Townsend's Chipmunks

Congratulations
 
TOWNSEND'S CHIPMUNKS
 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 our 2018-19 year, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the TOWNSEND'S CHIPMUNKS 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! 

TOWNSEND'S CHIPMUNKS 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. 

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
Townsend's Chipmunks 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Saturday, September 22, 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 #2: Sunday, October 14, 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 #3: Saturday, November 17 10:00AM-3:00PM
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!

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. Map.

OUTING #4: Saturday, December 8th, 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 #5: Saturday, January 26, 10:00AM-3:00PM
TRAVERSE: Chuckanut Ridge Traverse

This journey along Chuckanut Ridge is a great hike through the heart of the Chuckanuts. We'll start where "Dan's Traverse Tail" meets Cleator Road about 1.7 miles up the windy, mountain road. Then we'll connect to the "Chuckanut Ridge Trail" and the "Lost Lake Trail" which will take us north, past great views, and an abundance of healthy forest. There is nothing quite like traipsing through a natural setting with a group of close friends to revitalize the soul. We should cover four miles or so, so eat a big breakfast and be ready to hike!

Drop-Off: Drive 3.8 miles down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto Hiline Rd and continue on Cleator Road. Drive up Cleator Road for approximately 1.7 miles-- it's 1 mile to the hairpin turn and another 0.7 miles to our trailhead. Our Google Map Destination is a little bit short... you'll have to drive for another 1.2 miles past here.

Pick-Up: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy. Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #6: Saturday, March 2, 9:00AM-4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Welcome Bridge River Access

We will hop on the bus and head out on Hwy 542 toward Mt Baker. Before we get too far along, we will turn off of the main highway and head toward an access point on the North Fork of the Nooksack River. We can explore the alternately cobbley and sandy shoreline of this main water conduit through our coastal rainforest ecosystem or head into the alder and salmonberry thickets that inhabit the riparian zone nearby. This is also a great spot to observe bald eagles scavenging, hunting and soaring! No matter where we end up going after we park the bus, be sure to pack plenty of food and water for our extended time 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 #7: Saturday
, March 23 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: Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM 
SHOWDOWN: Games Day with the Roosevelt Elk Calves, Lookout Mountain

We will meet the Roosevlet Elk Calves 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 #9: Sunday, May 19, 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

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