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SILVERWING BATS

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 Silverwing Bats are about to embark on their seventh and final season of Explorers Club. Please note the graduation dates (May 3-5, 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 Silverwing Bats and their final season of Explorer's Club. 

Silverwing Bats 2018-19 Schedule 

Outing #1: Saturday, September 15, 2018: 9:00-4:00 PM
SKILLS/EXPLORATION: HIKE to Oyster Dome
For our first outing, the group will hike one of Bellingham's most iconic trails, Oyster Dome. 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: Pick up and drop off will be at the very south end of the Oyster Bar restaurant parking lot. From Bellingham, drive south on Chuckanut Drive for about 8.5 miles. Pass Taylor Shellfish farm and the Oyster Bar parking lot will be on your right-hand side. Please note that this is a small, yet busy road. To be as safe and unobtrusive as possible, we ask families to be as swift in unloading and loading as possible and carpool for both pick up and drop off.

Outing #2: Sunday, October 28, 2018: 10:00-3:00 PM *Please note this was rescheduled from 10/6/18* 
SKILLS: Advanced Herbology in the 100 Acre Woods
At the Bats request, we will be revisiting the Art of Medicinal Plants on this autumn outing. 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 sage smudge sticks, forest tea, and collecting rosehips for honey. 

Directions: From I-5, take the Fairhaven Parkway exit. Go left (south) on 24th (Fairhaven Veterinary Hospital on right). Follow this road for the equivalent of 2-3 blocks until you come to Willis St. (long uphill driveway on left, trailhead on right). Pull to the right side of the road just before Willis and look for mentors waiting and waving.

Outing #3: Sunday, November 11, 2018: 10:00-3:00 PM *Please note this was rescheduled from 11/17/18* 
EXPLORATION/SKILLS: Self Love N. Lake Whatcom
During the time of the year when the weather turns wet and the days become short, it is easy to begin to feel the blues. This is why for the whole day, we will practice many methods of connections to self and forms of giving and receiving self-love. We'll go through a yoga sequence, make forest tea, journal, and talk about examples of self-care that are so necessary for young people to learn. Our focus will be on empowering and accepting ourselves as the girls and women that we are and encouraging each other to do the same. This will be a powerful, special day for the group, and we're excited to try it while exploring outdoors!

Directions: Head east on Alabama St. to North Shore Drive. Take a left onto Northshore Drive. Continue on Northshore Drive 7.2 miles, until it becomes Northshore Road. Drive .05 mile until you reach the North Lake Whatcom trailhead entrance on your left. This is a bit of a drive, so carpooling is suggested. Plan on driving 25 minutes from downtown Bellingham.

Outing #4: Saturday, January 26, 2019: 10:00-3:00 PM
Create Your Own Skill: Shelter Building and Salve Making at Lookout Mountain
Which skill will the Bats choose to review, practice, or learn brand new? They will have three outings to Collaborate and Compromise about what skill to focus on and to come up with a plan for the day. Mentors will provide inspiration and materials and will help to facilitate this CYOS outing!

Directions: Drop off and pick up will be at the Lookout Mountain Trailhead. From Bellingham, take Lakeway Drive East for 3 miles. Continue for another .5 miles as it turns into Terrace Ave and then Cable Street. Take a right on Austin Street, Austin becomes Lake Louise Rd follow for 3.3 miles. Destination will be on the right. 

Outing #5: Saturday, February 23, 2019: 10:00-3:00 PM
SERVICE: Group Breakfast and Bellingham Community Meals
For years, the Bats have been waiting to do service with Bellingham Community Meals Project. On this day, we'll meet at Wild Whatcom's new office for a big breakfast and conversation about what to expect for the day. Then we'll travel downtown on Moose and meet up with fellow volunteers at the Assumption gym, where the monthly Bellingham Community meal will be served. We'll help set the meal up, serve up some delicious food, and make connections with members of the Bellingham community. 

Directions: ***Please note that pick up and drop off locations are different.*** Drop off will be at Wild Whatcom's new office, 1015 Girard St. From the Lakeway 1-5 exit, take Lakeway Drive toward Holly St. Follow Holly St down to G St. Turn right onto G St and follow it for several blocks. Wild Whatcom's office is on the right on the corner of G St and Girard St. Pick up will be the Assumption Gym, 2116 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham.

Outing #6: Saturday, March 23, 2019: 9:00-3:00 PM
Create Your Own Adventure: Forest Frolics and Mud Gushing at Clark's Point/Mud Bay
What adventure is behind door three? After much Collaboration and Compromise, the group has come to a consensus for their final outing before graduation! We will be meeting at Clark's Point for a day of free forest exploration, chill time, and of course, mud gushing. We ask that every Bat comes prepared with a: 
-Journal and writing utensil 
-2 pairs of shoes: 1 pair of about-forest shoes and 1 pair of muck-ready shoes (old sneakers are the best because they can get gross and tie tight)
-A change of clothing and a plastic bag for muddy attire

Directions: Take Old Fairhaven Parkway west and go left onto 12th. At second light, take a slight right onto Hawthorne and then a left onto Fieldston Rd. You'll wind your way through a housing development until you reach the southern "end" (it continues as a driveway) for Fieldston Road. The trailhead is right past the intersection of Fieldston and Arbutus Pl. Carpooling necessary as there is no parking and a small turn-around in this neighborhood area.

Outing #7: 5:00PM Friday, May 3- 4:00PM Sunday, May 5
GRADUATION: The Parting of Ways
Wonderful Bats, the time has come for the parting of ways. Much more information to come about graduation.