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Whatcom Pride Youth & Families

Youth Day Work Party

Sun Jun 4, 2023: 9:00 AM — 2:00 PM

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Puget Sound and Islands — Bellingham Area

Features: Special Event

Crew Leader: Kaci Darsow

Photo by ZhuckYu


Join WTA for this special Youth and Families shared identity work party - open to LGBTQ+ Youth ages 10+ and their families! We will be working on removing invasive plants and shutting down social trails in Sehome Arboretum!

About the Area

The Sehome Hill Arboretum is an outdoor sanctuary for Bellingham residents. The trails here are a popular urban getaway into beautiful second growth forest and stunning sandstone formations that are northwest Washington's signature landform.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Project Description

We will be working on removing invasive plants and shutting down social trails in Sehome Arboretum in preparation for planting later in the year!

Hiking Information

Our hike to the project site is expected to be less than a 1 mile roundtrip over flat or gently rolling terrain.


  • 9:00 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
  • 9:05 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
  • Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
  • Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
  • 2:00 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Special Event

This event is only open to LGBTQ+ youth and their families - join us to celebrate Whatcom Youth Pride weekend!

Planning Information

Get ready for a great day outside!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • No experience is necessary—just bring a great attitude for working with a team! WTA provides the training and tools you need
  • Expect to be physically active at your own pace for up to 6 hours on uneven terrain
  • Volunteers must be age 10 and older; under 14 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be signed for anyone under 18

What to Wear

  • Boots or other sturdy, closed-toe shoes
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves if you have them
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

A hard hat and gloves will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts are not allowed.

What to Bring

  • Lunch and plenty of water
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Extra warm clothing in case of wet or cold weather
  • A pack to carry your personal gear
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

See what WTA's hiking guide and trip reports say about this area.



Driving north on I-5 take exit 252 (Samish Way, Western Washington University). Turn left on S. Samish Way 0.2 miles. Turn left to stay on Samish Way and cross the freeway. Follow Samish Way for about a quarter mile to Consolidation Ave and turn left. In two blocks turn left on N 34th St. Turn right on Allen Ave, then turn right onto the dead end of 33rd St and park there.

Driving south on I-5 take exit 252 (Samish Way, Western Washington University). Turn right on S. Samish Way 0.2 miles and follow same directions to Allen Ave and 33rd as above.

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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