Storm Wolves (Grey Fox Kits)

For Parents and Explorers:

The Storm Wolves (formerly known as the Grey Fox Kits) have truly taken huge strides as a group over the past few seasons. From their continual trials with the wind and rain the forged a new name; The Storm Wolves. Not only does this new name represent their bond with inclement weather, but their transition from Fox Kits to Wolves marks a growth in character and maturity. The Storm Wolves are proficient carvers, shelter builders, kings of camouflage and familiar with countless natural phenomena. They exude camaraderie and much like a pack of wolves, can work together quickly and efficiently to accomplish whatever tasks lay before them. 

Before we look ahead to Spring, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the Storm Wolves Blog Posts to refresh your memory.

As we enter our spring season, we will continue along our BEC Skills Progression and focus on The Art of Water. Everywhere we go there are water sources to be found. So often we trick ourselves into believing the only water we can drink is the tap water out of our water bottles, but with some practice and experience we will begin to notice that our cups, figuratively and literally, overflow! The Storm Wolves will learn how to find water sources on the landscape, use water pumps to filter fresh water, fire to boil water, and even how to devise a solar still in the sand. 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.


Storm Wolves Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Tim & Peter

Sunday, February 28th, 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.


Sunday, March 20th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Exploration: 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! 

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.

 

Sunday, May 1st, 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.


Saturday, June 4th, 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Larrabee Beach Traverse to Clayton Beach


T
his traverse is one that few Explorers Club groups have done before! We will attempt to traverse the beach from Larrabee Boat Launch to Clayton Beach. If we can accomplish this goal, we will see areas of Larrabee that are not accessible by any trail.

Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. for 5 miles. Turn right into Larrabee State Park. Follow the road to the left and meet in the day use parking. NOTE: WASHINGTON STATE  REQUIRES A DISCOVERY PASS FOR PARKING. TO AVOID A TICKET, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASS. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

Pick-up Directions: We will finish our day at the Clayton Beach parking lot. 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.