Salamander Efts

For Parents and Explorers:

The Salamander Efts made many strides as a group during the Fall season. Coming together as a group they were tasked with setting up tarps, learning new knots, and working together to accomplish whatever task they are given. They will carry this momentum into the Spring season as they delve into the Art of Tracking and Bird Language. Stepping away from some of the harder skills of camping and bush craft, the Salamander Efts will slow things down and focus on the minutia of the natural world and all that it can tell them. Before we look ahead to Spring, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the Salamander Eft's Blog Posts to refresh your memory.

Taking advantage of the changing seasons the Salamander Efts are going to tap into all of their senses to take the next step into understanding the natural world. Analyzing the fine details of a canid track, listening to the chorus of bird species awakening from a long winter or returning from the sunny south, even smelling the scent of freshly blooming flowers. No matter what our senses pick up, we can learn something about the world around us. Despite our new focus on the natural world, this group will still be called upon to draw on lessons learned from past seasons whether that means coming to a consensus or setting up a tarp to get out of a Spring shower. Everything we have learned will continue to help us make the most of our outings and add to our wealth of knowledge and aid the growth of a group that is truly coming into their own. 
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.

Salamander Efts Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Tim & Conor

Sunday, March 13th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Exploration: Deming Homestead Eagle Park and Nooksack Exploration

(Can make stop at IGA on the way out)

We will pile into Stubbs and head out Mt Baker Highway to the Eagle Preserve and beyond. We’ll check out the mighty North Fork and perhaps even venture further. There is 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. 

Driving Directions: From I-5, drive south on S. Samish Way for 0.8 miles. Click here for the Google Map Destination

Saturday, April 16th, 10:00AM to 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, May 14th, 10:00AM to 2:00PM
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 5th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Exploration: Lake Padden

We will venture to this popular Bellingham hangout and explore the little known treasures that surround it off trail.  From ponds to creeks, fungus to foliage, we’re bound for discovery… and possibly a jump in the lake.

Directions: Drive south on S. Samish Way for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Lakeshore Dr (golf course entrance). Continue to the end of the road. We will meet at the south end of the lake near the dog park. Click here for the Google Map Destination.