Kokanees

Congratulations KOKANEES on embarking on your first season of Explorers Club (EC)! Though you may have joined us for summer camp, this fall is when the magic really begins. EC is a long-term program with a subtle spiral curriculum that builds upon itself for years. We're excited for you to join our community and look forward to seeing how we all craft our coming adventures. We have a great season planned that is sure to include lots of new exploration and discovery as we romp through the woods in our own backyard. We will spend our time discovering the fundamental skills of EC. Along the way we will introduce the group to some BEC culture that will help to lay the groundwork for future seasons.


The KOKANEES skill focus for this year will be Art of Camouflage and the Art of Harvest. 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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Kokanees 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Sunday, September 9, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Introduction to the Art of Camouflage, Fairhaven Park

The Hundred Acre Wood is the EC unofficial stomping grounds. For years, Explorers have met here to learn and harness new skills. Over consecutive seasons we can see the changes in the land, and even get to know some of the same animals and birds that call this place home. We'll embark on the Art of Camouflage and learn the activities that connect Explorers across all age groups. One game begins with an "H" and it sends everyone flying into the bushes!

Directions: Drive down Chuckanut Dr. from Fairhaven. Turn left into Fairhaven Park. Turn right into the first parking lot. Map.

OUTING #2: Saturday, October 6, 10:00AM-2:00PM
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 #3: Saturday, November 10, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: North Chuckanut Mountain

Located just south of Bellingham, the Chuckanut Mountains are a rare and amazing gem for our community. Offering endless trails, expansive ravines and hillsides, lush forests, and even habitat that is home to larger animals, such as cougars and bears. Explorations here are always exciting!

Directions: From Fairhaven head south on Chuckanut Dr.. Just past the intersection with Old Samish there will be a parking lot on your left with a sign saying “North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead.” You're here! Map.

OUTING #4: Saturday, December 8, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Whatcom Falls Park

We'll explore Bellingham's famous and prized watershed: Whatcom Creek. Depending on how much it has rained (or is raining!), it is likely that we'll spend time at the old bridge and the falls. There are also some little nooks and corners of this park in which we can find shelter or play games. Explorers may learn another backbone Explorers game, Spider's Web. The forest is as inspiring as it is dark this time of year.

Directions: Drive east on Lakeway Dr.. Turn left on Silver Beach Rd. at the traffic signal. Follow the road to the parking lot in front of the playground, picnic shelter, and fish ponds. Map.


OUTING #5: Saturday, January 19, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Lake Padden East Entrance (Golf Course/Dog Park Entrance)

Lake Padden is a local gem with all kinds of mysteries hidden in its sandstone folds: giant cedars in a secret sanctuary, trillium, oyster mushrooms, raptors, crayfish, and much more. It's a great spot to play some epic games!

Directions: Drive south on Samish Way for 2.4 miles.Turn right onto Lakeshore Dr (golf course/dog park entrance). Continue to the end of the road by the dog park. Map.

OUTING #6: Saturday, February 23, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: North Galbraith Mountain

Galbraith Mountain 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. Map.

OUTING #7: Sunday, March 17, 10:00AM-2:00PM
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: Saturday, April 27: 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: North Lake Whatcom  


Situated between the base of Stewart Mountain and the shores of Lake Whatcom, this trail winds through wetlands, waterfalls, and large Douglas fir. Offering abundant swimming holes and creek drainages to follow up into Stewart Mountain'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.

Directions: From downtown, take Cornwall Ave. north for 1 mile. Turn right onto Alabama St. and drive for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Northshore Dr. and follow it for 7.2 miles. Turn left onto Northshore Rd.. The trailhead will be in your left in .5 miles. Map.

OUTING #9: Saturday, June 1, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Clayton Beach

There is just so much to do here!  Forests to explore, fossils to find, rocks to climb, giant hills of sand to play on, plus all the awesome plants and animals that call this area home. Where we go and what we do is determined by our curiosity.

Directions: Drive south on Chuckanut Dr. from Fairhaven for 5.5 miles.The parking lot for Clayton Beach is a short distance past the main Larrabee State Park entrance (left hand side of road). We'll aim for a quick-turnaround at drop-off and pick-up. NOTE: Washington state requires a DISCOVER PASS if you'll be parking. Map.

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