Cave Dwellers

Congratulations
 CAVE DWELLERS on completing another year of Explorers Club! We are excited to find more adventure with you as you embark on your second to last Explorers Club year.  Before we look ahead to the 2018-19 program year, let's look back at your broadening history as a cohort. Take a moment and revisit the CAVE DWELLERS blog posts to refresh your memory. 

Thank you for your courage to Stretch Your Edges as individuals and as a group, and for your care of the land. We're excited to continue to explore, serve, and connect with you! 

CAVE DWELLERS are now eligible to sign up as an Explorers Mentoring Apprentice (EMA)An EMA is someone who has decided to take a more overt role of mentor in their community. EMA's are introduced to mentoring techniques such as leading from behind, risk assessment, skill sharing, game facilitation, group leadership, and micro and macro guiding. 

The CAVE DWELLERS skills for the 2018-19 year will be the Art of Fire and the Art of Fire by Friction. Read more about our BEC Skills Progression and the vital skill of being prepared with our Be Prepared Checklist. Our Earth Skills Journey will lead the Explorers down a path that will lay a firm foundation of craftsmanship, wilderness living, and deep naturalist connection.


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Cave Dwellers 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Saturday, September 15,  9:00AM - 4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Ridley Creek

We'll meet at our Wild Whatcom bus bright and early in order to get on the road and out to a long day-hike. If we are well-prepared and ready to hike then we'll have enough time to get all the way up to the subalpine meadows of Mazama Park. Lupine, moraines, babbling brooks, wildflowers, and talus fields await our long climb. We'll have up close and personal views of the north side of Mt. Baker and the Black Buttes, this location is sure to impress.

Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

OUTING #2: Saturday, October 20, 9:30AM-1:30PM
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: Sunday, November 4, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Stewart Mountain


Will we decide to take the Hertz trail which is situated between the base of Stewart Mountain and the shores of Lake Whatcom? Or do we head up the Chantrelle Trail and toward west-facing vistas and quality offtrail exploration? This large piece of managed forest provides opportunities for games, tracking black bears and exploring hidden creek drainages. Stewart Mountain's watershed is a living example of how, with some careful preservation and stewardship, an ecosystem can recover from being logged a century ago.

 

Directions: From downtown, take Cornwall Ave. north for 1 mile. Turn right onto Alabama St. and drive for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Northshore Dr. and follow it for 7.2 miles. Turn left onto Northshore Rd.. The trailhead will be in your left in .5 miles. Map.


OUTING #4: Sunday, December 2, 10:00AM-3:00PM

SHOWDOWN: Games Day with the Short-tailed Weasels, Lookout Mountain

We will meet the Short-tailed Weasels group for some friendly competition during which we will work both together and against each other. It’s possible that we’ll play "Life and Death in the Forest" and set up an epic game of "Spider's Web" or "Ripple Through the Forest." Mentors may even have a couple of tricks up their sleeves too. :) Be prepared with your best stealth and camouflage skills!

Directions: From Bellingham, take Lakeway Dr. east for 3 miles. Continue for another .5 miles as it turns into Terrace Ave. and then Cable St.. Take a right on Austin St., which becomes Lake Louise Rd. Follow for 3.3 miles. Trailhead parking lot will be on the right. Map

OUTING #5: Sunday, January 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM
SKILL: Larrabee State Park - Coal Blowing


We will gather at a campsite at Larrabee State Park to have a campfire in order to create some spoons and bowls using a technique called coal blowing. This will be a great time to check in with the group and spend some down time around the fire.

Driving Directions: Head South on Chuckanut Dr. for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Follow the road to the left and meet in the day use parking. NOTE: WASHINGTON STATE REQUIRES A DISCOVERY PASS FOR PARKING. TO AVOID A TICKET, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASS. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


OUTING #6: Sunday, February 24, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Locust Beach


Locust Beach is a real gem.  Prepare for epic tide flats filled with curious creatures, mud pits, roaming streams, and wide expanses of adventure. We may even find the mystical "Earthkeeper's Den" as we traverse the water's edge. Bring your water shoes and swimsuits. Parents make sure to have a towel ready for your really muddy Explorer!


Driving Directions: Head northwest on Eldridge Ave from the corner of Broadway Ave for 1.2 miles. Continue onto Marine Dr for .8 miles. Turn Left onto Locust Ave, continue for 272 ft. and park on the left. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


OUTING #7: Saturday, March 23, 9:30AM-1:30PM
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 27, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Clayton Beach

There is just so much to do here!  There are forests to explore, fossils to find, rocks to climb, giant hills of sand to play on, plus all the awesome plants and animals that call this area home. Where we go and what we do is determined by our curiosity.

Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, 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. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #9: Saturday, June 1, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Racehorse Falls

139 vertical feet of cascading water. A deep fold of Chuckanut Sandstone. A momentous flash flood in 2009.  Fossilized relics from an Eocene River delta. All this comes together to create a magnificent exploration. Given that it is spring and we are headed to north cascades foothills, it should go without saying that we should be prepared for chilly and wet weather!  It should be a grand adventure!

Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

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