WMBC Youth Education is just finishing up with all our spring programming. Getting kids outside interacting with the natural world is our Education focus.
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.
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. photo 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
Spring 2019 YTC Day
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Works, Northwest Recycling, Trailboss USA, Erin Baker Cookies, RRAD, Bex Design, Liet Unlimited, BICP and Prevelo Bikes.
Any questions or interest in supporting any of these programs? Contact Education Director Char Waller at email@example.com
- Do you love digging in the dirt?
- Do you love working with awesome volunteers?
- Do you love riding bikes on some of the best trails anywhere?
If the answer to the questions above are “yes”, then we are looking for you! With the amount of projects on our plate, the time has come for the WMBC to step up our game and hire a Seasonal Trail Crew Lead.
You can learn more about the position here. Resume’s are due on March 15th!
WMBC-YTC: Youth Trail Corps
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.:
- Sign up (available through sign up genius).Spring 2019 Youth Trail Corps Sign Up
- Sign Waiver : TRAIL DAYS | WMBC good for one year. Bring to 1st YTC trail day.
- Fee: Please bring a check or cash day of event or Paypal $50 YTC tuition fee
- Current WMBC family membership. WMBC Annual Family Membership
- 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.
Photo courtesy of Eric Ashley
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships are available if the fees present your family with any hardship.
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.
Many thanks to the 155 folks that showed up last night for our first-ever Membership Meeting! We hope you learned more about what’s going on with the WMBC and ways to plug-in with us in the coming year.
For anyone that didn’t attend the event, you can find the link to our presentation here.
Hello WMBC Members!
We want to invite you to our first ever WMBC Membership Meeting on February 20th at the Fairhaven Ferry Terminal in the Dome Room. Doors will open at 6 pm and we’ll kick off the meeting around 6:30’ish.
It’ll provide you an opportunity to chat with other WMBC members, our Trail Adopters, the WMBC Board of Directors and our staff. Simply put, we can’t do what we do without our members and want to make sure you are up to speed on what’s taking place in the coming year.
The meeting will consist of 2-3 short presentations about the state of our trails, our education programs, our new sub-committees and our future goals. There will be time set aside for Q & A after each presentation and then we’ll, of course, have time to mingle afterwards.
Ferry Terminal Location: https://goo.gl/maps/jePyuXX9F4
The 2019 Member in December drive flannel shirts were just sent out and members should receive them shortly. T he Tech t-shirts from December’s Membership drive will be available for pickup at the event. If you can’t attend, that’s no problem as they will be sent out on Friday, February 22nd.
This will be a family-friendly event and we hope you can join us at the Ferry Terminal!
If you’d like to learn more about 2018, you can download our annual report below.
Our members are what drive the WMBC!
Without our community’s financial and volunteer support, we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do. To learn more about what we did in 2018 and are planning in 2019, you can read our annual report here.
Angi Weston gets to coach and ride bikes all over the world, yet she believes Bellingham has the best trails and community anywhere! Thanks for always sharing your stoke and supporting the WMBC, Angi!
Learn more about Angi and why she supports the WMBC here.
Zoae Spackman and her husband, Peter, made the conscious decision to raise 3 very active boys in Bellingham where easy access to trails was a major factor in their decision.
Beyond being a dedicated wife and mom, Zoae mentors/coaches kids for March Northwest and leads the WMBC Joyriders – Women’s Mountain Bike Club. To say that Zoae is a champion for getting people out on bikes would be a huge understatement!
Learn more about why the Spackman’s support the WMBC!
Mark Belles is a long-time trail builder and supporter of the WMBC. He’s often out doing the thankless tasks of brushing, drainage work and rebuilding trail after timber harvest.
In recent years, he’s also funneled his creative energy into the many trail signs that help make Galbraith unique & beloved! Thanks Mark for all you do!
Jessica and Byron Cleary came to Bellingham on a roadtrip and instantly fell in love with our special community and easy access to trails. Two months later, they decided this is where they wanted to raise their kids, so they could play outside more as a family.
You’ve likely run into them towing Marco and Matteo on their bikes up Galbraith, helping out on a trailday, riding on Karma trail or at the Whatcom Falls pump track. In a short time, they’ve become a great part of our community and are helping instill the love for the outdoors and stewardship to the next gen in the process.
Thanks for supporting the WMBC, Cleary’s!
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.
Hey Kids, Grab a Parent and join us for our annual Take a Kid Mountain Bike Day at Lake Padden on Sunday October 7 from 2-5.
Thanks to all who help make these events possible!
March Northwest RRAD Darren Clark- Farmers Insurance Agency Fanatik Bike Co. Bellingham Parks and Recreation Bellingham Events Jack’s Bicycle Center WMBC Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition #riderunanddig #marchnorthwest#fanatikbike #farmersinsurance #cityofbellingham#cityofbellinghamparks #bellinghamevents#wmbcmtb
Galbraith CLOSED on Tuesday, August 21st!
Folks, we got the heads up that there will be herbicide spraying along the highlighted roads this Tuesday (August 21st)and, as such, we are closing the mountain for the entire day.
Notices and the below map will be going up at the main entry points on Monday. If the date changes for any reason, we’ll let you know.
Please share far and wide. Many thanks!