Whatcom Water Week Events

Looking for inspiration for a 2022 Whatcom Water Week Event?  Look no further!  See below for a sampling of the 2021 events.

We Scoop Photo Contest and Prize Drawing

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event

Submit your best photo of your dog and/or enter to win super handy scooping prizes! During the whole month of September, dog owners are invited to take or renew their pledge to "scoop every poop and put it in the trash!" Pledgers are automatically entered in the We Scoop Prize Drawing to win their choice of a Scooping at Home Prize Pack (includes a long-handled scooper and light-up collar) or a Scooping on Walks Prize Pack (includes a pack out waist pack, 20 rolls of bags, and a light-up collar).

Do you think you're dog's a cutie? Submit your best picture in our contest. Your dog may star in future We Scoop flyers, posters and ads. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards and prizes given for Judge's Choice and People's Choice.


Self-Guided Lake Whatcom Tour

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event

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Learn more about Lake Whatcom while visiting the Hertz Trail along Lake Whatcom's northern shoreline. Informational signs about the Lake's history, facts, and stewardship opportunities will be posted along the trail for adult and kid hikers to enjoy. Please remember to recreate responsibly by picking up after your pets, staying on the trail, and carrying out your trash to keep the lake litter-free.

Credit: Kristin Lunderville

Run with the Chums

September 11

9:30am - 12:30 pm


Join the Chums of Terrell Creek to celebrate Healthy Water, Healthy Habitat and Healthy People at the 9th Annual Run with the Chums 5K Fun Run! There will be three 5K start times this year (9:30am, 10:00am, & 10:30am) to safely spread out the participants. A Kids Smolt Sprint Obstacle Course will start 15min before each start time. Registration is free, and all ages are welcome! 

Register Here: https://whatcomcd.org/run-with-the-chums.

Register for your start time, before September 3rd to receive your FREE Run with the Chums t-shirt on race day (sizes available while supplies last)! Race day registration will also be available.

Salmon Sighting

September 11 and September 12

11:00am - 2:00 pm

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Celebrate the biennial return of Pacific pink salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along Thompson Creek in Glacier, WA. Viewing opportunities are open-house style as well as free, fun and family-friendly. Salmon-themed activities and prizes await! Anyone and everyone is invited to join us, we just ask that you please leave dogs at home.

Preschool Storytime with Julie - Virtual Event!

Join Julie for fun stories and songs about water. This storytime event hosted by Bellingham Public Library is for children ages 3-5. Storytimes are pre-recorded and can be accessed with a one-time registration here: https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/storytimes.

September 13

Pre-recorded storytime accessible all day


Poop Fairy Visits!

The Poop Fairy will be visiting different parks around the county during Water Week to thank dog owners for keeping our local waterways clean.  So if you're walking your furry friend during Water Week, be sure to scoop the poop and be on the lookout for the Poop Fairy! Learn more at www.whatcomcounty.us/scooppoop.

September 13 - 17

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Bellingham Bay Restoration Walking Tour

The Bellingham Waterfront is being transformed beneath our very eyes. This land was once dominated by heavy industries that were largely inaccessible to the public but now people stroll through this area visiting a park, pump track, cafe, and pub. Are you curious to know what these past industries were and how the cleanup process is being carried out? Join us on this Bellingham Bay Waterfront walking tour and learn from local experts about this remarkable piece of land - past, present, and future. The tour will start and stop at Way Point Park - look for the blue canopies.  All are welcome. 

September 15

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Maple Creek Reach Restoration Party

Please join American Rivers and Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) for scotch broom removal at WLT’s Maple Creek Reach property, located about 45 minutes east of Bellingham on Mount Baker Highway. Through the restoration efforts of WLT and many community members, this property has been transformed from a once overexposed and damaged area of salmon habitat, to a beautifully planted riparian zone for the benefit of many wildlife species. Adjacent to the site, American Rivers, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources, WLT, and other partners are working to develop a safe, sustainable river access site for the community to enjoy. All are invited to help steward the property and learn more about the proposed river access site at Maple Creek. All ages are welcome to join the restoration work party removing invasive Scotch broom and learning more about the property.

September 18

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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International Coastal Cleanup in Whatcom

Join the International Coastal Cleanup from 10 - noon on Saturday, September 18th at a local beach near you! Help the Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider Northwest Straits Chapter, Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, RE Sources, and Port of Bellingham to collect community science data on what's being found on beaches all over the world. Free t-shirts will be given away to volunteers while supplies last! All ages are welcome. We'll supply the cleanup equipment, you just need to bring yourself and dress for being on the beach rain or shine. Locations include: Locust Beach; I&J Waterway; and Marine Park. If you can't make it, feel free to do your own cleanup and submit your data!

September 18

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Water Week Pop Up at Waypoint Park

Take a minute to stop by and connect with City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department staff as we celebrate Whatcom Water Week at Waypoint Park with some water-related crafts, activities, and outreach material. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this free family-friendly pop up event! Look for our blue canopy located near the playground. Please bring & wear your mask

September 18

11:00 am - 2:00 pm