Sculpins

Greetings SCULPINS and families! Thank you for the strong finish to your second year in Explorers Club. You all have grown immensely as individuals and we are excited to continue our explorations and see how you will grow as a group throughout the year to come. 

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

The SCULPINS skill for this year will be the Art of Shelter I and Art of Shelter IIRead more about our BEC Skills Progression and the vital skill of being prepared with our Be Prepared ChecklistOur 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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OUTING #1: Saturday, September 15, 10:00AM-3:00PM
TRAVERSE: Blodel Donovan to Whatcom Falls Park

On this outing, we will have an opportunity to follow one of Whatcom County's most important and historically relevant waterways from its source at Lake Whatcom. We will follow it downstream to its cascades and deep pools in Whatcom Falls Park. We may have an opportunity to do some wading, so be sure to pack your water shoes, a towel and an extra set of dry clothes!.

Drop-off Directions: From I-5, take Lakeway Drive east. Turn left onto Electric Ave. Follow this road for approximately 1 mile. The Bloedel Donovan Park will be on your right. Click here for the Google Map destination.

Pick-up Directions: Head East on Lakeway Dr for 1.5 miles from I5. Turn Left on Silver Beach Rd. Drive .4 miles to parking lot. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #2: Sunday, October 7, 10:00AM-2:00PM
SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our official EC restoration site has changed dramatically in the last four 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, October 28, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Exploration: 
Lake Padden East Entrance (Golf Course/Dog Park Entrance)

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!

Directions: Drive south on Samish Way for 2.4 miles.Turn right onto Lakeshore Dr (golf course/dog park entrance). Continue to the end of the road by the dog park. Map.


OUTING #4: Sunday, December 9, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: North Chuckanut Mountain 

Located just south of Bellingham, the Chuckanut Mountains are a rare and amazing gem for our community. Offering endless trails, expansive ravines and hillsides, lush forests, and even habitat that is home to larger animals, such as cougars and bears. Hopefully, we can even catch a glimpse of a returning Chum salmon on their way upstream to spawn! Explorations here are always exciting!

Directions: From Fairhaven head south on Chuckanut Dr.. Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” You're here! Map.

OUTING #5: Saturday, January 12, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Fragrance Lake

Heading up from the Fragrance Lake trailhead, we’ll soon cross the Interurban Trail, the route of an old trolleyline from Bellingham, then plunge into a thick, twilit forest of 100-year-old firs, cedars, and hemlocks among a carpet of Sword ferns that rival the size of an Arthurian broadsword. If we don’t make it all the way to the lake, it’ll likely because we’ve taken the spur out to the view site or enjoyed a sit spot listening to the “chip, chip” of Pacific wrens no bigger than my thumb competing with the rubber-mouse-like squeak of chipmunks and squirrels.

Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. from Fairhaven for 5.5 miles.The parking lot for Lost Lake/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.

CANCELLED: 
OUTING #6: Saturday, February 9, 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 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 #7: Sunday, March 10, 10:00AM-2:00PM
SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our official EC restoration site has changed dramatically in the last four 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 14, 10:00AM-3:00PM 
TRAVERSE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site to Marine Park

We have already explored at Lake Padden and traversed the Padden Gorge section of Padden Creek. Now, we will have an opportunity to follow Padden Creek from one of its tributaries, Connelly Creek, at our service site all the way to its eventual outflow into Bellingham Bay. Along the way we will explore the riparian zone and creek alike. We will also get to see firsthand how the Padden Creek Daylighting project is coming along; a great place to start conversations about how our cities and natural places rely on and impact each other.

Drop-offFrom 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.

Pick-upHeading south on I-5 take the Old Fairhaven Parkway exit. Take a right onto Old Fairhaven Parkway and drive for 1.3 miles. Continue onto Donovan Ave and then onto 10th Street. Turn Left onto Harris Ave. and continue for .4 of a mile. Take your first left after the train tracks and drive .1 of a mile until reaching Marine Park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Rescheduled OUTING #6: Sunday, April 28, 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 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 #9: Sunday, June 2, 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.
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