Black-Tailed Deer

Congratulations BLACK-TAILED DEER on a strong finish to your third year in Explorers Club. Thank you for your growth, courage, play, and skill building. 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 our 2018-19 year, let's look behind and see where we've been. Take a moment and revisit the BLACK-TAILED DEER blog posts to refresh your memory.

The BLACK-TAILED DEER skill focus for the year will be the Art of Carving II and Art of Fire Making and Maintenance. Read more about our BEC Skills Progression and the vital skill of being prepared with our Be Prepared Checklist. Our Earth Skills Journey will lead the Explorers down a path that will lay a firm foundation of craftsmanship, wilderness living, and deep naturalist connection.





























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Black-Tailed Deer 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Sunday, September 23, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Pine and Cedar Lakes

Will we choose to ascend the steep trail all the way to the lakes? Or will we crawl our way through the salmonberry undergrowth to discover new and exciting off trail mysteries? Maybe a bit of both? Depending on what we choose, we will have the opportunity to see carnivorous plants, find ancient trees and explore a muddy swamp!  We’ll challenge ourselves as we play games, practice skills and navigate the steep terrain together.

Directions: Drive 1.2 miles south on Chuckanut Drive. Veer left onto Old Samish Rd and continue for about 1.9 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


OUTING #2: Saturday, October 20, 10:00AM-2:00PM
SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site at Happy Valley Park

Our official EC restoration site has changed dramatically in the last three 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, 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 (NSEA), we are making a real positive impact on our land. Please take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. 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. Map.

OUTING #3: Saturday, November 10, 10:00AM–3:00PM 
EXPLORATION: Alternate Incline Trail

This Exploration will take us to the eastern foothills of Blanchard Mountain. Blanchard's Alternate Incline trail climbs through a beautiful second growth forest of Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock until it reaches Lizard Lake. From Lizard Lake we can climb up Blanchard's north butte to a lookout, explore a series of caves near the lake, or test our navigation skills with endless off-trail exploration.

Driving Directions: Heading south on I-5, take exit 240 and turn right onto Lake Samish Road. After 0.5 miles, turn left onto Barrel Springs Road for .7 miles and turn right on Blanchard Hill Trail Rd. Continue on this road past a lower trailhead with toilets and horse trailer parking area and ignore the Lilly and Lizard Lake Trailhead sign. There is another parking area further up. You will come to a junction to Road B-2000 to Samish Overlook to the left. Stay right and go north a short distance to a parking lot for the Upper Lily Lake trailhead. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #4: Saturday, December 1, 2:00PM–7:00PM 
EXPLORATION: Night Outing at Sehome Hill Arboretum

About an hour of daylight. Another hour of crepuscular culture. Then the transition into complete darkness. As members of the species Homo sapiens, we lack a tapetum lucidum, so be prepared with your own headlamp or flashlight! We’ll begin by hiking into the trails of Sehome Hill and finding a good place to explore. Then we can get to some great games, activities, investigations, and general explorations at night! Because of when we will be here, we will have a unique opportunity to see animal activity that we do not normally get to witness in Explorers Club.


Driving Directions: From I-5, take the Samish Way exit (252). If coming from S, go L at the top of the exit ramp, over the highway, and follow Samish Way N for one block, turning L (west) at the 2nd light on Bill McDonald Parkway.  Drive up Bill McDonald Pkwy toward WWU. Turn right to 25th Street. Take a slight right toward the Arboretum and drive all the way to the end of the road. Click here for the Google Map location. 

OUTING #5: Sunday, January 6, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Point Whitehorn 

Point Whitehorn is wild and vibrant plot of woods right along the coast. We’ll get to know the many interesting inhabitants of this curious community, play some games, learn a little about the story of the place, and explore! Once we have thoroughly combed the beach we’ll find a place among the rocks and the shore pines to sit still at listen to the birds and waves.

Drop-off and Pick-up Directions: From I-5 take exit 250. Turn west 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 to Cascades Montessori Middle school. Map.

OUTING #6: Sunday, February 3 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Clayton Beach/Lost Lake Trailhead - Fire Skills

This location will provide us a great opportunity to practice harvesting fire building materials and then utilize the fire rings at Larrabee State Park. We will be practicing making kindling bundles and maintaining a fire on what is sure to be a cold day!

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

OUTING #7: Sunday, March 10, 9:30AM-1:30PM
SERVICE: Connelly Creek Restoration Site, Happy Valley Park

Our official EC restoration site has changed dramatically in the last three 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, 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 (NSEA), we are making a real positive impact on our land. Please take a moment to track the history and view photos of this amazing site.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th St. 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. Map.

OUTING #8: Sunday, April 28, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Yew Street Woods - Making Maple Blossom Fritters
 

The Yew Street Woods lie on the Western entrance of the Lookout Mountain Open Space. From our drop-off location on San Juan Blvd. we will access the power line trail and venture Southeast along the lower flanks of Lookout Mountain. With plenty of space to roam and navigate we will utilize the myriad of social trails and spend some time getting to know this wild land located right in our own backyard. On this outing, we will have an opportunity to harvest and eat one of our areas most delicious wild edibles - maple blossoms!


Driving Directions: Heading South on I-5 take Exit 253  and head East on Lakeway Drive for 1.1 miles. Turn right on Yew Street and drive for 0.7 of a mile. Turn right onto San Juan Blvd. On street parking will be on your left. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


OUTING #5: Saturday, May 11, 10:00AM-4:00PM
TRAVERSE: Chuckanut Ridge to Chuckanut Mountain

This journey along Chuckanut Ridge is a great hike through the heart of the Chuckanuts. We'll start where "Dan's Traverse Tail" meets Cleator Road about 1.7 miles up the windy, mountain road. Then we'll connect to the "Chuckanut Ridge Trail" and the "Lost Lake Trail" which will take us north, past great views, and an abundance of healthy forest. There is nothing quite like traipsing through a natural setting with a group of close friends to revitalize the soul. We should cover four miles or so, so eat a big breakfast and be ready to hike!

Drop-Off: Drive 3.8 miles down Chuckanut Drive from Fairhaven. Turn left onto Hiline Rd and continue on Cleator Road. Drive up Cleator Road for approximately 1.7 miles-- it's 1 mile to the hairpin turn and another 0.7 miles to our trailhead. Our Google Map Destination is a little bit short... you'll have to drive for another 1.2 miles past here.

Pick-Up: 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.


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