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IMAGEine MySelf

event date: July 17, 2021

IMAGEine MySelf (IM): A creative family journey of self-discovery into the world of nature through photographic arts and storytelling. IM builds on the Love This Land theme at beautiful and inspiring Whatcom Land Trust properties.

Journey of self-discovery: Skookum Creek by Ham Hayes
Skookum Creek by Ham Hayes

Personal Opportunities include:

  • Learn camera and storytelling skills that will help your family capture and share the joy, wonder and relationships of Nature.
  • Deepen multi-generational communication and understanding by participating in adult/student pair discovery teams.
  • Get outside and have some fun.

 IMAGEine MySelf was initially conceived as a means of using nature photography to guide students in seventh through twelfth grades to connect with nature in a creative and confidence building way. We have shared this experience with students from Assumption School, Explorations High School, and the Sedro Woolley Library system. Working with the Whatcom Land Trust we are the program to allow students and their adult others to share this exciting creative experience together.

Each family team in this weekend program will be taught creative photographic and storytelling skills by knowledgeable mentors and develop proficiency in the following areas:

Imaging techniques and use of photographic Technology
Creating a family narrative through images and writing
Collaborating in youth-adult teams
Self-reflection, self-discovery, and self-management
Presentation skills and techniques

  1. This program will be offered four times over the Summer and early Fall on a first come first serve basis.
  2. Each offering has space and cameras (provided by IM) for 5 teams.
  3. We are asking for family teams of one adult (parent, grand-parent or surrogate parent) and one student (from 7th to 12th grade).
  4. There is a $20.00 per family fee to cover administration and maintenance costs.

Day one: 8 hours at the selected Whatcom Land Trust site (The first site will be Skookum Creek)
4 hours learning camera techniques (experiential lab)
4 hours capturing images

Day two: 2 hours - An evening zoom call on how to select and assemble image based stories

Day three: 2 hours – An evening zoom call presenting the selected images of each team.

Dates for each session are:

Session 1:

June 19 Skookum Creek
June 20 Skookum Creek (rain day)
June 21 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
June 23 Zoom (presentation)


Session 2:

July 17 Land Trust site TBD
July 18 Land Trust site TBD (rain day)
July 19 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
July 21 Zoom (presentation)


Session 3:

August 21 Land Trust site TBD
August 22 Land Trust site TBD (rain day)
August 23 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
August 25 Zoom (presentation)


Session 4:

September 18 Land Trust site TBD
September 19 Land Trust site TBD (rain day)
September 20 Zoom (how to select and assemble)
September 22 Zoom (presentation)


To register please contact:
Ham Hayes (hamhayes@outlook.com)
Or Doug Banner (dougbanner@comcast.net>

Fee: $20 per team. Cash or Check (payable to The Centre for The New Human), payable one week in advance of registered session.

What's the Point?

event date: May 27, 2021

Live Beach Event

Thursday, May 27th 2021 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Via Zoom webinar

Registration is required, please click here to access the registration page.

We will hold a live zoom event featuring educators and naturalists from four beaches around the Bellingham area. Tune in if you want to learn about the best beaches to visit at low tide, local community science projects, and cool beach critters! After the event, we encourage you to use the website tools and your new knowledge to go enjoy the super low tides over Memorial Day Weekend! Send us photos of the beautiful areas you visit or the cool critters you find so we can add them to our photo gallery.

Q&A Panel with Beach Naturalists

Tuesday, June 1st 2021

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Via Zoom webinar

Registration is required, please click here to access the registration link.

We will follow our live beach event with a Q&A panel where you can ask our experts any questions you have regarding beach critters, the intertidal zone, and anything else that comes up for you as you explore the beach and the website. We encourage you to submit photos of species you want help identifying, our beach naturalists might be able to help!

Visit their website for more information on this event

https://youtu.be/dewazQxt2jU

Learn about the geology of Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve from David Bean. The area is part of the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. Find out about this and much more when you register for the Live Beach Event. See more videos here

https://youtu.be/DN6x4vqDmo8

Volunteer Land Steward Training

event date: May 19, 2021

Volunteer Land Steward Training – Virtual
Wednesday, May 19th (4pm to 6pm)
A Volunteer Land Steward adopts a property and monitors on a regular basis; being the eyes and the ears of the Land Trust. A report is submitted once every three months on your findings, including notable plants and animals seen, amount and type of human traffic, and any potential issues that need a staff intervention before it worsens. New volunteers and seasoned stewards alike can attend this virtual training to learn about the rewards of adopting a property, tips for monitoring, and advice on submitting a report. At the end of the training, you will have the opportunity to fully commit to becoming a Volunteer Land Steward by filling out a property placement questionnaire. Shortly after, staff will take you on your first site visit to show you around your property! Please RSVP to receive further information and the virtual link for the training.

Please RSVP to Jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org 

Conservation Conversations

event date: May 6, 2021

This is a free event. Registration is required.

An interactive opportunity to find out more about the important work the Land Trust is doing in our community including;

  • How the Land Trust is working to mitigate the effects of climate change
  • Ways we are protecting our watershed
  • Opportunities to get involved

Thursday, May 6th from 5:30 to 6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
Register here for this event
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Make sure you have the latest version of Zoom installed so that you can participate fully! You can download it here.

Earth Day Events 2021

event date: April 24, 2021

Attend a work party, grab a pint, bid on an auction item and see a movie!


Whatcom Land Trust along with our partners have an Earth Day week chocked full of exciting activities.

Join an Earth Day Work Party 


Come and celebrate Earth Day with us at one of our two Work Parties on Saturday, April 24th (9am - Noon)

Get your hands dirty: Ivy & Vinca Removal at Bell Creek
Flex your muscles: Scotch Broom Removal at Maple Creek Reach 

Find out more and how to participate here


Grab a Pint

Come join us on Wednesday April 21st at Kulshan Brewery. They will be hosting a Pint Night at their K2 location to benefit Whatcom Land Trust. Be sure to stop by for a win-win of local beer and land conservation! 


Come Celebrate Earth Day at our Spring Event and Online Auction!


Celebrating Stories of our Resilient Nature

Online Silent Auction:  April 17 through April 23

We are excited to offer an online auction featuring curated artworks, beer baskets, weekend getaways, kayak tours, and more! You won’t want to miss out!

Live Stream Event: April 22, Earth Day! 7pm 

We are looking forward to getting together with you – to share stories, an evening of gratitude and appreciation, and the Land Trust’s latest wins and upcoming projects. 

Guest speaker Satpal Sidhu, Whatcom County Executive

Find out more about this event here


The Whatcom Land Trust is proud to co-sponsor the movie Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground Free Film Screening and Discussion

The Pickford Film Center in partnership with many community co-sponsors* will present a free online screening of the acclaimed documentary Kiss the Ground April 16 – 25 in honor of Earth day 2021. You can find tickets and more information about the film and sponsors at the PickfordKISS THE GROUND - EARTH DAY 2021 - Pickford Film Center

Kiss the Ground is a powerful documentary exploring soil regeneration and its place as a solution to our planet’s climate crisis. This screening is made possible through grant funds and the generous support of Kiss the Ground and RoCo Films. More about the film here

Sustainable Connections is coordinating a film discussion and farmer panel that will tie the film’s content to our local context.  The event is scheduled for 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 24.
You can RSVP for the film panel, and find out more information at Sustainable Connections. 

Commemorate Freedom on Juneteenth

event date: June 19, 2021

Saturday, June 19th 2021

Whatcom Land Trust invites you to join Outdoor Afro in an outdoor reflection in commemoration of Juneteenth and share your thoughts with them. The question we ask ourselves is: “What does freedom mean to me in America?”

On June 19th, 2021, visit a nearby park, forest, beach, or your backyard to spend two-and-a-half hours in nature in honor of the two-and-a-half years freedom was denied for 250,000 enslaved people in Galveston, Texas.

Whatcom Land Trust welcomes you to use a land trust protected property as a safe place to reflect.

After gathering your thoughts on your web-enabled device, please visit www.outdoorafro.com/juneteenth2021 and submit your reflections. These reflections may be published and shared with the public.

Register Here

About Juneteenth
June 19th, 1865 is the date when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were freed from bondage, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect—an injustice.

Juneteenth is an annual recognition of that moment.

Learn More about Juneteeth from the National Museum of African American History and Culture https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth

About Outdoor Afro: Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. They are a national not for profit organization with leadership networks around the country. With more than 80 leaders in 42 cities around the country, they connect thousands of people to nature experiences, who are changing the face of conservation. So come out in nature with us, or be a partner to help us grow our work so that we can help lead the way for inclusion in outdoor recreation, nature, and conservation for all.

Spring Event

event date: April 22, 2021

Celebrating "Stories of our Resilient Nature"


Online Silent Auction: April 17 through April 23
We are excited to offer an online auction featuring curated artworks, beer baskets, weekend getaways, kayak tours, and more! You won’t want to miss out!
Our Auction is now live! Click here to start your bidding now!

Livestream Event: April 22, Earth Day! 7pm to 7:45pm
We are looking forward to getting together with you virtually – to share stories, an evening of gratitude and appreciation, and the Land Trust’s latest wins and upcoming projects.

Whatcom Land Trust is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: WLT Earth Week Livestream
Time: Apr 22, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89759726776?pwd=YVhYWVEzRVBEQkxlQm9rOWVhcG4xZz09

Meeting ID: 897 5972 6776
Passcode: 731356

Guest Speaker: Satpal Sidhu, Whatcom County Executive
Satpal will be speaking about his environmental initiatives and partnerships between Whatcom County and the Land Trust.

Open Art Walk: Our auction has a variety of beautiful artworks that you won’t want to miss! COVID conscious, in-person viewing of these works will be available at the Whatcom Land Trust office during the dates and times listed below (no appointment necessary):

Monday April 19 - 4pm-6:30pm 

Tuesday April 20 - 11am-2pm 

Wednesday April 21 - 11am-2pm

Thursday April 22 - 9am - 12pm

Here's a preview of event activities

Field Friday at Maple Creek Reach

event date: February 5, 2021

February 5th at Maple Creek Reach (9am to 3pm)
Yes, you read that right! Two Field Fridays just months apart at the same location. Well, we need your help on this 110-acre property! This property has undergone a great deal of habitat restoration and contains one of the most impressive creeks in Whatcom County that provides spawning habitat for all five Pacific salmon species. Join us for this Field Friday to remove Scotch broom, learn more about the property, and take a look at the confluence to the North Fork Nooksack River. Boots are recommended for the creek crossings at the end of the day! 
Tools Suggested: Pulaski, shovel, and/or loppers (staff has 4 weed wrenches).
Directions: From Bellingham, take Mt. Baker Highway east to Maple Falls. Once through Maples Falls, follow the highway for two sharp bends followed by crossing Maple Creek. The entrance to the property will be on the right hand side at the bend in the highway after a straightaway. Look for the purple WLT sign! 

To RSVP and for Covid 19 updates see our Field Friday page

Field Friday at Ladies of the Lake

event date: January 8, 2021

January 8th at Ladies of the Lake (9am to 3pm)
We will be removing blackberry from restoration plantings on our Ladies of the Lake property. This is a 100-acre property in the Lake Whatcom Watershed and contains riparian habitat along Fir Creek, a stream utilized by Kokanee, an open field, and a steep forested hillside. If we’re lucky, we will see several bald eagles!
Tools Suggested: Loppers, hand pruners, and/or shovel (for digging blackberry roots).
Directions: From Bellingham, head out Lakeway Drive and continue through the Geneva and Sudden Valley Neighborhoods. At the fork in the road near Wildwood, stay to the left and continue on S Bay Drive for another 2.5 miles. The property will be on the right, just before crossing the railroad tracks.

To RSVP and for Covid 19 update see our Field Friday page

Hawk Watching in Western Washington

event date: January 12, 2021
Sue baby kestrel
Sue with baby kestrel

Join Sue Cottrell for a five session class, “Hawk Watching in Western Washington”. 

This class will teach you about the 15 species of diurnal raptors that can be found in western WA, emphasizing field identification and the particularly fascinating element of winter behavior. It will also cover raptor terminology, migration, the daily and annual cycle, birding ethics, equipment and birding guides. Instructor Sue Cottrell has studied raptors and guided outdoor trips for over 30 years, and has a vast knowledge of local populations.

The five sessions will be presented via Zoom beginning at 6:30 pm and run approximately 1 1/2 hours, starting on Tuesday January 12, 2021. If needed, we will offer the same class on Thursday evenings.

In addition to the five Zoom sessions, we hope that you may have the opportunity to participate in a day-long field trip on the Skagit and Samish Flats. These areas are nationally recognized for harboring hundreds of wintering birds of prey. Historically, field trips offered in conjunction with classroom sessions have been a great opportunity for students to practice identifying raptors in the field, guided by Sue's expertise and assistance.  Nevertheless, Covid restrictions may either prevent us from conducting field trips this year, or offering field trips conducted in ways different from those held in the past.  Everyone’s safety is our most important consideration.

The 5-week Zoom session fee is $100 per person. If we are able to offer the all day field trip the fee of $50 per person will be collected at a later date.

To complete your registration, send check, along with email address and phone number to Raptor Studies NW, P.O. Box 85, Bow, WA 98232. Contact Sue at raptorstudiesnw@gmail.com with any questions.

View our past events to find out what Whatcom Land Trust has been doing throughout the year. Our main event is our Spring Benefit in May.