South Mt. Erie Fitness Hike

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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South Mt. Erie via Whistle Lake Fitness Hike: For the very fit! Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, September 27th from 10 am until 1 pm for another challenging, fast paced 8 to 9 mile fitness hike. We will start at Whistle Lake and hike to the newly opened 247 trail, which will take us around south Mt. Erie and over to the Heart Lake trails and eventually loop back to our cars on trail 21. This is a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with this part of the ACFL and you will see some beautiful views along the way! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot for departure at 10:00 am. Don't forget to dress in layers and bring water and a snack. These hikes are free! For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

All Ages Hike

Saturday, October 4, 2014 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mitten Pond Loop Hike for All Ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, October 4th from10am until noon. Immerse in that early fall feeling on this exploration of beaver pond terrain. 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. Sound good? Please come along! Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. These hikes are free! For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Ace of Hearts Creek Hike for Adults

Friday, October 10, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Ace of Hearts Creek Hike for Adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, October 10th from 10am until noon. Maple, willow, cottonwood, and mature alder bring abundant color to the season. This is one of the most deciduous areas of our forest, a real treat to explore in the fall. Expect a wide variety of mushrooms along the way. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free! For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Bat Cave Hike for All Ages

Saturday, October 25, 2014 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Bat Cave Hike for All Ages:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, October 25th from  10am until about noon. Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the nocturnal season. Our annual bat cave exploration is fun for everyone. Costumes and flashlights are welcome. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot on the north end of the lake. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Double Watershed Tour Hike

Friday, January 9, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour Hike for adults
Friday, January 9th. 10am until noon

Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave.

Heart Lake Hike

Friday, February 13, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Hike for adults
Friday, February 13th. 10am until noon

Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring.  Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

Pine Ridge Loop Hike

Friday, March 13, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pine Ridge Loop Hike for adults
Friday, March 13th. 10am until noon

What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

SENIOR/ADULT HIKES

Friday, April 10, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour
Friday, April 10th
10am until noon
What is the difference between a wetland and a watershed? This gentle, 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.  Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

Big Beaver Pond Traverse

Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Traverse
Saturday, April 25th
10am until noon
Spring is here! Yellow swamp lanterns and magenta salmon berry bloom will light the path as we circumnavigate Big Beaver Pond. Emerging plants, frog and bird song, and flowing water will awaken us to the meaning of the season. Meet at the old city dump gate at 37th and A Ave.

Sugarloaf Wildflowers

Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Wildflowers
Saturday, May 2nd
10am until noon 
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 in places.

Guided Walk

Saturday, May 2, 2015 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Guided Walk: What Introduced Plants & Grasses Are Doing Along the Trail

Date: Saturday, May 2nd - Time: 12 to 2 pm

Location: Fidalgo Bay RV Resort, 701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes

Few of the plants along the trail were here before early Europeans arrived, and others were originally introduced and cultivated by native people. Plant expert, Dr. Mary Rose will explore the interactions of the introduced plants, how humans have used them and how together they have changed the landscape. Walks take place on a flat paved handicapped accessible trail. For complete program details, visit www.skagitbeaches.org

SENIOR/ADULT HIKES

Friday, May 8, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pine Ridge
Friday, May 8th
10am until noon
This is a beautiful hike through shore pine to a hidden meadow with lovely views. We will continue on around the dark side of the ridge and connect with old growth south of Heart Lake. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Little Cranberry Lake Loop

Saturday, May 16, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Little Cranberry Lake Loop
Saturday, May 16th
10am until noon
Little Cranberry is our only lake with a near shore trail all the way around it. The trail provides constant lake views in this wildlife rich area. 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. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

Guided Walk

Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Guided Walk: From Small to Tall - Native Plants of the Fidalgo Shoreline

Date: Thursday, May 21st - Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm

Location: Fidalgo Bay RV Resort, 701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes

Many native plants - from SMALLflowering perennials to TALL evergreen and deciduous trees - are leafing out or blooming during May to make identification easy. This walk led by native plant naturalists will also highlight the interesting ways that the native plants and the animals that share the shore habitat depend on each other. The walk is suitable for children, Anacortes residents and visitors alike. Walks take place on a flat paved handicapped accessible trail. For complete program details, visit www.skagitbeaches.org

Eastern Heart

Saturday, May 23, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Eastern Heart
Saturday, May 23rd
10am until noon
There is a labyrinth of trails to the East of Heart Lake and North of Sugarloaf that we will begin to decipher together. Come and get your bearings in this amazing area of our forest. From old growth to alder swale, shale deposits and bedrock, stinging nettle to sticky bedstraw, we will notice the hidden details. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Spring Fitness Hike

Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Spring Fitness Hike 
Saturday, May 30th from 10am to 1 pm 
Join some of our Friends of the Forest Board Members for a fast paced spring fitness hike.  This 7-8 mile intense workout hike, for the very fit only, will pass all the lakes and ponds of the Little Cranberry forest lands.  Meet at the parking lot on 37th and A Ave at 10 am.   Bring water and a snack.   No dogs please;  coyotes, raccoons, deer, beavers, owls OK. 

Dugualla Forest Hike

Thursday, June 4, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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We are having a repeat of the same forest ecology walk at Dugualla State Park that we had last month, for those who expressed an interest in attending but did not hear about it or could not attend for various reasons.

The walk will be on Thursday June 4, starting at 1 p.m. at the Dugualla State Park trailhead at the east end of Sleeper Road. (Sleeper Road is north of Oak Harbor, south of the Dugualla flats area.) The walk lasted about two hours last month. Some of the participants stayed for the entire walk, some left part way through as time and interest allowed.

Dugualla is a former Department of Natural Resources property, and was logged and planted several times during the last century. Those plantations remain, and the forests now have the characteristics of a monoculture tree farm rather than a diverse forest as we prefer for our state park lands.

Please let me know if you wish to come so that we can keep the group size appropriate for mutual discussions in the woods.

SENIOR/ADULT HIKES

Friday, June 12, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Northwest Whistle
Friday, June 12th
10am until noon
With summer nearly here, it is time to visit our deep water oasis. The trails north and west of the lake make for a delightful hike at the peak of fresh green lush growth. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

Hike: All Around Whistle Lake

Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All Around Whistle Lake
Saturday, June 20th
10 am until noonish

Revel in the longest daylight of the year on our summer solstice hike. We will fully explore the trails all the way around the Whistle Lake region of our woods. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking Lot. All Ages Hike. Friends of the Forest.

Seniors Hike: Heart Lake

Friday, July 10, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Old growth Loop; Seniors Hike
Friday, July 10th
10am until noon

It’s time for a visit with our elders on the south shore of Heart Lake. Snack on wild berries as we slow to the ancient rhythm of our old growth forest.  Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. Friends of the Forest.

Hike: All Around Little Cranberry

Saturday, July 11, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All Around Little Cranberry; All ages hike
Saturday, July 11th
10am until a little after noon

Little Cranberry Lake holds a rich convergence of habitat with bog islands, rocky shore and mixed forest surrounding. This is beaver, river otter, raven, and alligator lizard terrain. July brings forth a multitude of berries and deep green growth. Learn all about this amazing place and enjoy a challenging hike for all ages. Take Georgia south off of Oakes and follow up to the ACFL road, take a right and follow to the parking lot. Friends of the Forest

Hike: All Around Heart

Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All around Heart ; All ages hike
Saturday, July 25th
10am until 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 journey all the way around Heart Lake. Lush deciduous areas flow into an amazing old growth grove. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking lot. Friends of the Forest

Seniors Hike: Erie View Trail

Friday, August 14, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Seniors Hike: Erie View Trail
Friday, August 14th
10am until noon

This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. The views of Lake Erie and Mount Erie are a rare treat. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. Friends of the Forest.

Hike: Mitten Pond Loop

Saturday, August 15, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mitten Pond Loop; All Ages hike
Saturday, August 15th
10am until noon

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. Sound good? Please come along! Meet at the ACFL kiosk on A Ave. and 37th. Friends of the Forest.

Guided Walk: Sharing Samish Culture Along the Shores of Fidalgo Bay

Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Guided Walk: Sharing Samish Culture Along the Shores of Fidalgo Bay

Date: Thursday, August 20th

Time: 10:30 am to 12 pm

Location: Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes

Samish Tribal Communities have lived on the shores of the Salish Sea since time immemorial.  Our communities have deep connections to the bounty of our local coastlines and upland landscapes.  Samish community members will share past, present and future traditions, practices and visions for coming generations. Trail Tales interpretive walks are free, public walks along a paved handicapped accessible trail. For complete program details, visit www.skagitbeaches.org

 

Seniors Hike: Beaver Ponds

Friday, September 11, 2015 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Seniors Hike: Beaver Ponds
Friday, September 11th
10am until noon
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. Friends of the Forest.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, December 11, 2015 10:00 am
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Whistle Lake Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on  Friday, December 11th from 10am until noon.

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.  These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, January 8, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, January 8th from 10am until noon. Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, February 12, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, February 12th from 10am until noon. Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring.  Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, February 20, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Winter Fitness Hike for adults:  Join Jean, Monica, Lin and Scott for a fitness hike on Feb 20 from 10am to 1 pm.   This 8 mile fast-paced hike, for the very fit, will explore many of the trails in the Whistle Lake area of our forest lands. The hike will last until approximately 1 pm.   After about 90 minutes of calorie burning, we will stop briefly for a chocolate tasting provided by the Friends of the Forest.  Bring water, no dogs please. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at 10 am.  

Again, this special fitness hike is for people with a known high level of physical condition

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, March 11, 2016 10:00 am
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Pine Ridge Loop Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, March 11th from 10am until noon.What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, April 15, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, April 15th from 10am until noon. This gentle, 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, April 23, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earth Day NW shore traverse Hike at Whistle Lake for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am until noon for a day after Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL. Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. We are experiencing an early Spring, anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, April 27th
from 5pm until 6pm. 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, May 6, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Morrison Meadow Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, May 6th   from 10am until noon. 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 7th from 10am until noon. 
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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, May 14, 2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Friends of the Forest, Spring Fitness Hike – For the very fit!
We will be featuring “The Lakes of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands” on Saturday, May 14 from 9am to 3pm. Join Jean, Monica, Lin and Scott for a 12.5 mile fitness hike on May 14th.  This Hike includes all three forest land areas including circling all of Whistle Lake, part of Heart Lake, and circling all of Little Cranberry Lake. Bring Lunch and Water and meet at Heart Lake Parking Lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 21st from 10am until noon. Little Cranberry is our only lake with a near shore trail all the way around it. The trail is just under two miles long, and can be rough in places. It provides constant lake views in this wildlife rich area. 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. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.) These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond View Gentle Hike:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, May 25  from 5pm until 6pm. 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Westside Exploration Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 4th  from 10am until noon. 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, June 10, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 10th from 10am until noon. 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.  These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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All Around Whistle Lake Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 18th from 10 am until after noon. 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org 

Friends of the Forest Hike

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, June 22nd  from 9am until 10am. We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Ethnobotany Field Seminar

Friday, June 24, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR – Advanced Registration Required
Friday, June 24th from 10am until 4pm
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 or email. More information will be given upon registration. This is worth taking the day off of work for.   To register and for more information, contact The Friends of the Forest at:  360-293-3725 / www.friendsoftheacfl.org 

Friends of the Forest Adult Program

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 10:00 am
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Tracing Forests and Seas:

Observing, Drawing and Writing Natural Histories and Landscapes of Fidalgo Island

Tuesday, July 5th  + Thursday, July 7th from 10-3 PM

Combining observational drawing and writing we will explore the wooded and watery landscapes of Fidalgo Island with local naturalist Denise Crowe and interdisciplinary artist Kate Clark.

This two day workshop for all ability levels, explores the idea of fieldwork as an interdisciplinary creative practice.  What does field work mean if you are an artist, writer, or biologist? Regardless of background, each discipline draws upon keen powers of observation. We will learn to heighten our abilities of “seeing” through honing our skills in drawing, writing, and journaling.

We will explore the fundamentals of drawing (perspective, gesture, foreground/background, texture, scale) through a variety of medium and techniques useful to the beginner or advanced artist. Yet “observational” drawing isn't about looking at a tree and making a perfect version of it in pencil. Equipped with a toolbox of building block drawing techniques, we will explore and develop our own voice as observers in the field. Ultimately, participants will heighten their unique powers of investigation and reflection through creating a series of drawings and writings that merge poetry and documentation.

Advance registration is required for this workshop. More details and a materials fee will be given closer to the date. It is geared to adults, though ages 13-18 are allowed with an accompanying adult or permission of the instructors.

Contact Friends of the Forest at 360.293.3725 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register.                         

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, July 8, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Beaver Ponds Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, July 8th from 10am until noon. 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. (1.4 miles) These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, July 9, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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 Friends of the Forest, Summer Fitness Hike – For the very fit!

We will be Circling Mt Erie, Join us on  Saturday July 9, 2016 from 10am until 1pm.We will start at Heart Lake Parking lot and pass through old growth forest at the southern end of Heart Lake, then parallel Heart Lake Road to the southernmost point in the forest lands where we will make a brief stop for a chocolate tasting.  Then we will cross Heart Lake Road and pass below Mt. Erie on remote trails 248 and 247, and finally circle back through the Whistle Lake Forest Lands to our starting point.  Hike is approximately 8 miles and is only for the very fit. Bring plenty of water, as the trails can be very warm in July. Meet at the Heart Lake Parking Lot

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, July 23, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All around Heart Lake Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, July 23rd from 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Northeast Heart Lake Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, August 10th from 9am until 10am. This is a very easy route through beautiful forest. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, August 12, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Northwest Whistle lake Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, August 12th from 10am until noon. 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) These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, August 13, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mitten Pond Loop Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, August 13th from  10am until noon. 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.
These hikes are free! For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, September 9, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Northwest Heart Lake Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, September 9th from 10am until noon. We will explore a maze of trails in the Ace of Hearts Creek terrain. There will be some gentle hills on this just over 1 mile hike. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.These hikes are free! For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, September 10, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Erie View Trail Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, September 10th  from 10am until noon. This is a trail of wonders, twisting and turning through prime wetland wildlife corridor all the way to a hidden meadow. 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Hike for all ages:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, October 8th from 10 am until noon

Experience the golden glow of Sugarloaf Mountain in October. We will hike from the dark woods at the base to the stunning summit view, enjoying every stretch in between. Meet at the trailhead on Ray Auld Drive at the bottom of Mount Erie just off of Heart Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org. 

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, October 14, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Loop Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, October 14th from 10am until noon

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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, October 19th from 5pm until 6pm. 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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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(Our annual Bat Cave Hike of 25+ years is cancelled due to the fire, please join us for this alternate version!)

Heart Lake Trail of Darkness
Saturday, October 29th
10am until about noon

Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the dark season. Our annual exploration of nocturnal wildlife is fun for everyone! Costumes are welcome. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot on the east side of the lake, just off of Heart Lake Road. (This hike is shorter than most and will include story time half way through, and treats at the end!)

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Whistle Lake Curly Q Fitness  Hike:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, November 12th
from  10am to 1:30pm.  Join Jean, Monica, Lin and Scott on November 12th. Come walk in circles with the Friends of the Forest on our next fitness hike.  This fast-paced 8 .2 mile hike for the very fit will begin at the Heart Lake parking lot at 10 am. Hikers will experience the many ups and downs of the northwest section of the Whistle Lake forest lands as we walk in three connecting circles, on different trails, around and to Little Round Top.  We will finish the hike by returning to Heart Lake about 1:30 pm. Bring water and a snack and meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, November 18, 2016
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on  Friday, November 18th from 10am until noon. We have the best remaining stand of Puget Sound lowland old growth forest right here on Fidalgo Island in the heart of our community forest. Come along and experience the big old trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Hike for all ages: Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, November 19th from 10am until noon.

Late Fall in the woods is a time of hushed beauty. Prepare yourself for the holiday season with a deep forest immersion. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike: Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, November 30th  from  9am until 10am. We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, December 9, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Hike for adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, December 9th from 10am until noon.

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. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, January 13, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Double Watershed Tour Hike for adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, January 13th from 10am until noon.  Start the New Year off right with a hike in the woods with friends! This is a gentle, one and a half mile route through varied forest and wetland habitats. Learn about the beaver that maintain these wetlands, and the winter waterfowl that we will be sure to see. Meet at the end of 32nd St. off of D Ave. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Hike for Adults: Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, February 10th from 10am until noon.
Our Heart Lake hike is the perfect valentine to give to yourself, or to share with a friend. Together, we will look for the many early signs of spring.  Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot. These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, March 4, 2017 10:00 am
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Cranberry Lake Fitness Hike for the very fit!

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, March 4  from 10am until 1:30pm. We will cover all of the Cranberry Lake Forest lands except for the northeast portion that was impacted by the fire. We will have a chocolate tasting half way through!
Dress in layers and bring water.  Distance:  7 miles. Meet at the Little Cranberry Lake Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, March 10, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pine Ridge Loop Hike For Adults:  Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, March 10th from 10am until noon.
What treasures await in this lovely, hidden meadow? Enjoy a hike to this unique and secret spot off of the beaten path. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. . These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

100 Classic Hikes Washington

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Award-winning author Craig Romano describes great hikes from his revised and updated edition of the venerable Ira Spring / Harvey Manning book 100 Classic Hikes Washington. Craig details the very best hikes in the state—short and long, day and overnight. From the misty wild Olympic Coast to the sun-kissed Blue Mountains, Craig explores trails covering every facet of Washington’s incredible geographical diversity. What better way to get acquainted with our beautiful natural heritage than by taking a classic hike?

At the library

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, April 14, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Big Beaver Pond Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, Friday, April 14th from 10am until noon.
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.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Earth Day NW shore traverse at Whistle Lake Hike for all ages 

Saturday Saturday, April 22nd from 10am until noon.

Join friends for an Earth Day gathering in our beautiful Whistle Lake area of the ACFL.  Learn about the history of the day and our community forest lands and the important role we all play in taking care of our community forest in perpetuity. Anticipate lovely wildflowers and great company. Meet at the Whistle Lake Parking lot. This hike is approximately 2.5 miles with some hills and uneven terrain.


These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, April 26th from 5pm until 6pm.

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.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 am
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Sugarloaf Wildflowers Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 6th from 10am until noon . 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.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, May 12, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Morrison Meadow Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, May 12th  from10am until noon. 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 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Westside Exploration Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, May 20th from 10am until noon. 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. 

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Big Beaver Pond View Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, May 31 from  9am until 10am. 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.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 am
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Little Cranberry Lake Loop Hike for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 3rd from 10am until after noon. 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. (Take Georgia south off of Oakes Ave.- 3 blocks up take a right on Little Cranberry road and follow gravel to parking lot.)

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Friday, June 9, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Heart Lake Old Growth Hike for Adults

Join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 9th from 10am until noon. 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.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Fitness Hike

Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 am
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Spring Fitness Hike - A grand tour of the Whistle Lake Forest Lands

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm for a thigh crunching 7 mile hike through the Whistle Lake area including Sugarloaf, a circumnavigation of Whistle Lake, and Sugarcube. Bring water and meet at the  Heart Parking Lot.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Extra Gentle Hike

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 pm
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Whistle Lake Madrona Point Extra Gentle Hike

Join the Friends of the Forest on Wednesday, June 21nd from 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.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

Friends of the Forest Adult Program

Friday, June 23, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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 ETHNOBOTANY FIELD SEMINAR   (Require advance registration 293-3725/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Please join the Friends of the Forest on Friday, June 23rd  from 10am until 4pm for our popuar Ethnobotany Field Seminar 

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 or email. More information will be given upon registration.

Friends of the Forest Hike

Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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All Around Whistle Lake Hike - for all ages

Join the Friends of the Forest on Saturday, June 24th from 10 am until after noonRevel 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.

These hikes are free!  For more info. Go to www.friendsoftheacfl.org.