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TRILLIUMS

Mentor Contact Info: 

  • Nicole Niese | (260) 341-7947 | nicole@wildwhatcom.org  
  • Rebecca Carson | (719) 200-7180 | rebecca@wildwhatcom.org

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.

BE SURE to use the Be Prepared Checklist when getting ready for each Explorers day. You may go here to download and print a copy of the checklist (we recommend doing this so it's available for easy reference). The mottos that guide much of our program are also on this page - many families find them a useful resource to print, post and refer to in their homes. 


2017-18 OUTING DATES
In response to parent feedback, we did our best to set a 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!


Saturday, September 23, 2017 10:30-3:30 pm: EARTH SKILLS Emergency Awareness at Fairhaven Park
Having a basic knowledge of first aid is one of the most important tools we can carry into any outdoor pursuit. On this skills’ day, we’ll learn how to be aware and support caregivers who provide basic medical care in an emergency. We’ll learn the triangle of safety, practice assisting others in realistic scenarios, and understand more fully what Safety First really means. Girls should dress appropriately for the weather, in clothes that can get dirty (and fake bloody). Please note that this is not a comprehensive wilderness first aid course, nor is it a substitute for a formal wilderness first aid course. 

Directions: Meet near the upper shelter at Fairhaven Park. Drive into the park and straight up the hill, then veer to the right. You'll see mentors waiting and waving near the shelter.


Sunday, October 29, 2017: 10:00-2:00 pm: SERVICE at Connelley Creek with Boys Explorers Club
The GEC will team up with the Boys Explorers Club for a chance to engage in work at their service site. Based along Connelley Creek, the BEC site has experienced a large amount of changes throughout the years. Boys have spent hundreds of hours removing invasive Blackberry and Reed Canary grass, planting native species, and enjoying the wonders of this special Bellingham creek. The Girls Explorers Club staff are excited to pair up with groups from the BEC and experience their service culture and special place! All explorers should come prepared on these days with a pair of work gloves.

Directions: From I-5 drive west on Old Fairhaven Parkway for 0.1 of a mile. Turn right onto 30th Street and drive for 0.3 of a mile. Turn right on Donovan Ave. and drive for .1 of a mile. Turn right onto 32nd Ave. and drive for .2 of a mile. Turn left into Bellingham Park & Ride (WSDOT) Westside. Click here for the Google Map Destination.


Saturday, November 11, 2017: 4:00-8:00 pm: Night Exploration!
"To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, and is traveled by dark feet and dark wings." - Wendell Berry
On this outing, we'll set out together to "know the dark" and discover its many gifts. We'll reflect on our dominant sense and then prepare to activate other senses as we move together from dusk to dark, the sound of Whatcom's waters always by our side. We'll may also spend time sharing songs and stories by the firelight. Ensure that your explorer dresses warmly for this night adventure and brings dinner food.

Directions: Drop off at the main entrance to Larrabee State Park. Drive into the park, past the visitor's booth. Mentors will be waiting and waving directly across from the stop sign near the entrance to the camping area.
Pick up at the Lost Lake parking area.


Saturday, December 9, 2017: Time TBD: Choose Your Own Adventure Exploration
Since our last Choose Your Own Adventure day was such a hit, we thought we'd do it again during this final fall season. We mentors will come with proposals and every voice will be heard as the Trilliums design the day, practicing leadership and planning skills. We'll also give time to discuss our spring culminating service project, which will be for an organization of the Trillums' choosing.


Sunday, January 7, 2018: 10:00-3:30 pm: Birding and Being Day
There is a motto we seldom touch on, but it's among our most important ones: Be Here Now. Present moment presence allows us to experience the fullness of life, and we'll be practicing that throughout this exploration. On this Whatcom-Skagit road trip, our first stop will be Larrabee State Park's campground, to begin our outing with a midwinter check in around a fire. Then we'll head southwest to the Skagit flats, which host magnificent migrations of myriad birds each winter. We'll observe and learn from these winged ones about the cycle and circle of life, seasons, initiative, balance. Our day will end on a Samish Island beach, with an extended Peaceful Place, witnessing what's happening within and around us. The Samish Flats are somewhat marshy, muddy, and mucky, so please wear boots that can endure water and mud!

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


Sunday, March 18, 2018: 10:00-2:00 pm: Final Service Project at Animals for Natural Therapy
For their last service project, the Trilliums will be working with Animals for Natural Therapy! A.N.T. offers healing programs for at-risk youth & veterans based on the knowledge that animals can teach humans important life skills: respect for self and others, trust-building, and clear communication. The Trilliums will be working at ANT to support their mission by working in the barn and around the 100-year-old, 5-acre farm. Our work will include farm chores and repair work on the farm fence, as well as animal care such as cleaning stalls and grooming. The farm can be a muddy place, so please be sure to wear boots!

Directions:  ANT is located at 721 Van Wyck Road, off of Hannegan to the west, just past DeWard & Bode. Follow Van Wyck for about ½ mile until it turns sharply to the right. At the curve, go straight onto the gravel road (look for END OF MAINTAINED COUNTY ROAD sign and a neon green turtle flagger) and follow that as it passes the barnyard and curves around the arena to the right. You will dead-end in the parking lot facing a red & silver barn. From the parking lot, cross the little bridge and follow the gravel path towards the rear door of the red barn. We’ll meet you at the red barn. 

Saturday, May 5, 2:00 pm- Sunday, May 6, 4:00 pm 2018: Graduation Weekend + Ceremony at Utopia Tree Farm
This Explorers Club graduation-campout milestone is greeted with gratitude, and some grief, as we wrap our years of shared exploring, serving, connecting. Saturday 2 pm: We'll leave as early in the afternoon as possible to a special property along the wild Skagit River near Sedro-Wooley. Saturday-Sunday: A conscientious, thoughtful retrospective of our shared time in EC, and how we'll carry the memories, connections, and values forward into high school and beyond. The weekend is also woven with play and deeper sharing. Sunday 1 pm: Parents can expect to gather for a potluck, slideshow of the Trilliums through the years, and a graduation ceremony where mentors and explorers honor each participant, and each participant speaks briefly about what the experience has meant for her. As this weekend is a campout, a special packing list will be sent out beforehand by the Trilliums' mentors.

Directions: Take I-5 South for 20 miles to exit 232, for Cook Rd toward Sedro-Woolley. Turn Left on Cook Rd. Follow Cook Rd for 4 miles and at the first traffic circle, take the 2nd exit to remain on Cook Rd. At the second traffic circle, take the 2nd exit for Borseth St. Continue onto Moore St/ WA-20 E for 5 miles. Turn right onto Hoehn Rd, follow for 1 mile. Turn left onto Utopia Rd, follow for 1 mile. Utopia Rd turns left and become B D Minkler RD. Utopia Tree Farm is the property at the end of Minkler Rd, 8600 B D Minkler Rd.