Wild Things

Explore nature at a child's pace, searching for animal evidence and signs of the season. Nurture a sense of wonder while exploring our world. Wild Things is a nature class for adults to stoke their own curiosity and a fun sensory experience and wonder-full adventure for children. We all discover secrets about the wild life around us. 

Our pace is slow and we explore all kinds of trails, so it is best suited for parents who wear their babies, children who are experienced walkers or have adults willing to carry them over the rough bits. Strollers are not advised unless indicated. Parents are responsible for their children and their safety at all times. No pets, please

DONATION! (Suggested: $5. Whether that's per person or per family is up to you).

Please visit our registration page to donate online. Thank you for supporting this program and making hands-on nature discovery accessible for everyone!

For questions, email Holly Roger, holly@wildwhatcom.org.



Where are the Wild Things in April?

Stimpson Nature Reserve

Every Friday Morning 

9:30 - 11:00 AM

This special place is a forest paradise in the Sudden Valley neighborhood, a favorite haunt for the Wild Things. There are four hundred year old trees, budding shrubs, rotting logs, mossy stumps, magical streams, gracefully unfurling ferns and Rattlesnake Plantain. Come find funny smelling flowers, salamander hotels, bird restaurants and maybe a fairy home or two (if we're realllly lucky). Remember to dress like a duck and bring a simple snack to share. No registration required.

Directions: Google Map The Stimpson Family Nature Reserve is located on Lake Louise Road. Follow Lakeway Drive east for 3.4 miles to Austin St/Lake Louise Road. Turn right and continue 1.6 miles to the parking lot on your left. Take the bus! Look up Whatcom Transit Authority's Route #512. Stroller friendly trail!

Please bring a simple, healthy snack to share.  



Freyja modeling her rain gear


Wardrobe Preparedness: Young children do not have the same ability to regulate their body temperatue as adults, as you may notice from their wildly (and hilariously) inappropriate clothing choices. During these cold wet times, it's important to dress your littles like a duck. Well, more like a sheep! Warm layers of wool, fleece, down and a waterproof layer works best for happy, comfortable exploring for 1 1/2 hours. Especially thick wool socks. Those things are magic! Avoid cotton if you can. It's rotten for the outdoors, the explorers say! Cotton just absorbs moisture and doesn't retain heat.