Mountain Goats

Congratulations MOUNTAIN GOATS on completing your first season of Boys Explorers Club (BEC)! 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)!


Please note: this group meets primarily on Bellingham Public Schools Early Release Thursday!


Before we look ahead, let's look behind and see where we've been. Please take a moment and revisit the MOUNTAIN GOATS blog posts from last season.


The Mountain Goats will spend their fall season working on the Art of Carving. They had an introduction last spring, and now it is time to dig deeper. Their Earth Skills Focus for their spring season will be the Art of Harvest!


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.


Lead Mentor Contact Info
  • Joey Christianson  |  (425) 281-8255  |  joey@wildwhatcom.org


Mountain Goats 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Thursday, September 20, 1:30PM-7:30pm
EXPLORATION: Whatcom Falls Park

We'll explore Bellingham's famous and prized watershed: Whatcom Creek. Depending on how much it has rained (or is raining!), it is likely that we'll spend time at the old bridge and the falls. There are also some little nooks and corners of this park in which we can find shelter or play games. Explorers may learn another backbone EC game, Spider's Web. The forest is as inspiring as it is dark this time of year

Directions: Drive east on Lakeway Dr.. Turn left on Silver Beach Rd. at the traffic signal. Follow the road to the parking lot in front of the playground, picnic shelter, and fish ponds. Map.

OUTING #2: Sunday, October 21, 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: Thursday, November 1, 1:30PM-4:30PM

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: Thursday, December 6, 1:30PM-4:30PM
EXPLORATION: North Galbraith Mountain

Galbraith isn’t just good for mountain biking, but exploring as well! Come prepared for adventure and discovery as we pick a location and navigate our way through this local forestland. Of course, there will be time for some games, challenges, and open exploration. Let’s see what we can find out there! 

Driving 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 #5: Saturday, January 5, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve is roughly 370 acres that house the headwaters of Austin and Beaver Creeks. We are excited to continue to venture out into it's wild spaces and learn more about this place. Together, we'll explore the trails this preserve has to offer, including a 2.2-mile loop, viewpoint trail that offers a stunning vistas of Lake Whatcom, a waterfall loop, and a eight mile service road that climbs the flanks of Lookout Mountain.

Driving Directions: From Bellingham, take Lakeway Drive East for 3 miles. Continue for another .5 miles as it turns into Terrace Ave and then Cable Street. Take a right on Austin Street, Austin becomes Lake Louise Rd follow for 3.3 miles. Destination will be on the right.  Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #6: Thursday, February 7, 1:30-5:30PM
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: Sunday, March 3, 10:00AM-2:00PM
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, March 24, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Deming Homestead Eagle Park

We will hop onto the Wild Whatcom bus and head out the Mount Baker Highway to the Deming Homestead Eagle Park and beyond. We’ll check out the mighty North Fork of the Nooksack River and perhaps even venture further. There will be some amazing tracking in the silty river banks, spectacular river vistas, and stunning wildlife in store for us. We’ll balance exploration, skills, and play in this 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.

OUTING #9: Thursday, April 25, 1:30PM-7:30PM

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 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.

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