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Whatcom Land Trust to celebrate anniversary of Stimpson Family Nature Reserve

Wild Whatcom, a local nonprofit that offers outdoor education programs, offers guided hikes through the magical Stimpson Family Nature Reserve on Friday mornings during April 2015.
Wild Whatcom, a local nonprofit that offers outdoor education programs, offers guided hikes through the magical Stimpson Family Nature Reserve on Friday mornings during April 2015. The Bellingham Herald

People are invited to a Saturday, May 16, event that celebrates the 15th anniversary of Stimpson Family Nature Reserve.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will include an exploration of the reserve’s history.

Naturalists with Whatcom Land Trust, North Cascades Audubon Society, Wild Whatcom, Element Solutions, Turner Photographics, and the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society will set up along the 1.2-mile Geneva Pond Loop Trail to educate people about the flora and fauna at the reserve, according to a news release from the Land Trust.

At 10:15 a.m., Whatcom Land Trust board member Rand Jack will talk about the collaborative conservation work that created the reserve.

People also can talk to representatives of the groups, and to Stimpson family members, about the reserve in the 2000 block of Lake Louise Road, near Bellingham.

Participants are encouraged to carpool or take a bus to the event. The parking lot is small.

Parking will be available at Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin St., with access to Whatcom Transportation Authority’s Sudden Valley Route 512.

The Land Trust also will provide a shuttle van, sponsored by Diehl Ford, between the school and the reserve.

Details: info@whatcomlandtrust.org, 360-650-9470 and whatcomlandtrust.org.

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