Kulshan Wayfinders

2019-20 Season

Welcome to the Kulshan Wayfinders group! The Kulshan Wayfinders focus for the year will be to hone our naturalist and outdoor skills while exploring what it means to honor ourselves and our truth as we make the transition from adolescents into young adults.

In addition to the above mentioned outings, Kulshan Wayfinders have the opportunity to be an Explorers Mentoring Apprentice (EMA) if you feel the call. Being an EMA is a fantastic opportunity to deepen your own skills, connections, give back to your community, log volunteer hours for school requirements, and have fun along the way! Check out the EMA webpage and email your mentor(s) for more information or if you are interested.

Please look over the schedule upon registration and give us as much advance notice as possible if there are any conflicts for your attendance. For more information, please visit our Missed Days and Make Up Policies. Please know that these dates and locations are subject to change due to inevitable circumstances. We will update you if any dates/locations do change!

Be sure to use the Be Prepared Checklist when getting ready for each Wayfinder outing. Wild Whatcom Mottos guide much of our program so make sure to check them out too.

See you on the trail!

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Kulshan Wayfinders 2019-2020 Schedule

OUTING #1: Saturday, September 28, 2019: 11:00AM - Sunday, September 29, 2019: 1:00PM

COMBINED CAMPOUT: Douglas Fir Campground

For our first adventure of the season, the newly formed Wayfinder groups will come together for an overnight in the old-growth forests along the Nooksack River, under the shadow of our ‘white sentinel’, Koma Kulshan. Once we arrive at Douglas Fir campground, set up camp, and collaborate on a day hike location, we will re-board our trusty buses and continue up the road, following our wandering feet and stretching our legs on one of the gorgeous hikes in the area. Back at camp, we will collectively prepare dinner-- practicing our culinary camping skills, and afterwards will spend the evening playing games, exploring along the river, and getting to know our new groups.

Directions: Pick up and Drop off will be at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Map.

OUTING #2: Sunday, October 27, 2019: 9:00-4:00PM


Come Autumn, we will board our Wild Whatcom bus to explore the South Bank of the Baker Lake Trail. We will ramble below magnificent old growth forests-- taking in the fall foliage and mushrooms that dot the forest floor, and discover cascading creeks as we hike along the lake’s edge. We will brush up on our naturalist skills by meeting native plants along the trail, and stop for lunch at Anderson Point to marvel at the stunning views of Mount Baker. And as we wander along our path, we will have time to ask ourselves the age-old question, “Does it get any better than this?!”

Directions: Pick up and Drop off will be at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Map.

OUTING #3: Saturday, January 11, 2020: 9:00-4:00PM

EXPLORATION/SKILLS: Tracking & Snowshoeing at Hannegan Pass Road

Continuing with our explorations from mountains to sound, we will once again head east on Highway 542 for a beginner-friendly, scenic snowshoe trip along Hannegan Pass Road (US Forest Service Road 32). As we snowshoe along the Nooksack River, we will take in the magnificent views of Mt. Shuksan and attune our senses with the land, looking for signs of wildlife in the snow and in the trees above.

Note: This outing is weather and snow-level dependent. The outing location is subject to change.

Directions: Pick up and Drop off will be at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225

OUTING #4: Sunday, March 1, 2020: 9:00-3:00PM

SERVICE: Chuckanuts Trail Maintenance with Washington Trails Association

For many years, Wild Whatcom has partnered with Washington Trails Association to help keep up on improvements and maintenance on some of Bellingham's most popular trails and natural areas. We will be focusing on trail maintenance, pruning overgrown vegetation, and digging new paths for water to flow off the trail. All Kulshan Wayfinders should come prepared on these days with a pair of work gloves, hiking boots and lots of snacks! Additionally, Washington Trails Association also requires all minors to come with a signed Parental Release Form. Mentors will send this in the outing reminder email, please print, sign, and bring it with you upon drop off.

Directions: TBD

OUTING #5: Sunday, March 29, 2020: TIME TBD

EXPLORATION/SKILLS: Paddle Bellingham Bay

As our Wayfinder season shifts into spring, we will transition into exploration of the Salish Sea-- this time by watercraft! Partnering with stellar local guides, we will learn the basics of kayak/canoe navigation and paddling techniques in Bellingham Bay and spend our outing taking in our local sandstone shorelines, gliding through kelp beds, and perhaps even catching a glimpse of sea stars, harbor seals, or a porpoise.

Directions: Drop off and pick up at the Community Boating Center, 555 Harris Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Map

OUTING #6 Saturday, April 25, 2020: 11:00AM - Sunday, April 26, 2020: 1:00PM

COMBINED CAMPOUT: Deception Pass State Park

For out last outing, both Wayfinder groups will come back together for a final campout -- this time on the shores of the Salish Sea. We will travel to Deception Pass State Park, choosing which trails to explore together and spending time discovering our marine environment. We will spend our final night together practicing the art of storytelling, as we reminisce under the stars, talk about our goals, and adjourn our season.

Directions: Pick up and Drop off will be at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225. Map.