Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park

The Friends of Tennant Lake and Hovander Park are local citizens and park lovers who work with Whatcom County Parks Department, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation to support staff and programs at Tennant Lake and Hovander Park in Ferndale, WA.


Join us for Skulls and Skins at the Tennant Lake Interpretive Center, July 17 at 1 pm! Click here for more details.

Swan Watch


The Friends have in the past worked with local birding experts to get up early to view the sunrise with migrating swans, rising from Tennant Lake.

Hike the Dike


The Nooksack River borders both parks and runs to Bellingham Bay. In summer, the Friends have sponsored a 6 mile nature hike along the river banks.

Historical Programs


Evening Programs give local historians an opportunity to share their knowledge and research aout the fasciating story of the parks and the people who have helped build Whatcom County.

Interpretive Site Docents


Volunteers assist park visitors and school groups with tours of the Interpretive Center Museum, the Wetland boardwalk, and the Fragrance Garden.



The Friends rally community and legislative support to ensure continued funding for the parks and programs.