Applications are now live for Reconnect Earth’s Summer 2019 trips, an unforgettable eight-day experience backpacking and camping in Washington’s North Cascades, while learning about ecology, human and natural history, and grassroots social change. On a summer trip you’ll hike through ancient forests, climb to alpine lakes, or look down onto glaciers during one of our trips focused on harnessing your potential as an agent of positive social and environmental change.
Washington’s North Cascades mountains are home to a National Park, multiple federally-designated Wilderness Areas, and some of the most diverse ecosystems in North America. The region’s towering old-growth forests, alpine meadows, and rushing rivers are also sites of ongoing struggles over colonialism, Indigenous sovereignty, and resource extraction. On each Reconnect Earth trip we’ll explore what it means to work for social justice and environmental sustainability on contested land, while experiencing some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Pacific Northwest.
Reconnect Earth is offering trips during three sets of dates (exact dates subject to slight adjustment pending approval of our permits from public lands agencies):
- June 24th – July 1st
- August 19th – August 26th
Because of our low overhead we are able to offer trips at a significantly lower cost than comparable backpacking experiences. Tuition for an eight-day Reconnect Earth trip is $450, with scholarships available for those for whom this is a genuine financial hardship (you’ll have the chance to submit a scholarship request as part of the application process). The first step to joining a trip is to fill out our application form. Apply now.
Reconnect Earth’s summer trips are open to college students and other self-identified young adults ages 18 and up. Our trips will engage your mind as much as your body as we travel up steep mountains and down into glacial valleys while re-conceptualizing our relationships with the land in ways you may never have imagined. No prior hiking or backpacking experience is needed to participate and we are committed to supporting participants with special needs.
Sound like your kind of adventure? Apply here and we’ll follow up with you soon. The priority application deadline is March 31st, with the final deadline April 30th. If you have questions about trip logistics or requirements, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Hope to see you this summer!