WLT hosts and participates in a number of events throughout the year, including tours, classes, fundraisers, book signings and, of course, work parties. Visit our Stewardship page for detailed work party information.

To stay in the loop to be informed about upcoming events, subscribe to our events e-newsletter here.

Upcoming Events


Double the Fun!

Join Whatcom Land Trust at the Small Farm Expo and Recreation Northwest Expo

Saturday, February 24th



Join Whatcom Land Trust at the Small Farm Expo

Saturday, February 24th
Saturday 9am – 2pm
Haggen Expo Building, NW WA Fairgrounds


Join Whatcom Land Trust at the Recreation Northwest EXPO  

Saturday, February 24th
Noon – 5:00 pm
Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Fairhaven.

Bring your friends and family to meet face to face with Apparel and Gear Manufacturers, Retailers, Outfitters, Outdoor Media, Activity Clubs, Stewardship Organizations and representatives from your favorite local recreation events and races.

Registration for the 2018 Amphibian Identification and Survey Training Has Begun!

We have two training dates available this year. The first part of each training will be in the classroom and the second half will be in the field. The classroom portion will include learning how to identify the egg mass and adult forms of amphibian species in the lowlands of Whatcom County. In the field, you will learn how to survey for these creatures, how to submit data, and sanitation procedures to keep our amphibians healthy. Both trainings present the same information, but the survey focus is a bit different for each.

The trainings are free, but we ask that attendees provide a minimum of 12 hours of volunteer time surveying for amphibians between February and May of 2018 as a part of this program. We have a limited number of training spots, so register quickly or you may miss out!

Folks considering getting involved should be comfortable working in water, being outside in all types weather, and traversing uneven ground. Field work will be off-trail, with many obstructions. Volunteers should be 18 or older (check with us for folks under that age) and in good physical shape.

Sign up for the training that best suits your situation and interest:

  • Saturday, February 24th, 9am-3:30pm, BP Heron Center at Birch Bay State Park. This training is sponsored by BP. Folks trained in this workshop will be using their newfound skills to survey lands owned by BP in Ferndale. This is a great way to see areas that are not open to the public
  • Sunday, February 25th, 9am-3:30pm, Bellingham Training, Whatcom Land Trust Office. This training is for our county-wide program and survey work will occur throughout Whatcom county, with an emphasis on Whatcom Land Trust lands. The training will most likely be at the Whatcom Land Trust office, located at 412 N. Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham.

To Register go to and click the volunteer tab.


Volunteer Appreciation Event

March 15th at the Encore Room of the Mt. Baker Theater

Save the Date! Saturday, May 12, 2018

“Stories From the Great Outdoors” Benefit Dinner


Mark your 2018 calendars now. Enjoy a photo tour of our 2017 spring benefit here.



Recent Events

Business Conservation Leaders Breakfast

Thanks to all who joined us to celebrate and say thank you to Whatcom Land Trust’s business champions for land conservation at our Nov 9 Business Conservation Leaders Breakfast. And thank you to our event sponsors, Boundary Bay Brewery, Moceri Construction, Harmony Motorworks and Adventures NW.

We celebrated the strong connection between good business and protecting local lands with the presentation of the inaugural Bob Keller Business Conservation Leadership Award to Superfeet, our Platinum Steward, and this short video showcasing Superfeet’s awesome philanthropy  Watch it again here!

We said thank you to all our Business Partners in Conservation, with stunning framed photos of iconic Whatcom vistas and Trust properties, whose images were generously donated by Whatcom Land Trust former Board member Alan Fritzberg, current Board Member John d’Onofrio, and longtime business supporters Brett Baunton, and Alan Sanders. Thank you all!

Looking for ways to involve your business in preserving, protecting and involving your employees in land conservation through Whatcom Land Trust?  Learn more about the benefits of Business Partners in Conservation from Adam Nelson of Pacific Surveying & Engineering and Julie Carpenter  Renew or sign up today through this link:





Enjoy a photo tour of the Nov 9 Business Conservation Leader Breakfast here.


Whatcom Water Week at the Fenton Property was a big Success!

A special thanks to Lee First, Elizabeth Binney and Hank Kastner for arranging the event and providing our community with more information about wetland ecology.

For more information about Whatcom Water Week visit their website.



Twenty intrepid rafters enjoyed a  wild & scenic paddle down the North Fork Nooksack in August and learned more about Whatcom Land Trust’s North Fork properties and work to preserve and protect salmon & wildlife habitat in the wild and special Whatcom places. Watch this space for upcoming tours, perhaps one in January to espy wintering eagles. Don’t forget your thermos of hot beverage-of-choice. Thanks again to Wild & Scenic River Tours for their expertise, fun and support!




Fall 2017

Rivers and Forests in Whatcom County & Northern Puget Sound

This six-week class met from September 21 through October 26, and gave participants an opportunity to learn about stewardship of the native plant and wildlife habitats of the northern Puget Lowland. Combining classroom learning with field trips to enrich understanding of the key roles that native plants play in our forests, rivers, wetlands, and other vital habitats, this course demonstrated how to use this knowledge to help protect and restore these habitats.

This program was part of the WNPS Native Plant Stewardship Program. Participants who complete the training will earn credit toward recognition as a WNPS Native Plant Steward. Participants were required to be members of WNPS. Be prepared for their next class and join today:

The Native Plant Stewardship Course is a program of the Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS). For more information about WNPS, visit


“Stories from the Great Outdoors” 2017 Spring Benefit

Enjoy a photo tour of the May 20 spring benefit here.


Dear Friends of Whatcom Land Trust,

Thank you to all who attended for coming together to celebrate our shared love for Whatcom County’s lands at our ‘Stories from the Great Outdoors’ benefit. You helped to make a beautiful evening extra special, memorable and SO much fun!

You will be pleased to learn your your collective generosity exceeded expectations and together we netted over $109,000. You will see your generosity at work net time you walk through Stimpson Family preserve or visit your favorite Trust property over the coming months and year. THANK YOU!

What’s your story of the great outdoors. For inspiration and to help you discover your story of connection to the land we love, we offer Pacific Northwest poet David Wagoner’s poem ‘Lost’:

Stand Still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you

Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,

And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,

Must ask permission to know it and be known.

The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,

I have made this place around you.

If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.

No two trees are the same to Raven.

No two branches are the same to Wren.

If what a tree or bush doe is lost on you,

You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows

Where you are. You must let it find you.

If you were not able to join us you can still help support the event by sending a check to PO Box 6131, Bellingham, WA  98227 or make an online donation here. THANK YOU for your continued support! Together we will continue to protect, conserve and restore the lands of Whatcom County that we all love.

For more information, contact Jill Clark, Development Director at 360-746-3423 or