciting news is that for the first time in about 80 years the salmon have returned! Now those returning salmon are really going to need our help if they are going to lay eggs. We'll focus on providing just the right environment for a vibrant and happy northwest stream. With the help of Bellingham City Parks and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), we are making a real, positive impact on our land. Please take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Map.

OUTING #3: Saturday, November 3, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: North Galbraith

We’ll check out a patch of wilderness with an interesting living history. We’ll explore the various trails, do some authentic navigation, play plenty of games, and consider the role of people in this land. We’ll use our Art of Wandering Skills to navigate Galbraith. Come prepared for adventure and discovery as we pick a location and navigate our way through it. Of course, there will be time for some games, challenges, and open exploration. Let’s see what we can find out there.

Directions: Drive East on Lakeway Dr from I-5 for approximately 2 miles. Turn right on Birch St and continue to the end of the road 0.3 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


OUTING #4: Sunday, December 9, 10:00AM-3:00PM

SKILLS: Plant ID at Arroyo Park


Have you ever talked to a plant? If you have, then you know that plants have a great deal to share with their friends. Plants provide us with food, shelter, tools, and medicines, among many other things. But if we are only just beginning to learn the ways of plants, where do we even start? We'll begin by asking the same question that we do whenever we make new friends: What's your name? On this very special outing, the group will begin to learn how to distinguish the most prominent trees, ferns, and fruit bearing plants in our area. In outings to come, we will use this knowledge to learn about the medicines, foods, and tools that all come from our plant friends.


Driving Directions: Arroyo Park is located on Old Samish Highway between 32nd Street and Chuckanut Drive. There are two small parking areas along Old Samish Highway. Mentors will be waiting and waving at the west parking area. Click here for the Google Map location.


OUTING #5: Sunday, January 27, 10:00AM-3:00PM

EXPLORATION: Fairhaven Park Winter Games


Get ready for games, games, games! One of the key skills we believe young children need is an activated imagination; today is a day to really focus on the Art of Play. We'll play much loved Explorers Club nature-themed games, learn plenty of new ones, and perhaps come up with some new games as we go. As always, we'll practice leadership skills that build executive function, like active listening and collaborative decision-making (and play itself!) and finish our day tired, full of giggles, and more connected as a group.


Driving Directions:  From I-5, take the Old Fairhaven Parkway exit (250).  Head west on Old Fairhaven Parkway toward Fairhaven. Turn L on 12th St/Chuckanut Drive. Turn L into the Fairhaven Park Entrance. Turn R into the first parking lot. Click here for the Google Map location.


CANCELLED:

OUTING #6: Saturday, February 9, 10:00AM-3:00PM

EXPLORATION: Tennant Lake


This exploration will take us to the 360-acre Tennant Lake wetland area. Here we’ll navigate our way through cattails and along meandering boardwalk above this aquatic habitat learning about the importance of the peat-bog lake for the 150 species of birds that have been observed at the in the wildlife area. If we have time we can also explore the sandy banks of the Nooksack River.  


Driving Directions: Go N on I-5. Take W Axton Rd/Main Street Ferndale Exit 262. Go west (R) on Main Street ½ mile, turn left onto Hovander Road at railroad underpass then right on Nielsen Ave. Follow signs to Tennant Lake Interpretive Center (end of Nielsen Ave). Meet at the Tennant Lake parking area. Click here for the Google Map location



OUTING #7: Saturday, March 16, 10:30AM-2:30PM

SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park


Our official EC Restoration Site has changed dramatically in the last three and a half years. Blackberries that were once well over head-high have been chopped down to nothing and many of their persistent roots have been dug out. Hundreds of pounds of trash has been removed, the reed canary grass has been covered with bark mulch, native species are beginning to be planted on the banks of the creek, and the alder are growing markedly faster than our Explorers.


The most exciting news is that for the first time in about 80 years the salmon have returned! Now those returning salmon are really going to need our help if they are going to lay eggs. We'll focus on providing just the right environment for a vibrant and happy northwest stream. With the help of Bellingham City Parks and Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), we are making a real, positive impact on our land. Please take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site.


Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Map.



OUTING #8: Saturday, April 13, 10:00AM - 3:00PM

SKILLS: Edible Plants in the SW 100 Acre Woods


On this day, we’ll explore some of the gifts that plants offer and learn how to make use of our green friends in tasty ways! We’ll hike into the 100 Acre Wood, pausing to put on our "owl eyes" and talk about how plants can both help and hurt us, and how to know the difference. We'll learn to always "make sure you meet before you eat", and then begin meeting all sorts of plants, seeking, in particular, the noble nettle. After we find a sizable patch, we’ll learn how to harvest nettle safely and respectfully, and bundle and dry it for use at home. We’ll also learn more about another disliked plant, dandelion, and the gifts it offers, as well as bleeding heart, trillium, licorice fern, and much more. One of our EC mottos is "We're All Teachers", and that includes plants too! The plants we meet will teach us some surprising lessons, as we play the wild and crazy

Nettle Game and sing the Dandelion song. Our snacks may consist of dandelion fritters, creamy nettle soup, nettle tea, nettle pesto, dandelion salad. Yum!


Directions: Drive Chuckanut Drive past Fairhaven Park. The road ascends and intersects with Viewcrest at the top of the hill. We will meet there. There is a small bit of parking on the left (east) side of the road, but we will plan to also meet participants on the right (west) side and walk them across. Carpooling encouraged.



OUTING #9: Saturday, May 11, 10:00AM-3:00PM

EXPLORATION: N. Lake Whatcom


Lake Whatcom gives us lots of gifts, and on this day we'll experience many of them as we explore the North Lake Whatcom Trail. Explorers' inspiration, mentors' teachings, and nature's surprises will direct our wanderings and pace. We'll revel in autumn leaves and lake, and learn about how these waters give to us and other creatures every day. Please remember to have your explorer pack a bathing suit, extra H2O, sunscreen, and closed toe watershoes.


Directions: Head east on Alabama St. to North Shore Drive. Take a left onto Northshore Drive. Continue on Northshore Drive 7.2 miles, until it becomes Northshore Road. Drive .05 mile until you reach the North Lake Whatcom trailhead entrance on your left. This is a bit of a drive, so carpooling is suggested. Plan on driving 25 minutes from downtown Bellingham.

RESCHEDULED: OUTING #6: Saturday, June 8th, 10:00AM-3:00PM

EXPLORATION: Tennant Lake


This exploration will take us to the 360-acre Tennant Lake wetland area. Here we’ll navigate our way through cattails and along meandering boardwalk above this aquatic habitat learning about the importance of the peat-bog lake for the 150 species of birds that have been observed at the in the wildlife area. If we have time we can also explore the sandy banks of the Nooksack River.  


Driving Directions: Go N on I-5. Take W Axton Rd/Main Street Ferndale Exit 262. Go west (R) on Main Street ½ mile, turn left onto Hovander Road at railroad underpass then right on Nielsen Ave. Follow signs to Tennant Lake Interpretive Center (end of Nielsen Ave). Meet at the Tennant Lake parking area. Click here for the Google Map location



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