Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

December 16th ACFL Work Party

Ready for some more trail repairs?  Trail 109 west of Little Beaver Pond still needs some love.  We will be installing culverts, turnpikes, and hauling some gravel.  Let’s meet at trailhead 10 on A Avenue & 37th Street by the gate at 9am.

For all work parties:  Bring a good pair of gloves, wear boots, and bring raingear.  We will supply the tools.  Work Parties generally run from 9-11am.  Heavy winds or snow will cancel a party.  If you have any questions or need directions, please call Ranger Dave at 360.661.3554.  Thank you!

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Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Winter Whistle Lake

The hush of Whistle near winter solstice couldn’t be farther from the madding crowd of summer. Enjoy our deep water jewel of the forest during the season of recharge, and feel the stored sunlight energy emanating from the green. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road.

 

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Nov
18
9:00 AM09:00

November 18th ACFL Work Party

It’s time to tackle some invasive species.  This will be in an area we hit years ago but some ivy, holly, and daphne are reemerging.  Let’s meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot off Georgia Ave at 9am.

For all work parties:  Bring a good pair of gloves, wear boots, and bring raingear.  We will supply the tools.  Work Parties generally run from 9-11am.  Heavy winds or snow will cancel a party.  If you have any questions or need directions, please call Ranger Dave at 360.661.3554.  Thank you!

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Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit!

The Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit Event will be held at the Port of Anacortes Warehouse on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. This is a fun filled evening with live music, dinner, silent and short live auction. Our fundraising party provides the primary support for our Forest Education and Stewardship Programs.
Check online at www.friendsoftheacfl.org for updates.

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Big Beaver Pond Loop

This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

 

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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! 

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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! 

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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! 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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