Field Trips

Koma Kulshan chapter Washington Native Plant Society field trips are generally free and open to the public. Exceptions are noted in the trip descriptions.

WINTER 2020 Field Trips

February 8, Saturday, 9:00 am to noon

Native Plant Teaching Trail at Maritime Heritage Park

Location: Meet at 9:00 am at the park building (Environmental Learning Center) on Holly Street in Maritime Heritage Park next to Whatcom Creek.

Native plant enthusiasts, lovers of parks, and community volunteers will be removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs. We will also be cleaning and replacing some of the plant identification signs which feature hand drawn pictures of native plants by Whatcom Middle School 8th graders.  Another task will be to remove the covers on older signs so they can be cleaned underneath.  Bring a set of hex/Allen wrenches or a cordless drill with hex bits, and pliers, if you have them.  Come dressed for the weather, and bring water and a snack.  City Parks will provide gloves and tools.  More information about the Parks Volunteer Program is at www.cob.org/workparties.  Meet at 9:00 AM at the park building (Environmental Learning Center) on Holly Street in Maritime Heritage Park next to Whatcom Creek.  If you have questions contact Allan at asrichardson5@gmail.com or 360-733-5477.

February 29, Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Forest Ecology with Marvelous Old Growth Examples

Location: Meet at Fairhaven west side park and ride, off 32nd Street.

Larrabee Park attracted 12 of us to a big tree sweet spot in 2019.  This year the destination will be the same, but the JOURNEY will be longer and  more inclusive for those wishing to participate.  Group A will ascend 1200 vertical ft. and cover 5 ½ miles, perhaps ½ off trail. Group B will mostly follow last year’s route ascending 400 feet in 3 ½ miles; most on a user established route.  Bob Lemon (lemprev@alphahunt.com or (360)714-8629 leads the A  group, limit 12. Pam Borso (borsope@aol.com or (360)319-9004 leads the B group, also limit 12.  Inquire or pre-register with the leader and route that best suits your needs; only then meet at 9:00 Am at the Fairhaven park and ride off 32nd and west of I-5.

March 7, Saturday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Cryptogam Ramble

Location: Meet at Fairhaven west side park and ride, off 32nd Street

The Cryptogam Ramble is an informal annual event: a slow rambling walk in the early spring focusing on mosses, lichens, ferns, and other small plant-like organisms that are often passed by. Barring drastic increases in snow at the lower elevations, the locale for this year’s Ramble will be the Baker River Trail (end of the Baker River Road on the east side of Mt. Baker. Fred Rhoades leads the Ramble. Carpool from the south-side Park and Ride lot, west side of I-5 off 32nd Street at 8:30 a.m. Meet at trailhead at 10:15 a.m. Forest Pass required at parking lot at trailhead. Return late afternoon/early evening. Please contact Fred at fmrhoades@comcast.net if you plan to attend or if you have any questions. Depending on final road/trail conditions, I may change the locale and timing and changes will be emailed. Bring your hand lens (and I have some $5 ones).

March 14, Saturday, 9:00 am to noon

Turner Woodland: Stewardship Begins at Home

Location: Meet at 4682 Wynn Road, Bellingham.

When Mark Turner and Natalie McClendon purchased five acres just outside Bellingham in late 2013 they found that their back 3 acres of woods had major Himalayan blackberry infestations, a roadside wetland was home to Bohemian knotweed, and there were substantial patches of yellow archangel and English ivy. Their woods and associated wetlands are also home to a few big conifers, the usual deciduous trees and shrubs for our area, and masses of a few shade-loving wildflowers. There are deer, a coyote or two, owls, and myriad small birds that make their home here.

Come meander gentle paths through the woods and see how diligent work can control the blackberries and other invasives, opening the understory for natives to re-establish. You’ll also see young conifers and shrubs they’ve planted getting established, the emerging growth of spring wildflowers, and how the woods connect to a more formal landscape near the house that also includes native species. Meet at 9:00 am at the property, 4682 Wynn Road, Bellingham. Contact Mark Turner, mark@turnerphotographics.com, 360-671-6851, with any questions.


Previous field trips are listed on their own page in case you’re curious about where the Koma Kulshan chapter has explored in previous seasons.