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Work Parties

Work Parties are a great way to make a difference while learning about properties that contain important ecological benefits and how we protect those special places. These events are generally held on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Fall from 9am to noon, allowing just a few hours out of your day and keeping the remainder of your weekend free! All ages are certainly welcome, and families are highly encouraged to join us.


COVID-19: 
The safety and well-being of volunteers and community members is always our highest priority.  Please continue to follow the most current guidelines from CDC and local county officials regarding masking, testing, and isolating. Please stay home if you feel sick.

Capacity: Depends on the work site!

RSVP Required: Please click on the name of the event that you are interested in attending and fill out the associated form. Each person attending must fill out the form separately. 

Masks: You are required to have a face covering with you, but you are not required to wear it while working outside.

Tools & Gloves: Please bring your own if you are able; staff will bring extra upon request.

Water & Snacks: We will have a water cooler and hot coffee and water for tea. Please bring a reusable water bottle and enough snacks to keep you fueled throughout the event.

Questions: Please feel free to email our Volunteer Coordinator, Madeline Mahler, madeline@whatcomlandtrust.org.

Please understand that if you choose to participate in a work party, you do so at your own risk. While these precautions may reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, that risk still exists. By choosing to volunteer, you are knowingly and accepting the risk of contracting COVID-19.


Liability Waivers
Liability waivers need to be filled out prior to volunteering with Whatcom Land Trust. The liability waiver is good for the remainder of the calendar year (January – December), and a new one will need to be filled out each year after. Both electronic copies and printed copies will be accepted. 
If you are 17 years of age or older, simply fill out the adult liability waiver below. 
Adult Liability Form
Minor Liability Form
How to fill out these forms if a volunteer is under 17 years old: 
– If the volunteer is under 13, a parent will need to sign both the adult liability form and the minor addendum form. 
– If the volunteer is between 13 and 17 years of age, the teenager will sign the adult liability waiver, and a parent will need to sign the minor addendum form.


Capacity: Each work party is limited in size.
RSVP Required: Please click on the name of the event that you are interested in attending and fill out the associated form. Each person attending must fill out the form separately. Please visit the work party page on our website to find the sign up links!
Masks: You are required to have a face covering on you at all times, but you are not required to wear it while working outside and well over 6 feet away from others.
Tools & Gloves: Please bring your own if you are able; staff will only bring extra upon request.
Water & Snacks: We will have a water cooler and hot coffee and water for tea. Please bring a reusable water bottle and enough snacks to keep you fueled throughout the event.
Feeling Sick?: Stay home if you feel any illness symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19! It takes all of us to keep everyone safe.
Questions: Please feel free to email our Volunteer Coordinator, Madeline Mahler, madeline@whatcomlandtrust.org.


2022 Fall Work Parties

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Orca Recovery Day at California Creek with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and Washington Conservation District

Saturday, October 15th (9:00am – Noon)

Our local water residents need your help! Join the Whatcom Land Trust, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) and Washington Conservation District at our California Creek property on Blaine Rd. We will be improving salmon habitat by planting native trees and shrubs adjacent to California Creek. Come help our Orcas!  

Carpool option: California Creek-Blaine Rd is about 25 minutes from Bellingham. If you are interested in joining a carpool, follow this link. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/35rgen

What to expect: Walking a short distance on uneven ground, digging using a shovel, shuttle to and from work site

Directions: From Bellingham- head north on I-5. Take exit 270 toward Birch Bay Lynden Rd, take a left, then follow Birch Bay Lynden Rd to Birch Bay Waterslides parking lot. Look for NSEA WORK PARTY PARKING sign. There will be two shuttles running from the Birch Bay Waterslides parking lot to the work site throughout the event.  

RSVP: Registration is not required for this event.


Make a Difference Day at Ladies of the Lake – Celebration of Life Planting  

Saturday, October 22nd (9:00am-Noon)

Join the Whatcom Land Trust in memory of Dennis Conner at our Ladies of the Lake property on Lake Whatcom. It will be a mix of removing invasive blackberry, planting a tree or two and sharing memories about Dennis Conner. Ladies of the Lake is home to salmon and eagles that would love to have a healthier habitat. We hope to see you at this special event!

Carpool option: Ladies of the Lake is about 30 minutes from Bellingham. If you are interested in joining a carpool, follow this link.  http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/8gbi9w

What to expect: Walking a short distance on uneven ground, digging using a shovel, using tools to remove blackberry, words shared about Dennis Conner

Directions:

From Bellingham- take Interstate 5 South to exit 240 toward Lake Samish Rd. Turn LEFT at Lake Samish Rd, and continue to Alger Cain Lake Rd. Continue on Cain Lake Rd. Turn RIGHT on South Bay Drive/Lake Whatcom Blvd and continue about 3 miles. Ladies of the Lake Preserve will be on your right. Look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust signs!

From Van Zandt – Head SW on Highway 9. Turn right onto Park Rd. Park Rd. slightly turns left and becomes S Bay Drive. Destination will be on your left. Look for purple Whatcom Land Trust signs!

Address: 4101 South Bay Drive

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Trail Reroute at North Fork Eagle Complex

Saturday, November 5th (9:00am – Noon)

If you have ever wanted to dip your toes into trail work, this is your chance! Join the Whatcom Land Trust as we reconnect our washed-out trail on the beautiful North Fork Property. This property attracts many birds of prey because at this point in the Nooksack, a chum salmon life’s cycle come to an end. You never know what we may see out there so you should come on by!  

Carpool option: Whatcom Land Trust’sNorth Fork Eagle Property is about 40 minutes from Bellingham. If you are interested in carpooling, follow this link. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/9h8efq

What to expect: Walking on uneven ground, clearing brush, digging and pruning

Directions: From Bellingham- take Highway 542 east to Welcome. Turn RIGHT on Mosquito Lake Road and travel east over North Fork. Turn LEFT on North Fork Road then in ½ a mile the property will be on the left. Look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust signs!

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


English Ivy Removal at Lower Middle Fork Complex

Saturday, November 12th (9am – Noon)

The Lower Middle Fork Complex is located along the alluvial fan of Canyon Lake Creek and the Middle Fork Nooksack River. The existing native trees and surrounding ground needs your help to be freed of invasive ivy. Come out and see the drastic difference you can make!

Carpool option: TheLower Middle Fork Complex is about 35 minutes from Bellingham. If you are interested in carpooling, follow this link https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/taoieu

What to expect: Walking on uneven ground, pulling roots, digging

Directions: From Bellingham- head east on Mt. Baker Highway to Welcome and turn RIGHT on Mosquito Lake Road. Drive 1.5 miles and look for the purple Whatcom Land Trust sign on the right.

Address: Neighbor’s Driveway at 5391 Mosquito Lake Road, Deming, WA

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Planting and Invasive Removal at Hegg Memorial with Whatcom County Parks and Recreation

Saturday, November 19th (9:00am – Noon)

It is that time of year again when the Kokanee salmon are swimming up the creeks around Whatcom County! Come join Whatcom County Parks and Rec and the Whatcom Land Trust in restoring Hegg Memorial, a Conservation Easement that has public access on Lake Whatcom. We will be doing a mix of planting and removing invasive species to maintain an open path to the lake. Afterwards, you are welcome to join for a short trip to Fir Creek to watch the beautiful Kokanee spawn. See you out there! 

Carpool option: The Hegg Memorial Property is about 35 minutes from Bellingham. There will be limited parking, please carpool if possible. If you are interested in carpooling, follow this link https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/mtjbuv

What to expect: Walking a short distance on uneven ground, digging using a shovel, pulling roots, using tools to remove blackberry

Directions: From Bellingham- Take 1-5 south to Lake Samish Rd. Exit. Turn LEFT onto Lake Samish Rd. and continue onto Alger Cain Lake Rd. After 5 miles, turn RIGHT onto S Bay Drive. After 4 miles, turn LEFT onto Blue Canyon Rd. Property is marked with Whatcom County Park Boundary sign. Look for purple Whatcom Land Trust signs!

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Whatcom Land Trust Office Pollinator Garden Work Party

Tuesday, November 22nd (1:00pm – 4:00pm)

Come hang out with us at our office on 412 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham WA to help plant, prune, weed and do some general cleanup around the office and new pollinator garden out front.

Location: 412 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham WA

Directions: Our office is located across the street from Bellingham City Hall and diagonal from Bellingham Public Library.

RSVP: No need to RSVP for this event, just show up!

Contact: If you have any questions related to this work party or how to get to our office, please email Madeline Mahler at madeline@whatcomlandtrust.org


Trail Reroute at Edfro Creek – CANCELLED

Saturday, December 3rd (Noon – 3 pm)

Come help us improve the trail on Whatcom Land Trust’s Edfro Creek property. We will be clearing vegetation, and completing other trail tasks. This property is mostly a forested riparian zone full of active wildlife, vibrant plants and a beautiful creek. We will see you there, weather permitting of course!

Carpool option: Edfro Creek is about 45 minutes from Bellingham. If you are interested in carpooling, follow this link https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/bronwi

What to expect: Walking on uneven ground, digging, pruning vegetation, grading gravel

Directions: From Bellingham- Take Highway 542 east past Deming. Turn RIGHT on to Highway 9 towards Acme. Turn LEFT on Saxon Road, then before crossing Skookum Creek, there will be a gravel pullout to your right, park here. Parking is across the street from the Skookum Creek Fish Hatchery. Look for purple Whatcom Land Trust signs!

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Planting at California Creek Bridge WayCANCELLED

Saturday, December 10th (9:00am – Noon)

Come help Whatcom Land Trust with improving our new California Creek property! We will be restoring salmon and bird habitat by planting native trees and shrubs along the creek. Put your green thumb on and come on out!

Carpool option: California Creek- Bridge Way is about 40 minutes from Bellingham. If you are interested in carpooling, follow this link https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/pmvknx

What to expect: Walking a short distance on uneven ground, digging using a shovel

Directions: From Bellingham- head north on I-5 and take exit 270, turning LEFT on Birch Bay – Lynden Road. Turn RIGHT onto Portal Way then after 1.5 miles turn LEFT on Loomis Trail Road. After 1 mile on Loomis Trail Rd. turn LEFT onto Bridge Way. Look for purple WLT signs!

Address: 8480 Bridge Way, Blaine, WA 98230

RSVP: Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Sign up here!


Volunteer with our local partners!

Our local partners use volunteers to steward the land year-round. To find out more about the work parties organized by our partners, visit:

Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition
https://www.wmbcmtb.org
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
https://www.n-sea.org
Whatcom County Parks and Recreation
https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1787/Parks-Recreation



Past Work Parties

California Creek Timberline Work Party

Saturday, May 22nd: We cut blackberry, grubbed blackberry, and cut tree branches to prevent blackberry from climbing up the trees. 

Earth Day Work Party at Bell Creek

Saturday, April 24th: Volunteers at the Bell Creek Work Party removed English Ivy, Periwinkle and Blackberry.

Earth Day Work Party at Maple Creek Reach

Saturday, April 24th: Volunteers worked to clear about 150 square feet of invasive scotch broom from around plantings at our Maple Creek Reach property. It was amazing to see the difference that just one person made removing this incredibly invasive species! Even though it rained, everyone was happy to be working on the land for Earth Day.  


Pratum (Lake Whatcom Watershed)

March 20th, 2021: Volunteers removed about 75 square feet of Vinca Minor (Common name: Periwinkle). The weather held for us and we enjoyed the walk through the property, even stopping to give volunteers an opportunity to enjoy a waterfall.

Lower Middle Fork Complex

March 6th, 2021: We had a great time pulling out invasive English ivy

Bell Creek

December 12th, 2020: We removed English ivy, Vinca (Periwinkle), and blackberry.

Fenton Reserve

December 5th, 2020: We had a great tree planting party at the Fenton Reserve. Everyone enjoyed themselves!

Maple Creek Reach Reserve

November 6th, 2020: We removed a lot of Scotch Broom at Maple Creek Reach. See before and after photos.

Halloween Work Party at Kelsey

October 31st: We planted about 80 trees today at Kelsey! It was a perfect Fall day for planting and the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the sunshine. 

Make a Difference Day Work Parties

Lower Middle Fork Complex

October 24th: During the coldest day this fall, our volunteers helped remove an entire truck bed full of ivy along a creek bank. Thank You!

White Deer Work Party

October 24th: We had volunteers and staff remove ALL of the (known) patches of invasive Archangel from White Deer! Garbage was also picked up from across the property and Kokanee are not in Austin Creek yet! 

Lower Middle Fork Complex

February 29th: We planted 105 trees and removed English ivy from trees and on the ground.

Lower Middle Fork Complex

December 14th: We had seven people show up and planted/blue-tubed 151 trees!! We even got to mulch some!

Work Party at Kelsey

December 7th: Work Party at Kelsey: We planted and blue-tubed more than 200 trees along Butler Creek, and installed caging on the cedars for protection from deer browsing.

Work Party at California Creek

November 16th: Thanks to everybody who showed up at California Creek despite the rain! Together with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and the Washington Conservation District we planted nearly 300 trees.

Alcoa Work Party at Kelsey

November 8th: Thanks to everyone from Alcoa who came out to Kelsey to get some trees planted!

Superfeet Work Party at Wild Cat Reach

October 11th: A huge thank you to Superfeet for sponsoring this work party! With their help and some awesome Superfeet volunteers we got 500 trees planted at Wild Cat Reach.

Planting Party at Maple Creek Reach

October 5th: Returning to Maple Creek Reach today we planted trees along Maple Creek. Lucky attendees even got to see spawning Pink salmon in the river!