I am a field mentor for Wild Whatcom, a Bellingham-based organization whose mission is to foster lifelong connections to nature for kids of all ages. During the school year I work in the Explorers Club program, taking groups of elementary and middle school students out to parks and public lands around Bellingham where we learn about natural history, practice outdoors skills, and get our hands dirty. Explorers Club is about bringing young people outside where they can get away from phone and computer screens and form a deeper sense of connection with the natural landscapes around them.
In the summer, I co-lead camps and backpacking trips for students in elementary through high school. On multi-day camps we visit Bellingham’s most beautiful forests, wetlands, and beaches, having a fun time outside while learning about the local environment. On backpacking trips we head out to places like the Mount Baker and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Areas to experience some of our area’s most truly spectacular landscapes.
Dates: September 2018 – ongoing
Location: Various parks and natural areas in and around Washington’s Whatcom and Skagit Counties.
Sampling of topics explored with students: Nature observation, outdoor skills (wood carving, fire-starting, etc.), leadership and interpersonal skills, birding, and how to have an impact on local environmental issues.