2021 Whatcom Water Week Events

Please check the event you are interested in prior to attending to confirm details and ensure the event has not been canceled out of concern for public health and safety given the recent surge in covid cases.

We Scoop Photo Contest and Prize Drawing

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event

Submit your best photo of your dog and/or enter to win super handy scooping prizes! During the whole month of September, dog owners are invited to take or renew their pledge to "scoop every poop and put it in the trash!" Pledgers are automatically entered in the We Scoop Prize Drawing to win their choice of a Scooping at Home Prize Pack (includes a long-handled scooper and light-up collar) or a Scooping on Walks Prize Pack (includes a pack out waist pack, 20 rolls of bags, and a light-up collar).

Do you think you're dog's a cutie? Submit your best picture in our contest. Your dog may star in future We Scoop flyers, posters and ads. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards and prizes given for Judge's Choice and People's Choice. Everyone is welcome to vote in the People's Choice poll in October at www.facebook.com/WeScoopBellingham.


Pledge anytime and enter the contests through Sept. 30th at www.cob.org/scooppoop or www.whatcomcounty.us/scooppoop.

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Self-Guided Lake Whatcom Tour

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event

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Learn more about Lake Whatcom while visiting the Hertz Trail along Lake Whatcom's northern shoreline. Informational signs about the Lake's history, facts, and stewardship opportunities will be posted along the trail for adult and kid hikers to enjoy. Please remember to recreate responsibly by picking up after your pets, staying on the trail, and carrying out your trash to keep the lake litter-free.

Information: Cynthia May, cmay@cob.org

Credit: Kristin Lunderville

Self-Guided Stormwater Discovery Tours

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event

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Follow the path of rain after it falls! Keeping rainwater clean after it falls is a big responsibility in our urban landscapes. Discover where all that rainwater goes on Bellingham’s Stormwater Discovery Tours. Explore our urban and parkland areas while learning how we work hard to keep the water clean, filter out pollutants, and prevent flooding.

You'll find tour sites in 5 areas of Bellingham: Squalicum Creek Park, Bloedel Donovan Park, the Railroad Trail, Fairhaven, and Downtown Bellingham. Visit stormwater.cob.org to start exploring! Let our mobile-friendly site be your guide with maps, historical photos, and underground drawings that uncover the mysteries of these unassuming stormwater features working hard to protect our waters

Restoring Squalicum Creek Video

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event


In honor of Whatcom Water Week, the City of Bellingham encourages our community to learn about important water quality and habitat restoration work happening in the Squalicum Creek watershed by watching our new 7-minute video, “Restoring Squalicum Creek”. You can view the video at cob.org/squalicum-creek-reroute. We welcome any questions you have about Squalicum Creek and the City’s restoration work at habitat@cob.org. Your questions will be answered by project experts and wetland biologists. We hope to be able to offer an in-person event at the Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 and 4 project site in 2022

Run with the Chums

September 11

9:30am - 12:30 pm


Join the Chums of Terrell Creek to celebrate Healthy Water, Healthy Habitat and Healthy People at the 9th Annual Run with the Chums 5K Fun Run! There will be three 5K start times this year (9:30am, 10:00am, & 10:30am) to safely spread out the participants. A Kids Smolt Sprint Obstacle Course will start 15min before each start time. Registration is free, and all ages are welcome! 

Register Here: https://whatcomcd.org/run-with-the-chums.

Register for your start time, before September 3rd to receive your FREE Run with the Chums t-shirt on race day (sizes available while supplies last)! Race day registration will also be available.

Salmon Sighting

September 11 and September 12

11:00am - 2:00 pm

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Celebrate the biennial return of Pacific pink salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along Thompson Creek in Glacier, WA. Viewing opportunities are open-house style as well as free, fun and family-friendly. Salmon-themed activities and prizes await! Anyone and everyone is invited to join us, we just ask that you please leave dogs at home.

Contact: Sarah Brown, sbrown@n-sea.org

Preschool Storytime with Julie - Virtual Event!

Join Julie for fun stories and songs about water. This storytime event hosted by Bellingham Public Library is for children ages 3-5. Storytimes are pre-recorded and can be accessed with a one-time registration here: https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/storytimes.

September 13

Pre-recorded storytime accessible all day


Poop Fairy Visits!

The Poop Fairy will be visiting different parks around the county during Water Week to thank dog owners for keeping our local waterways clean.  So if you're walking your furry friend during Water Week, be sure to scoop the poop and be on the lookout for the Poop Fairy! Learn more at www.whatcomcounty.us/scooppoop.

September 13 - 17

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Bellingham Bay Restoration Walking Tour

The Bellingham Waterfront is being transformed beneath our very eyes. This land was once dominated by heavy industries that were largely inaccessible to the public but now people stroll through this area visiting a park, pump track, cafe, and pub. Are you curious to know what these past industries were and how the cleanup process is being carried out? Join us on this Bellingham Bay Waterfront walking tour and learn from local experts about this remarkable piece of land - past, present, and future. The tour will start and stop at Way Point Park - look for the blue canopies.  All are welcome.  Please RSVP at https://p2a.co/GFIKghd.

Information: Kirsten McDade, kirstenm@re-sources.org

September 15

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Little Storytime with Bernice - Virtual Event!

Join Bernice for fun stories and songs about water. This storytime event hosted by Bellingham Public Library is for children ages birth to 3. Storytimes are pre-recorded and can be accessed with a one-time registration here: https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/storytimes.

September 15

Pre-recorded storytime accessible all day


Preschool Storytime with Mandee - Virtual Event!

Join Mandee for fun brain building stories and songs about water. This storytime event hosted by Bellingham Public Library is for children ages 3-5. Storytimes are pre-recorded and can be accessed with a one-time registration here: https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/storytimes.

September 16

Pre-recorded storytime accessible all day


Maple Creek Reach Restoration Party

Please join American Rivers and Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) for scotch broom removal at WLT’s Maple Creek Reach property, located about 45 minutes east of Bellingham on Mount Baker Highway. Through the restoration efforts of WLT and many community members, this property has been transformed from a once overexposed and damaged area of salmon habitat, to a beautifully planted riparian zone for the benefit of many wildlife species. Adjacent to the site, American Rivers, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, WLT, and other partners are working to develop a safe, sustainable river access site for the community to enjoy. All are invited to help steward the property and learn more about the proposed river access site at Maple Creek. All ages are welcome to join the restoration work party removing invasive Scotch broom and learning more about the property.
Please RSVP to
jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org. Parking and other details will be provided when you RSVP.

September 18

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Community Work Party at Whatcom Creek by City Hall

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Celebrate Whatcom Water Week with the City of Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program and the Bellingham Kiwanis as we work to restore salmon habitat and cleanup this well-loved trail behind City Hall.
All ages and abilities welcome! Participants under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Tools, gloves, and instructions are provided. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes and your mask. Parking information and reminders will be emailed to registered participants. If you sign up, please show up

This event has been cancelled due to staffing shortages caused by Covid-19.  

International Coastal Cleanup in Whatcom

Join the International Coastal Cleanup from 10 - noon on Saturday, September 18th at a local beach near you! Help the Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider Northwest Straits Chapter, Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, RE Sources, and Port of Bellingham to collect community science data on what's being found on beaches all over the world. Free t-shirts will be given away to volunteers while supplies last! All ages are welcome. We'll supply the cleanup equipment, you just need to bring yourself and dress for being on the beach rain or shine. Locations include: Locust Beach; I&J Waterway; and Marine Park. If you can't make it, feel free to do your own cleanup and submit your data!
For more information, email Eleanor Hines at

September 18

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Water Week Pop Up at Waypoint Park

Take a minute to stop by and connect with City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department staff as we celebrate Whatcom Water Week at Waypoint Park with some water-related crafts, activities, and outreach material. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free family-friendly pop up event! Look for our blue canopy located near the playground. Please bring & wear your mask

Questions? Contact lmwoodmansee@cob.org or 360-778-7000.

September 18

11:00 am - 2:00 pm


The celebration of water and its importance
doesn't end with Whatcom Water Week!


End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock with Honor Thy Mother

Director Shannon Kring captures the heroic spirt of Indigenous women risking it all to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, a project with potentially disastrous environmental ramifications on Native soil. Against many obstacles, these women stand firm. + Short: Honor Thy Mother is the untold story of 36 Aboriginal women from Canada and Native women from tribes in Washington and Alaska who migrated to Bainbridge Island, the traditional territory of the Suquamish people, in the early 1940s.*CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival Presents. Director Lucy Ostrander of Honor Thy Mother in person, 10/17. 97m + 31m. Unrated.

Pickford Film Center

October 11, 7:45pm

October 17, 2:30pm


The Long Coast

Pickford Film Center

October 25, 5:30pm

October 28, 3:30pm

A lyrical and impactful study of the coast of Maine, its watery ecosystem and the hardy folks who earn a living from it, told in five chapters that detail both the triumphs and challenges of a rapidly changing way of life. Deceptively simple and decidedly beautiful.  80 min. Unrated.

Bellingham SeaFeast

Bellingham SeaFeast is a waterfront and seafood festival taking place on October 30th.  Festival events will be posted on the Bellingham SeaFeast website.

October 30