Roosevelt Elk Calves

Congratulations
ROOSEVELT ELK CALVES on completing another year of  Thank you for your growth, courage, play, and skill building. 
We are excited to find more adventure with you as you embark on your second to last Explorers Club year.  

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 ROOSEVELT ELK CALVES blog posts to refresh your memory.

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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Roosevelt Elk Calves 2018-19 Schedule

OUTING #1: Sunday, September 23, 9:00AM-4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Deming Homestead Eagle Park

We will hop onto the Wild Whatcom bus and head out the Mount Baker Highway to the Deming Homestead Eagle Park and beyond. We’ll check out the mighty North Fork of the Nooksack River 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.

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 #2: Sunday, October 14 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 #3: Saturday, November 10 10:00AM-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. Map.

OUTING #4: Saturday, December 1st, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Locust Beach

Locust Beach is a real gem.  Prepare for epic tide flats filled with curious creatures, mud pits, roaming streams, and wide expanses of adventure. We may even find the mystical "Earthkeeper's Den" as we traverse the water's edge. Bring your water shoes and swimsuits. Parents make sure to have a towel ready for your really muddy Explorer!


Driving Directions: Head northwest on Eldridge Ave from the corner of Broadway Ave for 1.2 miles. Continue onto Marine Dr for .8 miles. Turn Left onto Locust Ave, continue for 272 ft. and park on the left. Click here for the Google Map Destination.

OUTING #5: Saturday, January 19, 10:00AM - 3:00PM
TRAVERSE: Chuckanut Ridge Traverse LOCATION CHANGED - SEE BELOW

OUTING #5: Saturday, January 19, 10:00AM-3:00PM
EXPLORATION: Clayton Beach or Up to Fragrance Lake

There is just so much to do here!  We may choose to head up toward the lake under large conifer trees. If we do head down toward the beach, there are 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 will be determined by what the weather allows and where the groups curiosity lies.

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


OUTING #6: Saturday, February 23, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
EXTENDED EXPLORATION: Racehorse Falls

139 vertical feet of cascading water. A deep fold of Chuckanut sandstone. A momentous flash flood in 2009. Fossilized relics from an Eocene river delta. All this comes together to create a magnificent exploration. Racehorse Falls never ceases to amaze.

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 #7: Sunday
, March 17 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: Saturday, April 20, 10:00AM-3:00PM 
SHOWDOWN: Games Day with the Townsend's Chipmunks, Lookout Mountain

We will meet the Townsend's Chipmunks group for some friendly competition during which we will work both together and against each other. It’s possible that we’ll play "Life and Death in the Forest" and set up an epic game of "Spider's Web" or "Ripple Through the Forest." Mentors may even have a couple of tricks up their sleeves too. :) Be prepared with your best stealth and camouflage skills!

Directions: From Bellingham, take Lakeway Dr. east for 3 miles. Continue for another .5 miles as it turns into Terrace Ave. and then Cable St.. Take a right on Austin St., which becomes Lake Louise Rd. Follow for 3.3 miles. Trailhead parking lot will be on the right. Map

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

There is just so much to do here!  There are 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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