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Upcoming Certified Parkscriptions Program Events:
The Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program empowers our community to have the tools, knowledge, and skills to care for, restore, and protect Bellingham’s parks, trails, and open spaces. The COB provides the tools, gloves and instruction. You wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and be ready to have fun!
February 8, 9 a.m. – noon: Maritime Heritage Park
February 15, 9 a.m. – noon: Fairhaven Park
February 22, 9 a.m. – noon: Bay to Baker Trail
February 29, 9 a.m. – noon: Cornwall Park (South) and Rose Garden
Bellingham Parks and Recreation and Recreation Northwest are partnering to provide this new program. Meet new friends, learn new trails, stay fit and have fun! Each week depart from Arne Hanna Aquatic Center and explore a nearby trail, Greenways path or park. Walks will gradually get longer (maximum 2.5 miles) and possibly gain a small amount of elevation by program’s end. Bring your walking shoes, water bottle and walking sticks (optional) and fill your weekly Parkscription! Free / All Ages.
Mondays, Feb 10, 17, 24: 9 a.m. 10 a.m
Discover nature through your child’s eyes! Wild Things is a fun, sensory-filled adventure! Explore nature at a child’s pace, searching for animal evidence and signs of the season. Wild Things is designed for young children and their adults, but all ages are welcome.
Friday, February 7, 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Friday, February 28, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 8, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
There’s something special – and really fun – about exploring at night under a full moon, especially with a pack of wild ladies! Ladies Night Out is co-created by the women who attend. Each outing has a different, distinctive flavor. Come get a little moonlight in your eyes and bask in a moonbeam in good company. They’ll bring the chocolate. You bring your sense of adventure! Click the link above to register and for more details.
Join us at Fairhaven Park to keep up the Native Plant Gardens, this is a great opportunity for volunteers to invest in the health of our community forest. Afterwards, we convene at Stones Throw Brewery to wind up the afternoon.
Saturday, February 15th
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fairhaven Park
12:30 – 1:30 pm Stones Throw Brewery
Join Shifting Gears in taking over the outdoors the week (Saturday, February 29th – Sunday, March 8th) leading up to International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th.
Saturday, February 29th Wild Womxn: Adventure Film Night 6 p.m – 10 p.m.
Shifting Gears and Boundary Bay Brewery present a night of short films featuring womxn from various outdoor sports. This is an opportunity for everyone to come together to celebrate womxn who are adventuring and pushing boundaries in the outdoors. Doors will open at 6pm with plenty of time to mingle, purchase drinks, and enter the raffle. This event is open to all. Location: The Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery.
Follow the link above for more events.
These self-guided courses have designated start point with a start box for registration and walk directions. Different host clubs handle their sites and registration materials in different ways. If you are new to Volkswalking, the best way to experience your first Year-Round Walk is to go with someone form the local club. Typically, Year-Round WAlks start in a public place (like grocery stores, hospitals, or convenience stores), where you find the start-box with a registration sheet and trail maps. Once you are familiar with how they work, you can walk by yourself, with a friend or in a group. Link above for various locations in Whatcom County.
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Ecopsychology: How Immersion in Nature Benefits Your Health – YaleEnvironment360
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery
—air, mountains, trees, people.
I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
— Sylvia Plath