Events and Workshops

NSEA Community Work Party at Terrell Creek

Saturday Oct 21st 2017 -- Grandview and Jackson

Help NSEA and the Whatcom Conservation District plant native trees and shrubs at this scenic restoration site owned by BP Cherry Point.

We’ll bring the tools and gloves – all you have to do is wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Snacks courtesy of The Bagelry, Starbucks Coffee, and the Community Food Co-Op. Coffee provided thanks to NSEA’s official coffee sponsor, Tony’s Coffee. Bring your friends, family, and enthusiasm and we’ll see you at the creek!

From Bellingham, head north on I-5 and take exit #266/Grandview. Go west for about 7 miles then take a right at the stop sign onto Jackson Road. Look for the NSEA signs and tent!

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Calendar of Previous Workshops

Farm Management, How to Improve Your Farm — Thursday July 17 at 6:30 pm

Review what best management practices (BMPs) are and how you can easily apply them to how you operate your farm. Find out about cost share and small farm technical assistance programs. Talk to local farmers to find out what really works.

Marine Waters, A Day at the Beach —Thursday August 21 at 6:30 pm

Meet at Birch Bay for a fun filled beach adventure with local experts to answer all your questions about the amazing world of tide pools and the estuary ecosystem. This is also your chance to learn about how shellfish and shellfish harvest are affected by water quality.

How to Find and Monitor Wildlife in Your Watershed — Thursday September 25 at 6:30 pm

Discover fish, birds, amphibians, and aquatic insects in your watershed and how to join a citizen science monitoring group.

Take Charge of Water Quality in the Terrell Creek Watershed — Thursday October 23 at 6:30 pm

Learn about the many unintended sources of pollution in your watershed and how they impact your community. Learn about solutions and steps you can take to improve water quality in your watershed. Take charge by learning how to take water samples, test, and analyze the results.

Maintain and Inspect On-Site Septic Systems — Wednesday December 10th 6pm-8pm

Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) Education Center, 5659 Barrett Road, Ferndale, WA

The Whatcom Conservation District, Chums of Terrell Creek and the Whatcom County Health Department are offering a free workshop on, “How to Maintain and Inspect On-Site Septic Systems." Attendees will be certified to inspect their own septic systems.

Wings over Water — March 13-15

Join the us at the Northwest Birding Festival for workshops on Backyard Habitat and Conservation. Located at 975 H Street, Blaine Middle School and Blaine School Performing Arts Center as well as field trips in the local area. See the Wings over Water website for a full Calendar of Events.

Rain Barrel Workshop — March 25

6pm-8pm at the Birch Bay Water & Sewer District, 7096 Point Whitehorn Rd

Free workshop covering the basic principles of rainwater collection and its benefit to water supply and stormwater management. Hands-on instruction on how to install and maintain your own rain barrel! Each participant will take home a pre-drilled 55-gallon barrel.

22nd Annual Native Plant Sale — March 28

9am-2pm On the Campus of Whatcom Community College

More information at

Earth Day Riparian Planting & Celebration — April 18

at BP Property near the Former Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Rd

9am- Noon: Tree Planting Workparty

Noon-130pm: Free BBQ Lunch

Water Quality Monitoring Training- June 3rd

June 3rd, 2015 6:00-8:00pm

Whatcom County Public Works, Garden Room (ground level)

Are you interested in becoming a water quality monitoring volunteer? Several organizations and agencies in Whatcom County are looking for citizen scientists to help with their water quality programs. Attend this free training to learn about water quality monitoring volunteer opportunities throughout the County, the current water quality status in areas that are being sampled, procedures and methods for water sampling, salmon habitat requirements, and current recovery efforts. Light refreshments will be provided!!

Birch Bay Beach Day — June 6th

Birch Bay State Park, Noon to 4pm

Park for free day at the State Park

Backyard Habitat Workshop - June 19th

7pm-8:30pm, Birch Bay State Park, BP Heron Center

This family friendly workshop will focus on what we can all do to improve bird, pollinator and fish habitat in our own backyards, whether we live in an apartment or a 20 acre farm, we can all make a difference.

What makes Algal Blooms harmful and How it effects Coastal Communities- July 30

with Dr. Robin Kodner, Western Washington University


4460 BAY ROAD, BLAINE, WA 98230

Discovery Days- Aug 29th - Aug 30th

10am to 7pm

Birch Bay Beach Park Property

Located on Birch Bay Drive

FREE Small Farm Expo- March 12

11am-3pm, Peoples Place, NW WA Fairgrounds, Lynden

1775 Front St, Lynden, WA 98264

Designed to be an informal meet-and-greet and networking event, visitors will find opportunities to engage with vendors, experts, veterinarians, and other small farmers, as well as discover new resources to help improve and expand healthy crops, animals, pastures and more.

Storm Watchers in Birch Bay - Training Sept 28th 2017, 6-8pm

Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road

Storm Watcher volunteers will be trained to monitor local roadways, parking lots, ditches, creeks, storm outfalls and catch basins for flooding or water quality problems associated with poor drainage or inadequate stormwater infrastructure.

For additional information please call Watershed Steward Aneka Sweeney 360 526-2381 x103 today!