Wild Whatcom Outings - October 2017
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Stages of development of an Amanita species. Photo by: Holly Roger
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October Outings

Hello Fall!

Thanks to the recent rains, it's mushroom season!

What I love about October in the Pacific NorthWet is the deep diversity of fungi popping up all around us. My goodness, the different forms and colors are truly amazing. Fungus is a good lesson for us in what lies beneath, hidden away like treasure, that may fruit spectacularly in unexpected ways!

Quite literally, the mushroom you see above ground or on a tree is just a "fruiting body", not the whole fungus. Most of the fungal network is hidden away deep within the matrix of whatever it is growing on. At the right time, the mushroom erupts to reproduce and generate spores. This tiny bit of info is just the tip of the iceberg of knowledge about mushrooms.

To learn how to properly identify the fungus among us, the learning curve is STEEP. Everything I learned about fungi, I learned by taking a mushroom identifying class series from the Northwest Mushroomers Association (on Facebook too!). They're hosting the Wild Mushroom Show on October 22 with an incredible display set up in the gym of Bloedel-Donovan Park. I highly recommend you check it out!

See you on the trail,

Holly Roger
Community Programs Coordinator  l  (360) 393-7827

Wild Things

Photo by: Holly Roger 

Stimpson Family Nature Reserve - Directions
Every Friday - 9:30-11:00AM

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.

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.

Suggested Donation - $5 per person. Cash, check, or donate online.

Dress warmly, it's puddle weather! Check out our Be Prepared Checklist.

Nature Outings

Dr. Fred Rhoades identifying our fungal finds. Photo Credit: Holly Roger

Fungus Among Us
Sunday, October 29, 10:00-12:00PM

Lake Padden Park (West).

Reserve your spot today! Group size is limited.
Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger:

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.

Save time by completing our Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person.

Ladies Night Out

Photo Credit: Frederick Sears

Moon of the Falling Leaves

Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

This month of transition to the dark time of year finds us acknowledging the importance of the ancestors who came before us, and the stories they leave behind. For inspiration, we'll reflect upon nature's nutrient cycle of nourishing, replenishing, and composting in a place given to beauty and contemplation.  

Save time by completing our Agreement of Risk and Liability Release and bring it with you. We'll need one for each person!

Suggested Donation:
  • $12 (women only)
Cash, check, or donate online.

Reserve your spot! Email Program Coordinator, Holly Roger:
Group size is limited. Note: Location revealed after reservations are received.

Summer 2018 Backpack Trips - Immunization Reminder

Joining us next summer on a backpack trip? Remember:

For extended backpacking trips lasting longer than 36 consecutive hours, a tetanus booster within the last 5 years AND a current copy of your child's Immunization Record showing a full primary tetanus vaccine series is required to participate. No exceptions to tetanus policy will be allowed for extended backpacking trips as it would require evacuation of any participant who sustains any skin wound since tetanus spores are present in soil and can occur even with a minor wound in individuals not immunized to tetanus.

For participants planning to register for one of our summer extended backpacking trips, please note a seven (7) month window is needed in order to get the full series of tetanus. Immunization records may be submitted via email or postal mail prior to your child exploring with us.

Summer 2018 schedule will be available by the end of the year. Registration opens March 2018!

Questions? Contact us at
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