Celebrate local water resources, projects at fifth Whatcom Water Weeks

Throughout the county, local organizations will lead water-related educational tours, talks and other activities through Sept. 20 as part of this year’s Whatcom Water Weeks celebration.

The two-week shindig, hosted by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network, kicked off its fifth year of water-themed events Saturday, Sept 6. It will feature activities that teach people of all ages about the value of local water resources.

Here’s a list of a few of this year’s activities:

Thursday, Sept. 11

•  Downtown Steward Safari, 5:30 to 7 p.m., starts at Sustainable Connections, 1701 Ellis St. in Bellingham. This $5 walking tour includes five food samples and will showcase local businesses that are helping protect Whatcom Creek. Space is limited, so RSVP to



Saturday, Sept. 13

•  Full STEAM Ahead: Cloud Formation Experiment, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Whatcom Museum Family Interactive Gallery (FIG), 250 Flora St. in Bellingham. Kids 3 and older can join as the FIG Education Team investigates how clouds are formed. Museum admission is required for non-museum members.

•  NSEA Nooksack River Campfire Talks, 5 p.m., at Douglas Fir Campground, off the west side of Mount Baker Highway in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. River Stewards will gather at the Douglas Fir Campground Sept. 13 and Sept. 20 for a free campfire, featuring educational chats about salmon habitat and smoked salmon and cream cheese snacks.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

•  Rainwater Harvesting System Installation, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., York Farm, 1400 block of James Street in Bellingham. Attendees can help out as Public Works staff give an overview of a rainwater harvesting system and install an 1,100-gallon tank at York Farm. Admission is free.

Plenty of other events will take place every day through Sept. 20. For a full list of scheduled activities go to whatcomwaterweeks.org.