Wild Whatcom Outings - October 2016
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Witches' butter fungus.  Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Wild Whatcom

October Outings


Autumnal glory? Well yes, in our subdued Pacific Northwest way. Our native flora flaunts a range of golden hues and vibrant reds that have been hidden away under their coats of green now that the wheel of the year has shifted towards darkness. The vine maples and the redosier dogwoods fire up the shrubby layers of the forest, while the cottonwoods and big leaf maples glow in their golden way. Meanwhile, the firs and hemlocks maintain their deep green as a soothing background, and the cedars shed their reddish-brown bits. Cedars lose about one-third of their leaves every fall. 

You'll find our widest range of fall colors popping up in the forest, field, and your urban neighborhood. In hues of purple, red, yellow, white, orange, green, brown, and even blue, the fungi world reveals all sorts of magnificent forms! I hope you can catch our Fungus Among Us class with Dr. Fred Rhoades and friends, or check out the Wild Mushroom Show on Sunday, October 16 at Bloedel Donovan park. The mushroom show is always amazing.

Enjoy these outings for October. There's alot happening!

See you on the trail,


Community Programs Coordinator
Holly@wildwhatcom.org  l  (360) 393-7827

Wild Things

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Every Friday - 9:30-11AM. Directions

A majestic forest and wild fairyland, this beautiful place holds many magical discoveries. Interesting mushrooms are everywhere! In fact, without the benefits of the fungus among us, our forests could not exist. The variety of shapes and colors is simply amazing. Come see chunky cubes of rotten stumps, elfin saddles just waiting for a tiny rider, red coral that looks like it should be under the sea, and more. We'll find HUGE trees, lots of leaves, rotting nurse logs and mother stumps, ferns and fungus galore! We usually find lots of interesting mushrooms to see, touch, and smell. But no picking, these mushrooms are only for the forest fairies.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.
Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share!
Wild Things (September) REMINDER!

Friday, September 30, meeting location:
Whatcom Falls Park (Scudder Pond entrance). Directions.

Nature Outings

Photo Credit: Holly Roger

The Fungus Among Us

Sunday, October 23, 10:00-12:00PM

North Lake Whatcom Park

It's mushroom season! The Pacific Northwest is known for hosting a diverse bounty of incredible fungus. Join our favorite fun guy, mycologist Dr. Fred Rhoades, for a morning of forest exploration and mushroom identification. This outing is best for adults and children ages 4 and up. Wear your rain gear and bring a snack and a handled basket for collecting the fungus you find. Mystery yard mushrooms are welcome to attend and be identified.

Suggested Donation:

  • Adults (18+): $12
  • Children (ages 4-17): $8
  • Children 3 and under free. (Babies worn in carriers welcome).

Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot today! Group size is limited.

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: Frederick Sears

Moon of the Falling Leaves

Saturday, October 15, 5:30 PM-Overnight!

This month of transition to the dark time of year finds us acknowledging the importance of those who came before us, and the memories they left behind. Join us as we share a potluck dinner intended to honor our ancestors, and gather around the hearth to tell their stories. Afterwards, we will have plenty of time for moon gazing, solitude and socializing. The next morning we will share a community breakfast before returning home. We are so excited to offer this very special overnight at a local retreat! 

Suggested Donation: $24 for overnight Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your sleeping space separately with Jenni. Overnight sleeping options include:
Beds - $50
Floor space - $15
Tent space (outside) -$5

Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger: holly@wildwhatcom.org.
Location revealed after reservations are received.

New! Kids OUT!
Photo Credit: Wild Whatcom

Art of Camouflage/Shelter

Sunday, October 9, 10:00-3:00PM
Lake Padden (East Entrance)

Hey kids, are you ready to go exploring? Join us in our new KidsOUT! program. Wonder and adventure await as you expand skills​, make new friends​, and have fun at these monthly outings.

Girls and boys, grades 1 - 5 are welcome! Led by our skilled mentors, each day blends our favorite elements of play, exploration, natural history, and wilderness skills. Note: some months, grade restrictions may apply.

Cost: $55

Registration open! Group size is limited.
October Events
Photo Credit: Girls Explorers Club

Family Service Party and Gear Swap

Thursday, October 13, 3:00-6:30PM
Squalicum Creek Park

Wild Whatcom has teamed up with the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department to offer a free, fun, and family-friendly outdoor event on this early-release Thursday.

Pitch in alongside your child with shovels and buckets as we weed and mulch around young trees in a new forest restoration from 3:00-5:00PM. All ages welcome. Gloves and other supplies provided.

We'll then celebrate our afternoon from 5:00-6:30PM with a potluck (please bring a dish to share), music by the marimba band, Kuunga, and other fun activities! Cups, plates, and flatware provided.

We'll also be holding a gear swap! If you have unused or outgrown outdoor gear lying around (clothing, equipment, etc.), gather them up and bring them along. No need to bring gear in order to participate in the swap. 

Want to volunteer? Have a question?
Email Wild Whatcom Program Manager, Chris Wiebe, at chris@wildwhatcom.org.

Photo Courtesy: Kelly Krieger

Run Wild Bellingham

Saturday, October 29, 9:00AM (Kids Race) 10:00AM (Main Race)
Whatcom Falls Park

A totally different kind of adventure race!
Part race, part scavenger hunt, part route finding, part Halloween celebration. 

Bring the whole family!
Register today! All proceeds benefit Wild Whatcom.

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PO Box 4457
Bellingham, WA  98227-4457

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