Fall/Winter Education Programs
WMBC-YTC: Youth Trail Corps
Ever wondered about how the trails you ride your mountain bike on Galbraith get built and maintained? Interested in getting to know a great group of kids and accruing community/service learning hours? WMBC’s YTC program is here for you! YTC was formed over 2 years ago and we are now going into our 3rd season.
The Youth Trail Corp crew has done great work adopting Galbraith Mountain’s TAP trail: Cheech and Chongs’ Wild Ride. Many hours of sweat equity went into improving this trail last season. The kids were integrally involved in planning, reshaping of jumps, helping design, build and install the new wood berm which created an extension of the rock berm, installation of culverts, drainage, removal of old wood features, brushing and more.
Photo courtesy of Eric Ashley
YTC is all about: Trail Science and the art of building and maintaining a good trail, having fun outside, tool safety and maintenance, learning about and adhering to IMBA and WORCA Trail standards, native plant Identification, teamwork, building wooden features, spending all day outside in all kinds of weather, cooking outside and a host of other topics that are integral to being a proficient trail builder, (not to mention the hot cocoa!) Our 2018-19 season will continue with a total of at least 9 planned trail days through the spring for the 2 separate groups this year.
YTC “Alders” Middle School Group Trail Dates: October 20 and November 17. We will continue work on Cheech and Chongs’ doing routine maintenance, improvements and applying YTC’s Trail Science. Each trail day starts with meeting at the Samish Way Parking Lot at 9:00 with bikes, water, helmet, appropriate layers for seasonable weather and a snack. We then ride up as a group to our designated base camp for the day. Kids will experience being outside all day working with youth crews and Trail Crew Leaders and learning some educational components of Trail Building. We stop for a hot lunch, (provided by WMBC) and a few breaks during the day. We wrap up the day at 1:30, jump on our bikes and ride down together to the Samish Parking lot at 2:00 to meet parents for pick up.
YTC Cedars: Middle/High School- Fall dates for Cedars group are Purple Fridays, October 19 and November 2. Same meeting schedule as last year. 9am -2pm
This group has been involved for the last 1-2 years in our program and have covered a variety of trail building basics. If you made it to at least 4 trail days last year you have “graduated” to the Cedars group. (If you have other trail building experience please contact email@example.com ) Cedars group is ready to tackle a variety of new trail building challenges on Galbraith Mountain as well as other locales in Whatcom County.
Fee: YTC trail days cost per day will be a $40 fee + Annual WMBC family membership($60) https://wmbcmtb.org/donate/ This creates a sustainable program, pay some of the trail builders for their time and provide lunches ( which the kids love!)
I appreciate hearing from you on any ideas that will help our program thrive! If you know of any middle school kids that might be interested in YTC please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships are available if the fees present your family with any hardship.
Huge thanks to all our volunteer trail builders that have been involved with this project. They have spent many hours with the kids teaching their particular specialty. Jesse Griffen, Jon Hansen, Jeff Jaap, Chris Luna, Bill Hawk, and Byron Cleary and Bill Hasenjaeger.
To attend any YTC trail day please make sure you are up to date on following:
Other YTC Programs
YTC/Vamos Outdoors: We are running a pilot YTC program this fall for some ELL kids in our community and are providing an opportunity to participate in 3 after school rides and 1 trail day. This new program will likely be shaping a vital branch of WMBC/YTC by reaching out to kids that might never have a chance to get out on the trails. If you see them out on the trails, please give them a high-5! We are excited to see old and new faces out on the trails this year! YTC is a crucial link to engage our community of youth in outdoor educational experiences! Come join the fun!
Vamos Outdoors YTC Group
YTC- Service Learning: We provide funding for Service Learning Days ranging from Middle School 6 week program to 1-day trail maintenance class. Schools like Options High School, Fairhaven and Shuksan Middle Schools are participating and learning how to build and maintain trails. For some of these youth, it is their first time on a trail!
Grants and support for YTC from: Superfeet, Whatcom Community Foundation, Phillips 66, TrailBoss, Transition Bikes, Fanatik Bikes, RRAD and our generous business and individual donors to WMBC have all helped this program succeed.
After School Ride Groups
This fall we have several ride groups regularly meeting after school to take kids out riding on Galbraith.
Do you have interest in starting a after school ride group?
WMBC offers a 1 Day Ride Leader Certification course through BICP in early spring to teach how to lead groups out on trails. This year the course is on March 16. Please contact me to be added to the list for this course. Are you a committed teacher/parent and are wanting to start leading your own group or expanding a current group you have been riding with? WMBC will cover the $200 tuition for this course.
Flying Squirrels After School Ride Group!
***Weather: Any scheduled trail or ride events are cancelled in the case of: wind advisory, snow on the mountain that limits vehicle access or an “atmospheric river” event.
WMBC’s mission statement: to preserve and enhance non-motorized trail access through education, stewardship and advocacy.