Townsend's Chipmunks

Congratulations Townsend’s Chipmunks on completing your second Fall as an Explorer's Club group! You have grown both as a group and individually; you are well on your way to becoming proficient wilderness Travelers. We are excited to welcome you to a Spring season full of more adventure. Before we look ahead, let's look behind and see where we've been. Please take a moment and revisit the Townsend’s Chipmunks Blog Posts to refresh your memory,

We will open our season with an Exploration of North Chuckanut Mountain. We will marvel at giant Douglas fir, climb steep hillsides covered in lush Sword Fern and even venture toward the creek to see what life we can find there. 

For our second outing will be at the Nooksack Eagle Park. We will ride the bus out to this location for an opportunity to hone our tracking skills in the sand and silty deposits along the Nooksack River. We will explore the river, find tracks and sign, and maybe even see the animals that are leaving the tracks!

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. After completing their first full year of service here the Townsend's Chipmunks are now part of the Boys Explorers Club tradition of Serving Connelly Creek. Please, take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site.

Our final outing of the season will take place on Lookout Mountain This is a new location for us and promises to provide ample opportunities for exploration. Dense forest covers most of the mountain with sparse clearings providing great views toward Mt Baker. There is even a waterfall hidden deep in the forest! 

The Townsend’s Chipmunks' skill for this season is the Art of Tracking and Bird Language. This Spring the Townsend's Chipmunks 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. 

Townsend's Chipmunks Spring 2016 Schedule

Lead Mentors: Peter & Conor

Saturday, March 12th, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: Arroyo Park via North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead

Our local treasure in the Chuckanuts endlessly yields adventure and exploration. With Chuckanut Creek rushing through it's base and the steep flanks of Chuckanut Mountain on it's edge, Arroyo Park offers challenging terrain and a pristine riparian zone for spawning salmon. In mid-spring we’ll get to find out what this patch of wild land is up to, learning from the inhabitants and playing with them. Due to the tricky drop-off location we have opted to have parents drop-off and pick-up at North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.

Driving Directions: From Fairhaven head South on Chuckanut Hwy. Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Friday, April 29th, 10:00-4:00pm
Exploration: Deming Homestead Eagle Park

We will pile into our trusty bus Moose 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 will be 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: Heading South on I-5 take exit 250 for State 11 S/Old Fairhaven Pkwy toward Chuckanut Dr. Turn right onto Old Fairhaven Pkwy for .5 of a mile. Turn right onto 24th St for .3 of a mile. Turn right onto McKenzie Ave for .2 of a mile. Destination will be on your right. Click here for the Google Map Destination. 

Sunday, May 15th, 10:00-2:00pm
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, 10:00-3:00pm
Exploration: 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.