Gray Wolf Pups

For Parents and Explorers:

The Gray Wolf Pups are primed for an exciting Spring season after honing their focus through carving and exploring the forests of Fall. In the wind, rain, and ever encroaching darkness the Gray Wolf Pups finished The Art of Carving 2 demonstrating awareness and focus while using their knives as tools. After a whole year of carving it is now time for the Gray Wolf Pups to delve into the Art of Navigation Before we look ahead to Spring, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the gray Wolf Pup's Blog Posts to refresh your memory.

As we travel around Whatcom County we will navigate using map and compass, by making our own scout maps, and perhaps even creating a song line or two to learn how many aboriginal peoples used to navigate. Throughout the season the Gray Wolf Pups will develop their spatial and directional awareness that will aid them in reading and navigating any landscape they will encounter. Additionally they will continue developing their ever growing group cohesion and ability to come to a consensus as a group.

The Gray Wolf Pup's skill for spring will be the Art of Navigation. 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 hereBeing Prepared is also a vital skill. Click here for a link to the EC Equipment List.

Gray Wolf Pups' Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Tim & Brian

Sunday, March 6th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
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.

Saturday, March 26th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
: 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.

Saturday, May 7th, 10:30AM to 2:30PM
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. 

Sunday, June 12th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Exploration: Whatcom Falls Park

This 241 acre park has so much to offer! From waterfalls and natural sandstone sculptures, to pools teeming with crayfish and otters, to acres of mysterious woodland. 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.

Driving 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.