Outdoor events in Whatcom County this spring

Mount Baker Rock and Gem Club's annual Gem and Mineral show is free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 29 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30 at Bloedel-Donovan Park, 2214 Electric Ave. Featured are rock, gem, mineral and fossil exhibits and sales; jewelry; lapidary equipment displays and sales; demonstrations; and gold panning. For more information, go to mtbakerrockclub.org.

Extreme low tides offer tide pool and mud flat exploration opportunities several times in April, May and June. Bellingham Bay tides of minus one or two feet are April 18-19; May 1, 14 and 30; and June 14 and 26. For exact times and dates, go online to protides.com. Best tide pooling locally is at Larrabee State Park, Teddy Bear Cove, Marine Park and Birch Bay State Park. Be sure to wear rubber boots and arrive at least one hour before the forecast low tide.

Whatcom Museum's Lightcatcher galleries, 250 Flora St., will be open free from 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 2, during the Children's Art Walk. The Bellingham Youth Jazz Band will be performing at 6 pm.

Bellingham Procession of the Species celebrates Earth Day and the wonders of our natural world. Dress like your favorite creature and join the fun or line the streets to watch the parade. Line-up for Procession of the Species starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3. For more information and the parade route, go to bpots.org.

Adventuress, a 105-foot twin-master schooner launched in 1913 and fully restored as a floating classroom for the nonprofit Sound Experience, will be in Bellingham from May 18 to June 7. For information about tours and sailing opportunities, call 360-379-0438 or go to soundexp.org.

Bellingham Railway Museum offers rides on a restored railroad "speeder," an enclosed motor car used in track maintenance from the 1920s to the 1980s, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays from May 31 through Aug. 31 on tracks along Orchard Place northeast of the Meridian Street-Squalicum Parkway intersection, near the Jekyll and Hyde deli behind Bellingham Cold Storage. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children. For more information, call 360-393-7540 or go to bellinghamrailwaymuseum.org.

Western Washington University's Environmental Studies building features geologic and natural history displays with collections of rocks, fossils, gems and minerals in exhibits placed along the hallways on three floors of the building. Environmental Studies is open free daily while classes are in session. Call the Department of Environmental Sciences for details at 360-650-2817. For a map of campus, go online wwu.edu.

The Marine Life Center features tide pool touch tanks and small aquariums highlighting the marine life of Bellingham Bay. It's open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from September to May and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from June to August at 1801 Roeder Ave. in the Port of Bellingham complex. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 360-671-2431 or go to marinelifecenter.org.

Backyard Habitat and Native Flora Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, on the Village Green in Fairhaven.

There is no Procession of the Species Family Activity Day at the Lightcatcher gallery in 2014. This calendar was corrected March 26, 2014.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or robert.mittendorf@bellinghamherald.com.