Jumping Mice

For Parents and Explorers:

Congratulations, JUMPING MICE, on completing your first season in Explorers Club! Thank you, Explorers, for your humor, sensitivity to others, play, and willingness to learn. 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 back to that exciting first season. Take a moment and revisit the Jumping Mice blog posts to refresh your memory.

We'll begin our Spring 2016 season by returning to North Galbraith, which we didn’t get to explore in December thanks to a windy forecast. Next, we’ll explore Sehome Arboretum, that gem in the center of Bellingham where we might climb the watch tower, examine vertical rock walls that show the underlying geology of Sehome Hill and perhaps enjoy a sit spot in the Quiet Rocks area.

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 finish up with an exploration at Clayton Beach. According to The Mountaineers’ web site, “Enjoy honeycombed sandstone, wind-sculpted rocks, coastal birds, tide-pool critters at low tide and views of San Juan islands. The beach, during low tide, is great for exploring and photographing the rich sea life.”

The Jumping Mice’ 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 here. Being Prepared is also a vital skill. Click here for a link to the EC Equipment List.

Jumping Mice Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Brian & Bobby

Friday, March 11th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: North Galbraith Mountain Trailhead

You would be forgiven for thinking of mountain biking when you hear Galbraith Mountain. At Boys Explorers Club, however, we see this treasure a little differently. We don’t ride the jumps, we RUN them! we don’t follow the trails; we abandon them for the great games courses and natural wonder; we quiet ourselves to listen to the land while others thrill to the heart-pounding buzz. Our Fall 2015 exploration didn’t happen because of a forecast of high winds. We’ll get ‘er done this time!

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.

Friday, April 29th, 10:00-3:00pm 
Traverse: Sehome Arboretum (Lower Parking Lot)

Suppose you wanted to see Elderberry, Oceanspray and Indian Plum shrubs. Oh, and Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Bigleaf Maple trees (some second growth). Oh, and you say you want views of Bellingham and the bay? Ah, but you only have a few hours to take all this in. Where would you go? Well, I don’t know about you, but the Jumping Mice are going to Sehome Arboretum where we’ll hope to accomplish all these things and to play a few games along the way. How cool is that?

Drop-off Directions: Drive up Bill McDonald Pkwy Towards WWU. Turn right to 25th Street. Take a slight right toward the Arboretum and find parking immediately on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: Drive up Bill McDonald Pkwy Towards WWU. Turn right to 25th Street. Take a slight right toward the Arboretum and drive all of the way to the end of the road. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, May 15th, 10:30-2:30pm 
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 of the residents on Wilson Street. We apologize for any 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

Saturday, June 11th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Clayton Beach

As this will be the Jumping Mice’ first visit to Clayton Beach as a group, I expect their challenge will involve deciding where to start in this natural playground. Several, no doubt, will be tempted by the rocks, with their honeycomb weathered edifices screaming out to be climbed. Others may opt to build a driftwood fort. Many explorers have gotten absorbed in the pleasures of beach combing. Whatever is decided, it’s pretty certain the boys will leave that day with a sense of wonder on their faces and in their hearts.

Driving Directions: Drive South on Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven, for 5.5 miles. The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance, on the left hand side. Click here for the Google Map Destination.