Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Work Party with Ranger Dave

This work party was canceled in February due to snow and frozen ground, so let’s try it again to tackle invasive plants.  An area along trail 126 is still infested with Scotch Broom and needs a group of volunteers to ripe it out by the roots.  This plant is easily recognized by its bright yellow flowers in the spring. 

Let’s meet at trailhead 126 at the end of Fir Crest Blvd off A Ave.  As always, dress for changing weather and bring good gloves and boots.  We will supply the tools. 

If you need directions, please call Ranger Dave Oicles at 360-661-3554.

 

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May
2
10:00 AM10:00

Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike

Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees.

Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Directions to the base of Mount Erie
From Commercial Ave 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 1.6 miles.  Ray Auld Drive will be on your left.  Park anywhere along Ray Auld Drive near the trailhead kiosk.

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May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages

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 camas 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 rocky in places.

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages

The August 2016 18-acre fire on the east side of Little Cranberry Lake dramatically altered a large area of forest terrain. As we hike all of the way around on shore trail, we will take note of the regrowth in the fire zone and see how this lake basin provides diverse habitat for hundreds of native plants and animals. Will we see river otter? Raven? Red-legged frog?  Wildflowers guaranteed. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the North end of the lake. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

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Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for adults

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.  (1.7 miles)

Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Directions to the base of Mount Erie
From Commercial Ave 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 1.6 miles.  Ray Auld Drive will be on your left.  Park anywhere along Ray Auld Drive near the trailhead kiosk.

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Jun
20
9:00 AM09:00

Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike

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
Coming into Anacortes from Highway 20 - 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
21
10:00 AM10:00

ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR

Celebrate the Summer Solstice learning about native plants in the forest!

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.

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Jul
11
9:00 AM09:00

Northeast Heart Lake Extra Gentle 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 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.  Park near the trailhead kiosk.

 

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Jul
12
10:00 AM10:00

From the Forest to the Sea Observing, Drawing and Writing in Nature on Fidalgo Island

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 workshop engages in observation as an interdisciplinary creative practice. We will learn to heighten our senses and ways of knowing through varied approaches to documenting what we see, hear, smell, and feel onto the page.

Advance registration is required for this workshop. Please call 360.293.3725 or Email: info@friendsoftheacfl.org to register

More details will be given closer to the date.

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Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Beaver Ponds Hike for adults

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. (1.4 miles)

Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th.

Directions to Old City Dump  (Little Cranberry corridor)
From Commercial Avenue in Anacortes -  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
14
10:00 AM10:00

All Around Whistle Lake Hike for all ages

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
Coming into Anacortes from Highway 20 - 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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Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

All around Heart Hike for all ages

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 2.7mile 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.  Park near the trailhead kiosk.

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Jul
24
9:00 AM09:00

Session 1 Forest Discovery Day Camp - Ages 10 to 12

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.

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.

Registration Form and Details 

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