For Parents and Explorers:

Congratulations ALEVIN on a amazing fall season. Thank you, Explorers, 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 Spring, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the Alevin's Blog Posts to refresh your memory.

We'll begin our Spring 2016 season on the Boys EC's first ever exploration of the Rock Trail. Climbing the steep trail the group will explore the Sandstone formations and spectacular vistas. Our second outing will be a skill focus. Climbing aboard Moose we'll head back to Lizard Lake where we'll use the campground space to practice our Fire by Friction craft. 

For our third outing, we'll join with the larger EC community by continuing service at our adopted Connelly Creek Service Site. This is a great opportunity to connect to the land and to our community by putting our energy into restoring balance to the plant-life in the area and creating suitable salmon habitat. Please, take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site. We'll close the season with an exploration at Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve. This outing too will be a Alevin's first ever to this preserve. With waterfalls, a vast maze of mixed use logging lands, and viewpoints of Lake Whatcom this location is sure to be a hit! 

The Alevin's skill for spring will be to continue on their journey towards the Art of Fire By Friction. Don't forget to check out our newly developed Boys EC Skills Progression. This progression will lead the Explorers on a Earth Skills Journey that will lay a firm foundation of craftsmanship, wilderness living, and deep naturalist connection. To read more about our new Boys EC Skills Progression please click here. Being Prepared is also a vital skill. Click here for a link to the EC Equipment List.

Alevin Explorers Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Steve & Brian

Saturday, March 12th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Rock Trail via Cleator Road

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: Take exit #250 and turn right onto Fairhaven Pkwy for . 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 then follow the gravel road 3.5 miles as it turns into Cleator Road at .6 of a mile. Click here for the Google Map Destination

Saturday, April 23rd, 10:00-5:00pm
Skill: Alternate Incline to Lizard Lake (Fire by Friction II)

We will meet at the Eastern Foothills of Blanchard Mountain. Blanchard's Alternate Incline trail climbs through a beautiful second growth forest of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock until it reaches Lizard Lake. From Lizard Lake we can climb up Blanchard's north butte to a lookout, explore a series of caves near the lake, or test our navigation skills with endless off-trail exploration.

Driving Directions: Heading south on I-5, take exit 240 and turn right onto Lake Samish Road. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Barrel Springs Road for .7 miles and turn right on Blanchard Hill Trail Rd. Continue on this road past a lower trailhead with toilets and horse trailer parking area and ignore the Lilly and Lizard Lake Trailhead sign. There is another parking area further up. You will come to a junction to Road B-2000 to Samish Overlook to the left. Stay right and go north a short distance to a parking lot for the Upper Lily Lake trailhead. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Sunday, May 15th, 9:30-1:30pm
Service: Boys E.C. Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our Official Explorers Club Restoration Site has changed dramatically in the last two 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 (including large car parts and a jungle gym); a 6-foot cedar fence was “discovered” and liberated from the blackberries; 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, we are making a real positive impact on our land.

New this Season! Drop-off and Pick-up will now be at the Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside as per the request for the residents on Wilson Street. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

Driving Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street 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. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Friday, June 10th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve

Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve is roughly 370 acres that house the headwaters of Austing and Beaver Creeks. This is a new location for the Boys Explorers Club and we are excited to venture out into it's wild spaces. 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.