Jumping Mice

Congratulations JUMPING MICE on a strong finish to your third year in Explorers Club. Thank you for your growth, courage, play, and skill building. You have answered the call to Stretch Your Edge and grow into the wider world of exploration with us. We're excited to continue the journey with you!

Before we look ahead to our 2018-19 year, let's look behind and see where we've been. Please take a moment and revisit the JUMPING MICE blog posts to refresh your memory. 

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JUMPING MICE skill for 2018-19 will be the Art of WIlderness Travel and Art of Fire. 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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Jumping Mice 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Sunday, September 16, 10:00AM-3:00PM

TRAVERSE: Civic Field to Blodel Donovan


From waterfalls and natural sandstone sculptures, to pools teeming with crayfish and otters, to acres of mysterious woodland, we’ll imitate the salmon as we traverse Bellingham’s iconic Whatcom Creek. Just off trail, where surprisingly few go, is a natural wonderland in the heart of Bellingham. We will follow the creek, hop into the forest, and see what we can find.

Drop-off Directions: Take Lakeway Drive east to Puget St. Turn left and continue to the parking lot at the intersection of Puget and Fraser Streets. Click here for the Google Map destination

Pick up Directions: From I-5, take Lakeway Drive east. Turn left onto Electric Ave. The park will be on your right. Click here for the Google Map destination

OUTING #2: Sunday, October 7, 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: Saturday, November 3, 9:00AM-4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Nooksack River

On this outing, we will take one of our trusty Wild Whatcom busses out Highway 542 in search of animal tracks on the sandy banks of the North Fork of the Nooksack River. Our mentors know of a couple spots; we will adjust to conditions at the time to find a suitable place to practice plaster casting. Past groups have found coyote, mink, heron, eagle and even bear tracks on the banks of the Nooksack; what will we find together?

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 #4: Saturday, December 8, 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 #5: Sunday, January 6, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Lake Padden

Lake Padden is a local gem with all kinds of mysteries hidden in its sandstone folds: giant cedars in a secret sanctuary, trillium, oyster mushrooms, raptors, crayfish, and much more. It's a great spot to play some epic games and enjoy the end of our fall season.

Directions: Drive south on S. Samish Way for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Lakeshore Dr (golf course entrance). Continue to the end of the road. We will meet at the south end of the lake near the dog park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #6: Sunday, February 3, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Clayton Beach/Lost Lake Trailhead

Clayton Beach is an area filled with mystery. Its sandstone coastline offers endless exploration of vast intertidal zones and Eelgrass meadows teeming with life. The beach however is not the only treasure this location has to offer. There are waterfalls and creeks to roam, Madrona and Salal laden bluffs to lookout from, and great locations for games of Spider's Web! 

Driving Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach/Lost Lake is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #7: Saturday, March 9, 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: Sunday, April 28, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Old Growth Forest at Mile Marker 44

This spot of old growth is complete magic. It is sure to inspire awe as we walk among beings far older than we can experientially wrap our minds around. We’ll get to see what happens and who grows when a forest is left intact and untouched by logging or modern development.

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 #9: Sunday, June 2, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Rock Trail


The Rock Trail trail is carved out of the steep, rugged hillside connecting the top of Cleator Road to the South Lost Lake Trail. This is one of the Chuckanut's newest trails offering steep climbs, gorgeous views, and a peek at our area's fascinating geology. 100-foot high sandstone cliffs pocked by little holes and large caves, enormous mossy boulders, and handmade staircases and bridges are just of few of the exciting wonders that await us. If we have time we might even make it to Lost Lake!


Driving Directions: From I-5, Take exit #250 and turn right onto Fairhaven Pkwy. Go to second stoplight. Turn left on SR 11/Chuckanut Dr for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto 12th st. for .1 of a mile. 12th st. becomes Chuckanut Dr. Follow for 3.6 miles. Turn left onto Hi Line Road. Follow until it turns into Cleator Road at .6 of a mile. Then continue an additional 3.5 miles all the way to the top/end of the road! Map.


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