Roosevelt Elk Calves

Greetings
ROOSEVELT ELK CALVES families, what a great fall season we had! Over the course of the season we had many adventures and furthered our bond and commitment as a group. You have answered our call to Stretch your Edge and we are excited for you to continue this journey this Spring.

Before we look ahead, let's look behind and see where we've been.
Please take a moment and revisit the Roosevelt Elk Calves' blog posts to refresh your memory on our previous season.

Our first outing will be at Stimpson Nature Preserve. This location has some of the largest Western red Cedars and Douglas firs in the county as well as a rich marshland habitat for beavers, water birds, amphibians, and other creatures.

On second outing 
will be an exploration to North Lake Whatcom Trailhead. Walking along the railroad grade on the north shore we'll pass by towering Douglas Fir as we explore the many creek drainages that run up the flanks Stewart Mountain. 

For our third outing of the season, 
we'll join with the larger EC community by continuing service at our adopted site at Connelly Creek. 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 will wrap up our season with an outing to Clayton Beach. With a little luck we will have low tides and abundant Eelgrass meadow exploration. Once we have thoroughly combed the beach we will find a place among the rocks and the Shore Pines to get quiet and listen to the birds and waves. 

The Roosevelt Elk Calves skill for this season is the Art Carving II. This Spring our Explorers will continue 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. 

Roosevelt Elk Calves Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Tim & Conor

Saturday, February 27th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Stimpson Nature Reserve

We debated about this location, as it requires about a 5 mile drive from downtown Bellingham. But it is such an amazing spot, and we really have not explored more than just a few hundred yards. We'll set our sights on checking out the full loop and discovering just how many distinctly different zones Stimpson has to offer. Expect plentiful amphibians and all kinds of other young creatures skittering about. This will be a grand adventure.

Driving Directions: From Bellingham, take Lakeway Drive east for 3 miles. Continue for another 0.5 miles as it turns into Terrace Ave and then Cable Street. Take a right on Austin St and drive for 0.4 miles. Turn left on Lake Louise Rd and drive for 1.1 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Saturday, March 19th: 10:00am-3:00pm
Exploration: North Lake Whatcom Trailhead


Situated between the base of Stewart Mountain and the shore of Lake Whatcom, this trail winds through wetlands, waterfalls, and large Douglas Fir. Offering abundant swimming holes and creek drainages to follow up into Mt. Steward's watershed. This land is a living example of how, with some careful preservation and stewardship, an ecosystem can recover from being logged a century ago.

Driving Directions: Take exit 255 for WA-542 E/Sunset Dr. toward Mt Baker. Take the 1st right onto Barkley Blvd for 2.5 miles. Turn right on Britton Rd for 0.2 of a mile. Then turn left onto Northshore Dr. for 6.4 miles. Please note that the road name changes to Northshore Rd. Turn left to stay on Northshore Rd. for 0.6 of a mile eventually arriving at the destination, North Lake Whatcom Trailhead. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Sunday, April 24th, 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 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.

Saturday, May 21st, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Clayton Beach

Clayton Beach is an area filled with mystery. Its sandstone coastline offers endless exploration of vast intertidal zones and Eelgrass meadows teeming with life. The beach however is not the only treasure this location has to offer. There are waterfalls and creeks to roam, Madrona and Salal laden bluffs to lookout from, and great locations for games of Spider's Web!

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.