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Spring/Summer Youth Programs

WMBC Youth Education is just finishing up with all our spring programming.          Getting kids outside interacting with the natural world is our Education focus.

Spring recap:

After School Rides: We had a record amount of schools and riders participating this spring in our After School Ride Programs. Elementary, Middle, High School and Flying Squirrels girls group that reached out to many different abilities in our community.  We had close to 300 kids participating in rides all spring.593A1BB8-7313-4E5F-B54A-420C43A07689

Vamos Outdoors Project: 12 Latinx youth participated in this spring After School Ride Program. This underserved population had the chance to learn how to ride mountain bikes on Galbraith Mountain 1x a week this spring. They worked on their bike handling skills along with 2 service learning/trail build days. Their dedication and progression allowed them to make it to Unemployment Line, Mullet and Cheech & Chongs. The excitement after riding these trails was high and we extended our schedule an extra 2 weeks. This summer has 4 ride days scheduled, and we are working on expanding this program for the fall. The word has gotten out to other kids on how much fun riding mountain bikes is (we know that!)!. This program was made possible by generous grants from Phillips 66 and Kona Bikes. A51CCDA4-FB10-4ABC-97A7-2F36AA0A89F9photo courtesy Paul Kelly

Youth First Aid Class:We offered a youth first aid class for grades 5-12 led by Marie Bussard (one of our local paramedics and firefighters). This will be offered annually and is targeted for youth riders in our community that are starting to ride or now riding without adult. The goal is to provide them with some useful strategies to deal with a medical mishap on the trails.

Youth Trail Corps: We offered a total of 4 Youth Trail Corps days this spring. This  mostly middle school group spends part of the day working on a trail project on Galbraith Mountain, lunch provided, and the other part riding bikes as a group on Galbraith with some of our awesome trail build leaders, Dale Shahan, Bill Hawk and Shamash Campbell.  They did some fantastic projects this spring.

We are hosting a one week summer camp August 12-16 for this crew. YTC Summer Camp Registration Information

YTC Summer Camp 2019

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Rodeos: WMBC funded 17 of the 26 Bike Rodeos run by Chris Mellick/RRAD held annually at all Bellingham Public Elementary schools and Whatcom County. The Bike Rodeos are a highlight for many of the kids. We get lots of feedback that this is one of their favorite days of the year. AB1566A7-E274-43DF-B9A2-2B1745F25A6E

Service Learning: WMBC funded the middle school service learning project for 8th grade youth at Shuksan and Fairhaven Middle School. Youth learn about building and maintaining trails as well as helping Chris Mellick/RRAD out with the Bike Rodeos. 28 kids participated this spring.SSTTrailday-7

Ride Leader Certification: We funded 24 Ride Leaders this spring through the BICP and Zoae Spackman. If you are interested in starting your own group or want to connect with an existing group contact chardotw@gmail.com91F605BE-2BE7-4DAB-AFE4-E0566F324F55

Thanks to the following businesses that have helped make these programs possible:

Kona Bikes, Fanatik Bike,  Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery,  Fairhaven Bicycles, Transition Bikes, High Above Designs, Dakine, Bellingham Cycle WorksNorthwest Recycling, Trailboss USA, Erin Baker Cookies, RRAD, Bex DesignLiet Unlimited, BICP and Prevelo Bikes.

Any questions or interest in supporting any of these programs? Contact Education Director Char Waller at chardotw@gmail.com

 

Youth Trail Corps Spring 2019

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Spring 2019

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                                                                                                                  YTC Trail Day-Fall 2018

YTC is all about: Trail Science and the art of building and maintaining a good trail, spending quality time outdoors, tool knowledge, learning about IMBA and WORCA Trail standards, trail assessment, trail flow, forestry, native plant identification, teamwork, spending all day outside in all kinds of weather, self reliance, teamwork  and a host of other topics that are integral to being a proficient trail builder.

YTC Cedars: Spring 2019 season!  We are now going into our third year. Our 2019 season will continue working with seasoned and new YTC members.  We will typically be working on Galbraith Mountain trails (and possibly elsewhere) as opportunity abounds in our region.

 To attend any YTC trail day please make sure to complete the following prior to YTC scheduled day.:

  1. Sign up (available through sign up genius).Spring 2019 Youth Trail Corps Sign Up  
  2. Sign Waiver : TRAIL DAYS | WMBC  good for one year. Bring to 1st YTC trail day.
  3. Fee: Please bring a check or cash day of event or Paypal $50 YTC tuition fee
  4. Current WMBC family membership. WMBC Annual Family Membership
  5. Fill out our Registration page YTC Registration

YTC is a crucial link for WMBC and we couldn’t be more pleased with our YTC program! Come join the fun!

YTC will be working on fun projects this year. We will be involved in many different trail issues that the Trail Build Leaders and YTC youth come up with together. The day will begin with riding up to base camp for the day, dropping off any extra stuff and then hitting the trails for some riding and trail discussion with one or more of our amazing Trail Builders. We will return to base before lunch (provided by WMBC) and get to work on the project designated for the rest of the day. End of day we will ride back down to Samish Parking lot.

Our 2019 season will continue this spring with a total of at least 8 planned trail days for middle-school and high school aged youth.

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YTC Trail Day: 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. Groups stop for a hot lunch and a few breaks during the day. We will wrap up the day at 3:30, jump on our bikes and ride down together to the Samish Parking Lot at 4:00 to meet parents for pick up.

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                                                                                                      Photo courtesy of Eric Ashley

This year each youth committed to YTC will have a “YTC Passport”. Inside will be pages of skills related to trail building. Each day, your instructor will cover some of the topics included in your passport and check you off for each item that you have shown proficiency.

Completion of “Basic YTC” earns you a WMBC YTC Hoody. Some of your work from last year will be eligible retroactively.                                                                                              Each new YTC person (or if you didn’t receive one yet) receives a YTC ¾ sleeve tech shirt.

Fee: YTC trail days cost per day will be a $50 fee + Annual WMBC family membership($60) https://wmbcmtb.org/donate/  This creates a sustainable program, pays the trail builders for their time and provide lunches (cooked outside by YTC)

We love to welcome any youth interested in our programs. If you know of any middle or high school aged kids that might be interested in YTC please contact me at chardotw@gmail.com

Scholarships are available if the fees present your family with any hardship.  

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YTC-Vamos Outdoors-Kids Outside:We are running a mountain bike/trail building program  for some ELL (English Language Learners) in our community and are providing an opportunity for them to participate in 6 after school rides and 2 trail days. This new program will be adding 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! Thanks to Phillips 66 and Kona Bikes for generously offering us a grant to run this program, including purchasing some new bikes.

We are excited to see old and new faces out on the trails this year!

WMBC’s mission statement: To preserve and enhance non-motorized trail access  in Whatcom County through education, stewardship and advocacy.  

 

Fall/Winter Education Programs

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     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.   

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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 chardotw@gmail.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.                

 

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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 chardotw@gmail.com                                                                   

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:

YTC Alder and Cedars Sign up Links

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!

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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.

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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.

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***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.  

WMBC Education Corner- Spring Program Update

Youth Trail Corps

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WMBC has created  a new and thriving youth trail building program: WMBC-Youth Trail Corps Established Winter 2017.

The conception of the YTC was focused towards 100 Acre Woods or Fairhaven Forest. Historically, many decades of trail and jump building exist in these lovely woods. The recent purchase of this land by the City of Bellingham has changed the focus of the forest from imminent development into a natural forest preserve. CCFPD (Chuckanut Community Forest Park District) commissioners are managing this forest until the city takes it over, and it is in thanks to their efforts over many years that this forest was saved from development. The CCFPD is upset with youth building jumps and trails in this forest over the years resulting in momentum to press charges against many of the youth involved in building jumps.  

One of the main goals in launching the Youth Trail Corps was to teach our youth how to take this negative friction and create conflict resolution,. We took many measures over this last year to create a connection between these two user groups as well as propose a strategy to create a sanctioned area within the boundaries of 100 Acre Woods for the youth to build jumps. The WMBC-YTC spent over 200 hours breaking down old jumps, narrowing trails, working on the new bike park design, removing many invasive blackberry plants, creating a powerpoint  presentation to the board and replanting degraded areas with ferns and native plants. The presentation, along with many other overtures between WMBC, CCFPD and City of Bellingham, created a strong working relationship that the youth were able to see and take part in. CCFPD Commissioners were convinced that the steps we took, and our designated bike park proposal moving forward would be a good solution to the problem. Intolerance has turned into cooperation.The board is willing to move forward with the proposed bike park area and we are waiting for this approval to come to fruition. It will likely take some time for any more forward progress of this bike park.

Rather than lose momentum with this fantastic group of kids, we currently have shifted our energies to Galbraith Mountain…

WMBC-YTC has officially adopted Cheech and Chongs trail and we have a thriving pre-teen/teen program that meets regularly to learn all about the many different aspects of trail building. We  have over 30 kids actively participating in this program. WMBC has contracted Javon Smith, one of our local trail builders, to develop and lead these youth in a trail building program that encompasses teamwork, leadership and all aspects Trail Science: soils, hydrology, native and invasive plant species, building features, culverts, trail flow etc. Javon is doing a fantastic job with these kids! Check out Cheech and Chongs trail, it is running fine and new features are evolving.  Heads up that one feature is under construction this Spring.                                                                                                     We are stoked to foster the next generation of trail builders in our unique mountain bike culture in Whatcom County.  

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, Byron Cleary and Bobby Terry.

Grants from: Whatcom Community Foundation, Phillips 66, New Belgium Brewery and our generous donors to WMBC have made this program possible.                                  If you know of a middle or high schooler  interested in getting involved, contact WMBC for more information. 

 

Bike Rodeos: Did you know that WMBC sponsors all the Bike Rodeos in Bellingham Public Elementary Schools and many throughout Whatcom County? We provide funding, insurance and support to contract Chris Mellick/RRAD to host Bike rodeos which gives every elementary aged youth in our community the opportunity to get out and ride a bike, some for the first time ever. Every year this program alone reaches over 7,000 youth throughout Whatcom County.

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Thanks to Northwest Recycling for offering to match any metal recycled! This is an ongoing offer. Just mention you are donating your metal recycling to WMBC and it will be matched!

Thanks to Superfeet for welcoming us at your “Giving Fair” this year! Employee owned Superfeet were given the choice on where their donation funds to go  this year. As a way for WMBC to show our appreciation to Superfeet employee donations to us; and recognizing that Superfeet is based in Ferndale, we immediately funded all 3 Ferndale Elementary Schools for Bike Rodeos ..giving back to the Ferndale community.

 

After School Ride Program: 11 Bellingham Elementary schools in Bellingham School District host after school rides, including 2 girl specific ride groups this Spring for an average of 1x/week for 6 weeks. WMBC sponsors Ride Leader Certification through BICP every year, and also offer insurance, apparel and logistical support. This Spring we have 16 new ride leaders certified.

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From what I’ve seen so far, the kids rides are going great!

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Service Learning:  We provide funding for Service Learning Days ranging from Middle School 6 week program to 1-day trail maintenance class. Schools like Windward and Options High School, Fairhaven and Shuksan Middle Schools participating and learning how to build and maintain trails. For some of these youth, it is their first time on a trail!

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Want to support these programs? Here are some things you can do to be involved:

  1. Become a WMBC member: Individual, Family, Business. December Membership Drive! | WMBC
  2. Volunteer:  we can use help in many ways: trail work, office work, media, outreach: we can find a spot if you would like to get involved.
  3. TAP: your business can adopt a trail and be a part of our trail adoption program.
  4. Fund specific programs you want to support.
  5. Donate to our general fund and we can apply it to what we need help with the most.