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Please look over the schedule upon registration and give us as much advance notice as possible if there are any conflicts for your child attending. Last minute requests often cannot be met.

In response to parent feedback, we did our best to set an entire year of Explorers Club outings months earlier than previous years. Please know that these dates are subject to change due to inevitable circumstances. We will update you if any dates do change!

Be sure to use (and print if needed) the Be Prepared Checklist when getting ready for each Explorers Club outing. Wild Whatcom Mottos guide much of our program so check them out. Many families find them a useful resource to print and refer to.

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Congratulations! The Red Foxes are about to embark on their seventh and final season of Explorers Club. Please note the graduation dates (May 17-19, 2019) for this upcoming season and mark it on your family's calendar. We would love it if every explorer was able to attend this special weekend! Many thanks in advance for your family's commitment to the Red Foxes and their final season of Explorer's Club. 


Red Foxes 2018-19 Schedule 

Outing #1: Saturday, September 15, 2018: 9:00-4:00 PM
SKILLS: HIKE to Lily-Lizard Lakes
For our first outing, the group will hike one of Bellingham's most iconic trails, the Lily-Lizard Lakes loop. On this day, we will stretch our legs for a brisk autumn hike! We'll review the 10 Essentials of hiking, practice our navigation skills, and catch up after a long summer away from the group. We encourage each explorer to pack their own bags for this day and in doing so, include as many of the 10 Essentials as they think they'll need. We have lots of extra gear at the Wild Whatcom office, so let us know if you'd like to borrow anything specific. This is a seven-hour outing, so extra H2O and snacks are crucial.

Directions: Meet at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue.

Outing #2: Saturday, November 10, 2018: 10:00-3:00 PM
EXPLORATION/SKILLS: Powers of Observation at Fairhaven Park
On this skills' day, we'll explore the importance of observation and the myriad ways we can deepen our awareness of ourselves, one another, our bodies, and the natural world. Guiding questions will help us delve into our culture's emphasis on going and doing rather than presence and being; what emerges when we pause to notice; how technology impacts opportunities for observation; how people in the past practiced observation and what skills that strengthened. Activities will include a self-awareness questionnaire and guided meditation (intrapersonal awareness); active listening exercises (interpersonal awareness); observing nature, creating art (nature awareness); yoga and other activities (body awareness).

Directions: Meet at Fairhaven Park. Take Chuckanut Drive South for approximately 0.1 miles. Take a left into Fairhaven Park. We'll meet by the upper picnic shelter where you'll see mentors waiting and waving!

Outing #3: Saturday, January 12, 2019: 12:30-4:30 PM
SKILLS/SERVICE: Mollywood Avian Sanctuary
This wonderful group has decided to do one of their final service projects at Mollywood Avian Sanctuary. We'll spend our day cleaning the cages of hundreds (!) of exotic birds and assisting Betsy, the wonderful coordinator of Mollywood, with whatever she needs. Girls should dress in clothes that they don't mind getting dirty (and must wear long pants and long sleeves), bring work gloves, and ear plugs if you have them! This is a loud one!

Directions: Drop off and pick up at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Ave. 

Outing #4: Sunday, February 10, 2019: 10:30-3:30 
SERVICE: Animals for Natural Therapy & Brookdale Fairhaven Senior Living Center 
Explore. Connect. Serve. These are the guiding tenants of Explorers Club. With this particular service project, the group will be delving in all three realms of EC. We will be partnering with the mobile unit of Animals As Natural Therapy to bring a few furry critters and holiday cheer to the elder community at Brookdale Fairhaven Senior Living. Animals As Natural Therapy, or ANT, is a local non-profit that seeks to provide healing programs for at-risk youth, veterans, and elders through connection with animals, big and small. On this day, the Red Foxes will be fostering multi-generational engagement, connecting and working with animals, and serving a fellow non-profit in its mission. We will spend time at both the ANT farm and at Brookdale, so please remember to dress in layers that are suitable for both the cold PNW winter and the warmth of a live-in facility. ANT also requires that all volunteers sign a one-time release form. Mentors will send this form to families via email. Please be sure to have it signed and ready at drop off.

Directions: ***Please note that drop off and pick up locations are different.*** Drop off will be at Cascades Montessori Middle School, 2710 McKenzie Avenue. Pick up will be at Brookdale Fairhaven Senior Living, 2600 Old Fairhaven Parkway. 

Outing #5: Saturday, March 9, 2019: 10:00-3:00 PM **Rescheduled from 10/28/18**
SKILLS: Medicinal Plants in the SW 100 Acre Wood
The Foxes will be revisiting the Art of Medicinal Plants on this beautiful, spring day. Plants give us many gifts, providing food, clothing, tools, and medicine. As we ramble and roam throughout this south side forest learning lab, we'll review some of the powers of plants to heal (& harm). Part of our time will be spent making a simple, yet ancient skin salve called the Balm of Gilead. We will also have the option of making our own forest tea, nettle soup, or dandelion fritters. 

Directions: Drive Chuckanut Drive past Fairhaven Park. The road ascends and intersects with Viewcrest at the top of the hill. We will meet there. There is a small bit of parking on the left (east) side of the road, but we will plan to also meet girls on the right (west) side and walk them across. Carpooling encouraged.

Outing #6: Sunday, March 17: TIME TBD
EXPLORATION: Create Your Own Adventure
What adventure is behind door three? Will the group choose a hike on Galbraith, a day by the ocean, a traverse in the Chuckanuts? They will have five outings to Collaborate and Compromise about what adventure to embark upon and to come up with a plan for the day. Mentors will provide inspiration and materials and will help to facilitate this CYOA outing!

Outing #7: 5:00 PM Friday, May 17- 4:00 PM Sunday, May 19
GRADUATION: Final Explorers Club Gathering
Wonderful Red Foxes, the time has come for the parting of ways. Much more information to come about graduation.