Jun
24
10:00 am10:00

All Around Whistle Lake Hike

 

Revel in the longest daylight of the year on our near summer solstice hike. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. The route is just over 3 miles with some good hills. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot.

 

Driving Directions to Whistle Lake:
Head west on WA Route 20 and continue on Route 20 Spur W. Turn left onto Commercial Avenue at a traffic circle, go past The Store Grocery until Commercial comes to a T, turn left at Fidalgo Ave.  Follow Fidalgo Ave. and take a left in front of St. Mary’s church, curve right on Hillcrest Dr. follow Hillcrest by Grandview Cemetery, turn right onto Whistle Lake Rd, go past Dow lane, road curves left and goes down a hill, then curves right and becomes gravel, go right at next turn and follow road to parking lot. You will see signs to Whistle lake.

 

Jul
8
10:00 am10:00

All Around Heart Lake Hike

All around Heart
Saturday, July 8th
10am until after noon
There is no better place to be in the middle of summer than in the middle of our woods. Get to know the heart of the forest on this wonderful 2.7 mile journey all the way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an amazing old growth grove. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot. 

Directions to Heart Lake parking lot
From Commercial Avenue in Anacortes - Head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1 mile.  The Heart Lake parking lot will be on your right.

Jul
11
10:00 am10:00

From the Forest to the Sea: Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island (Day 1)

All abilities are welcome as we combine observational drawing and writing in exploration of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark.

This two-day workshop engages in fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice.  What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling.

We will experience the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, and varied approaches to language we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field.

 

Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details and a materials fee will be given closer to the date. To sign-up, please call 293-3725.

Jul
12
9:00 am09:00

Northeast Heart Lake Hike

This is a very easy route through beautiful forest. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

Directions to Heart Lake parking lot:

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1 mile.  The Heart Lake parking lot will be on your right.  Park near the trailhead kiosk.

 

Jul
13
10:00 am10:00

From the Forest to the Sea: Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island (Day 2)

All abilities are welcome as we combine observational drawing and writing in exploration of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark.

This two-day workshop engages in fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice.  What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling.

We will experience the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, and varied approaches to language we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field.

 

Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details and a materials fee will be given closer to the date. To sign-up please call 293-3725.

Jul
14
10:00 am10:00

Beaver Ponds Hike

The Little Cranberry Lake area is filled with a network of beaver ponds created and maintained by local beaver families. We will explore trails that reveal their lodges, dams, mounds, and other daytime clues to their nighttime secret ways. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. This hike is 1.4 miles.

 

Directions to ACFL kiosk:

 

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St. Take a left on D Ave, which turns into A avenue and later Havekost road. The old city dump parking area and kiosk will be on your right at 37th and A Ave. 

Jul
25
9:00 am09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 1 (Day 1)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.

When:   There will be TWO sessions offered.  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. 

10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                             

7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily (currently full)

*Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early! 

Jul
26
9:00 am09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 1 (Day 2)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.

When:   There will be TWO sessions offered. Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session. Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. 

10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                             

7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily (currently full)

*Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early! 

Jul
27
9:00 am09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 1 (Day 3)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day. More detailed instructions, maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session. The trails are all within the Anacortes City limits.

When:   There will be TWO sessions offered.  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not plan to attend all three days. 

10 - 12 year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                             

7 – 9 year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily (currently full)

*Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early! 

Jul
29
10:00 am10:00

Erie View Trail Hike

This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. Our most recent forest acquisition of 40 contiguous acres is in this area. The views of Lake Erie and Mount Erie are a rare treat. This hike is approximately 2.8 miles. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 

Directions to the base of Mount Erie:

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1.6 miles.  Ray Auld Drive will be on your left.  Park anywhere along Ray Auld Drive near the trailhead kiosk.

 

Aug
8
9:00 am09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 2 (Day 1)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and
girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions,
maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the
Anacortes City limits.

When:  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. 
Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not
plan to attend all three days.  

All sessions include age groups & times of: 

10 - 12year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                                     7 – 9     year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily

 

 *Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early!

Aug
9
9:00 am09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 2 (Day 2)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and
girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions,
maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the
Anacortes City limits.

When:  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. 
Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not
plan to attend all three days.  

All sessions include age groups & times of: 

10 - 12year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                                     7 – 9     year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily

 

 *Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early!

Aug
10
9:00 am09:00

Forest Discovery! Session 2 (Day 3)

What:    The “Forest Discovery Program” is an activity oriented summer day camp for boys and
girls ages 7 to 12.  Each day we explore a different area of our Community Forest Lands. 
As we hike, play games, make nature journals and experiment, we learn about wild animals,
native plants and different habitats.

Where:  Forest Discovery will meet at a different trailhead each day.  More detailed instructions,
maps & directions will be sent to you prior to your session.  The trails are all within the
Anacortes City limits.

When:  Each session will meet Tuesday through Thursday. 
Your child may attend only one session.  Please do not sign your child up if you do not
plan to attend all three days.  

All sessions include age groups & times of: 

10 - 12year olds from 9:00am to 11:30 am daily                                                                                     7 – 9     year olds from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm daily

 

 *Registration is required in advance.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  Sign up early!

Aug
11
10:00 am10:00

Northwest Whistle Lake Hike

This route is a regular favorite, providing spectacular views and deep woods feel with just the right amount of physical challenge. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. Just over 2 miles.

Driving Directions to Whistle Lake:

Head west on WA Route 20 and continue on Route 20 Spur W. Turn left onto Commercial Avenue at a traffic circle, go past The Store Grocery until Commercial comes to a T, turn left at Fidalgo Ave.  Follow Fidalgo Ave. and take a left in front of St. Mary’s church, curve right on Hillcrest Dr. follow Hillcrest by Grandview Cemetery, turn right onto Whistle Lake Rd, go past Dow lane, road curves left and goes down a hill, then curves right and becomes gravel, go right at next turn and follow road to parking lot. You will see signs to Whistle lake.

 

 

Aug
12
10:00 am10:00

Mitten Pond Loop Hike

Summer isn’t over yet! The cool smell of water floats up the path as we near Mitten Pond. Whirligig beetles spin shining patterns in the glowing green duckweed. Dragonflies drift and zoom around us. Enjoy this wide path 2.4 mile hike through the best of beaver pond territory. Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th.

 

Directions to Old City Dump

 From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St.  Take a left on D Ave, which turns into A avenue and later Havekost road.  The old city dump parking area and kiosk will be on your right at 37th and A Ave.

 


Jun
23
10:00 am10:00

Ethnobotany Field Seminar - Full

Ethnobotany is the study of native plants and the traditional uses of the plants by people. You will learn about food, medicine, and materials derived from the vast array of native plants in our woods. Adults only, must register by phone (360-293-3725) or email: info@friendsoftheacfl.org

More information will be given upon registration. This is worth taking the day off of work for!

This event is now full, please contact us to be put on a waiting list. We will let you know when this seminar is offered in the future.

Jun
21
5:00 pm17:00

Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike


Wednesday, June 21st
5pm until 6pm
We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

Driving Directions to Whistle Lake:
ead west on WA Route 20 and continue on Route 20 Spur W. Turn left onto Commercial Avenue at a traffic circle, go past The Store Grocery until Commercial comes to a T, turn left at Fidalgo Ave.  Follow Fidalgo Ave. and take a left in front of St. Mary’s church, curve right on Hillcrest Dr. follow Hillcrest by Grandview Cemetery, turn right onto Whistle Lake Rd, go past Dow lane, road curves left and goes down a hill, then curves right and becomes gravel, go right at next turn and follow road to parking lot. You will see signs to Whistle lake.

 

Jun
17
10:00 am10:00

Fast Paced Summer Fitness Hike

 

For the very fit only!
For people that want to move fast through the forest, and already know that they can! These offerings are lead by Jean and some of our very athletic board members who love to get out in the woods and really cover some ground.

A grand tour of the Whistle Lake Forest Lands

Distance:  7 miles

A thigh-crunching hike through the Whistle Lake area including Sugarloaf, a circumnavigation of Whistle Lake, and Sugarcube. Bring water and meet at the Heart Parking Lot.

Directions to Heart Lake parking lot
From Commercial Avenue in Anacortes - Head west on 32nd St.  Turn left on H Ave.  H Ave eventually turns into Heart Lake Rd.  Continue south on Heart Lake Rd approximately 1 mile.  The Heart Lake parking lot will be on your right.  

Jun
9
10:00 am10:00

Heart Lake Old Growth Hike

It’s time for a visit with our elders on the south shore of Heart Lake. Orange trumpet honeysuckle and Ocean spray will be blooming as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest.  Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. 1.7 miles

Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike

The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake damaged trails and created dangerous conditions in the fire zone. The upper meadow trail (103) is scheduled to be open by this date. We will hike most of the way around on shore trail, then elevate to upper meadow through fire zone for the eastside stretch. Rocky meadows, bog islands, and deep forest converge in this basin to create habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog? Banana slug sightings guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake.

 

Directions to Little Cranberry Parking Lot

Go west on Oakes Avenue. Take a left on Georgia Avenue. Going south, follow Georgia to a gravel road that leads to the Little Cranberry parking lot. 

May
31
9:00 am09:00

Big Beaver Pond View Hike

There is a wonderful secret spot on the south shore of Big Beaver Pond with a viewing platform. Some hills. Meet at the gated kiosk at 37th and A Avenue.

 

Directions to Old City Dump

From Commercial Ave, head west on 32nd St. Take a left on D Ave, which turns into A avenue and later Havekost road. The old city dump parking area and kiosk will be on your right at 37th and A Ave. 

May
20
10:00 am10:00

Westside Exploration Hike

Take a two-mile walk on the wild Westside! Calling all Skyline folk and anyone else that wants to know more about this great part of the woods. We will climb the watertower road and enter the forest from the west, exploring a network of Beaver Ponds that flow into Little Cranberry Lake. Meet at the intersection of Clyde Way and Cedar Glen Way.

 

Directions to Clyde Way/Cedar Glen Way in Skyline

Go West on Oakes Avenue. Stay left when you get to the Washington State Ferry Terminal Road. Take a left on Anaco Beach Road. Take a left on Bryce Drive and then take a right on Clyde Way. Clyde Way will run into Cedar Glen Way. 

May
12
10:00 am10:00

Morrison Meadow Hike

For those that can handle a little over one mile hike with some hills at a slow pace. This is a beautiful route that culminates in a lovely wildflower meadow, sure to be in bloom. Meet at the end of 29th St. west off of D Avenue.

May
6
10:00 am10:00

Sugarloaf Wildflower Hike

This is the ultimate wildflower hike of the year. We will savor the climb through alternating forest and rocky bald meadow, learning each flower as we go. From blue camus lily to red Indian paintbrush, come and see the bounty of color this little mountain has to offer. The views from the summit are not to be missed. Meet at the Southern trailhead halfway up the Mount Erie view road. The trip up and back is one mile, and quite steep and scrambly in places.

Directions to trailhead on Mt. Erie Drive