2020 Whatcom Water Week Events

Explore Some More! All Ages!

Your virtual passport to the many adventures during Whatcom Water Week.

Enter codes from participating Whatcom Water Week events you attend to be entered into a prize drawing. Event descriptions identify Explore Some More! events and provide information on how the passport code will be provided. Attend the event, get the code, then click on this Explore Some More! passport link to enter.  Each passport code will get you one entry into the drawing. The more events you participate in the more entries you have!  Limits: one entry per person per event and one prize per person.  In addition to the prize drawing, Salish Sea stickers are available to all Explore Some More! passport participants who request them, while supplies last.

Enter your passport codes by September 23, 2020 to be eligible for the prize drawing on September 28, 2020.

We Scoop Prize Drawing & Dog Photo Contest

August 1- September 30

7th ANNUAL WE SCOOP PHOTO CONTEST: This popular contest is back. This time it's open to all Whatcom County residents AND the winners will get prizes! Send up to 3 of your best photos of your dog to nreducation@cob.org along with your dog's name and your own name. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards and prizes given for both Judge's Choice and People's Choice. People's Choice voting begins on Oct. 15 at www.facebook.com/wescoopbellingham.

ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY: Open to any dog-owning resident of Whatcom County that has pledged to scoop the poop. Rules and details can be found at www.cob.org/scooppoop (residents within Bellingham city limits) and www.whatcomcounty.us/scooppoop (Whatcom County residents outside of Bellingham). Entries accepted Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.

Bellingham Bay Toxic Cleanup Walking or Biking Tour AND Scavenger Hunt

All Week Long! September 12-19

Did you know Bellingham Bay used to be an industrial center for 100 years, with activity from pulp mills, gas plants, and more leaving toxic materials behind? Learn about the Bay’s history and its 12 toxic cleanup sites with this self-guided digital tour map. Take a walk, bike, or paddle to these oft-overlooked spots along our waterfront. It’s a great way to get outdoors and get connected to this place we call home, and learn about how it’s being cleaned up for the future. And while you're taking the tour, participate in the scavenger hunt! Answer 12 of the 15 questions correctly and win a $25 gift certificate to the RE Store.  Explore Some More! passport code will be given to participants upon completion of the scavenger hunt.
Map: https://www.re-sources.org/2020/04/take-a-self-guided-tour-of-bellinghams-waterfront/
Scavenger Hunt: https://forms.gle/L5nRXUvxJXxqVi2E6

Edfro Creek Reserve - Scavenger Hunt

All Week Long! September 12-19

All ages are welcome to participate in this self-guided scavenger hunt through Whatcom Land Trust\'s protected Edfro Creek Reserve along the South Fork of the Nooksack River. The gravel trail is approximately a mile long (though the trail continues further) and relatively flat with a small creek crossing or two. The property features beautiful views of the South Fork, Edfro Creek, large Sitka spruce trees, a beaver-created wetland, and is home to various plants and animals. We will post the scavenger hunt list on our website under the community engagement page (https://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/community-engagement/) on September 11th and you have all of Whatcom Water Week to complete it! Explore Some More! passport code will be provided after a copy (in any form) of the self-guided scavenger hunt list is emailed to Anna@WhatcomLandTrust.org.

Great Whatcom Trash Cleanup: Pandemic Edition

All Week Long! September 12-19

Our community can keep waterways cleaner during COVID, a time when increased use of single-use items has led to worse plastic pollution and litter entering our waters.  Join us in cleaning up Whatcom County and its waterways in the first annual (we hope) Great Whatcom Trash Clean Up! Anyone can participate but we are calling all 4th and 5th grade classrooms specifically to make a difference in their community! Can your classroom pick up the most litter and win a stewardship kit? (Supplies include enough tools/supplies for the entire classroom to participate in future stewardship projects: stormwater plantings, waste audits, and other litter clean-ups!) Or do you want to enter as an individual?  You could win your own personal kit and a gift certificate for some local ice cream!  Explore Some More! passport code will be given to participants upon completion of the Google form to post pictures of your cleaning up.

Click here for a full description of the event and registration information. A downloadable flyer is available here.

Self-Guided Lake Whatcom Tour

All Week Long! September 12 - 19 (Note: Signs will not be posted until the afternoon of Sat., Sept. 12)

Learn more about Lake Whatcom while hiking the Chanterelle Trail, one of the watershed's most spectacular trails.

Informational signs about the Lake's history, facts, and stewardship opportunities will be posted along the trail for adult and kid hikers to enjoy. Find your Explore Some More! passport code at the top of this 2.4-mile moderate climb, along with a stunning view of Lake Whatcom and its surrounding watershed. Please recreate responsibly to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing, wearing a face covering when needed, and staying home if you feel sick. For additional health guidelines, visit Whatcom County’s Parks and Recreation webpage.

Photo Credit: Lou Nicksic

Self-Guided Stormwater Discovery Tours

All Week Long! September 12-19

Follow the path of rain after it falls! Living in the Pacific Northwest, we love the rain because it makes our community green and vibrant. 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.

These tours are self-guided. You'll find tour sites in 5 parts of Bellingham: Squalicum Creek Park, Bloedel Donovan Park, trails around Barkley village, Fairhaven, and Downtown Bellingham. Visit https://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.  The Explore Some More! passport code will pop up when you arrive at the Stormwater Discovery Tours website.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, please recreate responsibly by social distancing, wearing a face covering when needed and staying home if you feel sick. For additional health guidelines, visit Whatcom County Department of Health's COVID-19 website.

Update on the Middle Fork Nooksack Fish Passage Project

All Week Long! September 12-19

The Middle Fork Nooksack Fish Passage project is well underway, poised to open up 16 miles of pristine fish habitat this fall. The result of years of effort and partnership by the Nooksack Indian Tribe, Lummi Nation, City of Bellingham, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, American Rivers, conservation organizations and state and federal agencies, the Middle Fork Nooksack River Fish Passage Project will restore habitat for threatened steelhead, bull trout, and Chinook salmon, a vital food source to endangered southern resident killer whales. During Whatcom Water Week, learn more about this historic project by viewing this USFSW Restoring a River of Life storymap and visit the City of Bellingham project website to see current construction photos, then come back for future updates as the project wraps up later this year.

 

To receive your Explore Some More! Virtual Passport code, after reviewing the storymap and project website, send an email with your favorite fact you learned to nreducation@cob.org

Virtual Run with the Chums

All Week Long! September 12-19

Join us (virtually) for the 8th Annual Run with the Chums! This year we will celebrate Healthy Water, Healthy Habitat and Healthy People through a virtual race. The 2020 event will take place during Whatcom Water Week, Sept 12-19th.
While we will miss gathering with you all at the BP Highlands, we hope you can use this virtual race opportunity to create your own watershed adventure!

Register before Sept 4th to receive a race packet with a FREE Run with the Chums headband, conservation pledge and more.  If you register after September 4th, you must pick up your race packet at the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center at 7900 Birch Bay Dr, Blaine, WA 98230. Pick up will be available September 12-19th, 9am to noon.  Click here for more information and to register: https://www.whatcomcd.org/run-with-the-chums

Water Week Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

All Week Long! September 12-19

Water infrastructure is everywhere in your neighborhood, helping keep out City clean and safe. Take a walk around your neighborhood and see if you can spot all the items on the City of Bellingham Water Week Scavenger Hunt list

 

Recommended ages 4-10; scavenger hunt can be performed in any urban neighborhood though items on list are known to exist within City of Bellingham.  To receive your Explore Some More! Virtual Passport code, after searching outside for signs of water, send an email with how you pledge to keep our water clean to waterschool@cob.org.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, please recreate responsibly by social distancing, wearing a face covering when needed and staying home if you feel sick. For additional health guidelines, visit Whatcom County Department of Health's COVID-19 website.

September 12, 2020

LIVE INTERACTIVE GAME: Around the House Water Scavenger Hunt

10:00am

LIVE INTERACTIVE GAME: Around the House Water Scavenger Hunt – learn about the three water systems; drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater while searching around your home for items that fit Bellingham’s water system facts. Recommended ages 5-12.  The Explore Some More! passport code will be shared at the end of the game.

To register and receive a secure zoom link and password to join the game, email waterschool@cob.org

September 12, 2020

Virtual Birch Bay State Park Beach Walk

1:00 - 2:00pm

Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum (GSSC) will host a virtual beach walk field trip. Click here for information to join the event. Topics will include the habitat at Birch Bay State Park, hairy shore crab, red tide, chitons and clam surveys. After each presentation (5 videos) we will have a Q/A section. Explore Some More! passport code will be provided at the end of the virtual beach walk.  You can also join the event by visiting https://www.gardensalishsea.org/

Contact Julie Hirsch for information, garden.salishsea@gmail.com

September 12, 2020

Virtual Guided River Hike

3:00pm- 4:00pm

Join NSEA naturalists on a virtual river hike! This hike will introduce the 5 species of Pacific salmon and their life cycle, along with look at how the North Fork of the Nooksack River provides ideal habitat for salmon populations. We'll test water quality parameters, look at the macroinvertebrates living in the river, and talk about actions we can take to practice stewardship for our shared waterways. Explore Some More! passport code will be provided at the end of the virtual guided hike https://www.n-sea.org/river-stewards.  

Contact Nathan Zabel 360-312-3094

September 14, 2020

Virtual Tour of Squalicum Creek Habitat Restoration Project

4:00-5:00pm

Join the City of Bellingham for a virtual video tour of the Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 and 4 habitat restoration project site, followed by a live Q&A session with knowledgeable City staff that can answer questions you have about the project, the Squalicum Creek watershed, and the City’s habitat restoration and monitoring work. Please pre-register for this free virtual event here: https://cob.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kwklpYd1S-CMXzxd4PXstQThe Explore Some More! passport code will be shared during the virtual tour.

The Re-route project is currently under construction to improve water quality and fish habitat by restoring 2/3 of the man-made Bug Lake to a forested wetland and adding a new fish-passable culvert under Squalicum Parkway. Learn more about this project at www.cob.org/squalicumreroute

September 15, 2020

What's in Whatcom's Water? Lunch and learn with local scientists

12:30-1:30pm

Where did the big, metal ball along Bellingham Bay come from? Is it safe for my dog to swim in Lake Padden? Why does the Nooksack River look so murky sometimes? How do you know what pollution looks like when you see it? If you’ve ever looked out at one of Whatcom County’s wonderful bays, lakes, or neighborhood creeks and had an unanswered question cross your mind, this is for you! Join us for a casual lunchtime conversation to learn about some of the pollution concerns that trouble RE Sources biologists Eleanor Hines and Kirsten McDade, and what you can do about it (whether you’re a biologist or not). No question too silly, small, or broad!  Explore Some More! passport code will be given to participants at the end of the presentation.

Register here or follow RE Sources on Facebook for a live stream of the conversation. You can submit questions when you register, or ask during the online conversation

September 15, 2020

LIVE INTERACTIVE GAME: Around the House Water Scavenger Hunt

4:30pm

LIVE INTERACTIVE GAME: Around the House Water Scavenger Hunt – learn about the three water systems; drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater while searching around your home for items that fit Bellingham’s water system facts. Recommended ages 5-12. To receive your Explore Some More! Virtual Passport code, after searching outside for signs of water, send an email with how you pledge to keep our water clean to waterschool@cob.org

To register and receive a secure zoom link and password to join the game, email waterschool@cob.org

September 16, 2020

City of Lynden Water Treatment Plant Virtual Tour

1:00pm

General Public is invited to virtually tour Lynden's newly constructed (2015) conventional deep-bed, dual-media filtration water treatment plant. This plant treats Nooksack River water to the highest Department of Heath potable water standards.  Explore Some More! passport code will be provided after the virtual tour.

Contact Mike Kim to sign up for this virtual tour: (360) 255-5470, KimM@lyndenwa.org

September 16, 2020

Watershed Friendly & Wildfire Safe Properties

5:00 - 6:00pm

Is it possible to manage for wildfire risk and drought and still have a habitat friendly property?  Yes!

In this free online event, Jenny Coe, Community Wildfire Resilience Coordinator with Whatcom and Skagit Conservation Districts will talk about:
Wildfire risk,
Fire resistant structures,

Fire resistant landscaping that attracts wildlife and protects water quality, and
Wildfire risk reduction resources available for homeowners and communities.

 

Please register here https://tinyurl.com/WildfireResiliance to participate or
view this Live event on the Whatcom Watershed Information Networks Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomWIN

The Explore Some More! passport code word will be revealed during the event.

September 18, 2020

LIVE INTERACTIVE TRIVIA GAME Salish Sea Geography

4:00-5:00pm

The Salish Sea Institute is hosting an interactive Zoom geography trivia game.  This event is participating in the Explore Some More! virtual passport and is suitable for anyone with an interest in geography.  To register for the event and receive your Zoom access information, contact Ruth Musonda, Ruth.Musonda@wwu.edu.   The Explore Some More! passport code will be provided at end of the trivia event. Children and families are welcome. This event has a maximum capacity of 15 sign-ins (can be individuals or teams), so early registration is encouraged.

Event host: Ginny Broadhurst, Director of Salish Sea Institute

September 18, 2020

Marine Life Center Sea Riddle Challenge

The Marine Life Center will post a riddle on their social media sites for children and adults on Friday, September 18th!

One riddle will be for children 12 year and younger, the other will be for people ages 13+.  The riddle will be posted on the Marine Life Center social media sites. On Instagram look for marine life center, mermaid Casey.  On Facebook look for Marine Life Center.  To receive the Explore Some More! passport code, send the answer to the riddle to marinelifecenter@portofbellingham.com using the following format:

Participant(s) name:

Copy/paste age appropriate riddle:

Participant(s) answer to the riddle:

 

 

Photo Credit: Casey Cook-Pruett

September 19, 2020

Social Distance Beach Cleanups

Anytime between 10:00am-2:00pm

You can keep waterways cleaner during COVID, a time when increased use of single-use items has led to worse plastic pollution. Take part in the annual International Coastal Cleanup with RE Sources, Northwest Straits Surfrider, Ocean Conservancy, and Whatcom Marine Resources Committee for a socially distanced beach cleanup at Locust Beach, Cherry Point, or Semiahmoo Spit! A great way to spend time outside, safely, while keeping plastic from polluting Bellingham Bay!

One small group of people picking up trash on Bellingham’s beaches can regularly collect hundreds of pounds of plastics in a single morning. Plastic left in our waters has broken down and seeped into everything from drinking water to table salt and craft beer. If you would rather gather trash on your own during Whatcom Water Weeks, that is also great!  Please consider reporting where and how much trash you picked up using the Clean Swell App.  The Explore Some More! passport code will be given to participants at the beach where you cleanup or emailed to those marking "I plan to do my own solo cleanup" on this form.

RSVP and share on Facebook.
Cleanup Locations
Locust Beach: Cleanup supplies located In the small parking lot on Locust Avenue off of Marine Drive (here).  
Cherry Point Beach: Cleanup supplies will be available at the end of Gulf Road (here)
Semiahmoo Spit: Cleanup supplies will be located at Semiahmoo Park on Semiahmoo Parkway (here).

September 19, 2020

Name the Boat in the Bay

11:00am - 2:00pm - Fishermen's Memorial Statue at Zuanich Point Park

Identify the types of commercial fishing boats in Squalicum Harbor.  Begin at the Fishermen's Memorial Statue at Zuanich Point Park. Enjoy a Hosted Tour of the 7 Interpretive Signs; Learn the many types of commercial fishing boats; and then. . . take your chance at Identifying the Boats in the Bay (purse seine, gillnet, troller, trawler, etc.). If you correctly identify 3 of the 4, you'll get a coupon or small prize.  To get your Explore Some More! passport code, complete a "name the boat on the bay" card and turn it in to the host dressed in a crab costume!

Contact Deb Granger for more information, admin@whatcomworkingwaterfront.org

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