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.

Washington state COVID safety guidelines continue to affect our field trips. In general, face masks are required outdoors only for large outdoor gatherings.

Winter 2022 Field Trips

January 22, 2022, Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Invasive Plant Removal in Maritime Heritage Park

Location: Meet at 9:00 am at the park pavilion on Holly Street next to Whatcom Creek.

Bellingham Parks and Recreation is making some changes to trails in Maritime Heritage Park. We will be working to remove invasive species, especially blackberry and bittersweet, in the areas where the changes are occurring. This workday is also preparation for the March 12 workday. The city will provide tools, but bring your own gloves and favorite tools if you want. Dress warmly and wear your rain gear if it is wet weather, and bring water and any snacks that you may need. For further information and to RSVP contact Janet Murray at jfaymurray [at] gmail [dot] com.

February 5, 2022, Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Winter Trees and Shrubs in Whatcom Falls Park

Location: Meet at St. Clair Park, located at the end of St. Clair Street south of Alabama Street in Bellingham.

In 2019 and 2021, WNPS and Bellingham Parks and Recreation jointly presented a six-week stewardship class. Join 2019 graduate John Bremer and Koma Kulshan Stewardship Committee Chair Allan Richardson on a walk through Whatcom Falls Park woodlands and wetlands. Most of our common lowland tree and shrub species are found in the Park. Explore two decades of restoration challenges and progress. We will walk down the stairs to Woburn Street, across Whatcom Creek and back up to the lower bridge below the falls, with a tour of the new Cemetery Creek restoration. Group limited to 12, please RSVP with John Bremer via johnpaulbremer [at] gmail [dot] com.

March 12, 2022, Saturday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Planting Party at Maritime Heritage Park

Location: Meet at the Maritime Heritage Park pavilion on Holly Street next to Whatcom Creek.  

Our chapter stewardship committee is working with Bellingham Parks and Recreation to rejuvenate and expand the Native Plant Trail at Maritime Heritage Park. We will be clearing brush, preparing the ground, and planting a number of new plants to go with new (and relocated) signs. The city will provide tools, but bring your own gloves and favorite tools to be sure. Dress for the weather and for getting dirty, and bring water and any snacks that you may need. For further information and to RSVP contact Allan Richardson at asrichardson5 [at] gmail [dot] com.


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.