Note: With the safety of our participants, staff, and the communities in which we operate in mind, Reconnect Earth has been carefully monitoring developments around COVID-19 in Washington State. Based on the recommendations of state and local authorities and health experts, we have concluded that unfortunately it is not safe to run our summer backpacking trips in 2020. While COVID-19 means we cannot run in-person programming for the time being, we are currently engaged in discussions about what a virtual programming option for the summer might look like. Stay tuned for more information soon!
Reconnect Earth would like to respectfully acknowledge our summer trips take place on the stolen, sovereign territory of Indigenous peoples including the Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Nlaka’pamux, Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, Makah, and many others.
Join Reconnect Earth in Summer 2020 for an experience you’ll never forget: 7-8 days backpacking and camping in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest while learning about ecology, human and natural history, and grassroots social change. Hike through ancient forests and along rushing rivers, 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.
Thanks to our low overhead and the generosity of our donors, Reconnect Earth is able to offer our trips at a significantly lower price than many similar programs. Regular tuition for our summer trips is $720. This covers meals; access to gear for loan; use of kitchen, first aid, and water filtration supplies; and all activities we’ll be engaged in during the trip. Partial scholarships of up to 87% of tuition are available to those for whom the regular tuition is a genuine financial barrier (you will have the chance to request a scholarship during the application process).
Want to know more? Check out our FAQs page, or see below for details about this summer’s trips.
Alpine Meadows and Old-Growth Forests on Mount Baker
July 11th – 18th OR July 26th – August 2nd
This trip is for college students and folks roughly ages 18-29
Spend eight days on the forested slopes of Mount Baker–also known by its Indigenous name Kulshan–camping in a subalpine meadow, hiking to the base of a mountain glacier, and travelling through ancient old-growth forests. Along the way be prepared to engage in discussions about the human and natural history of Kulshan, see firsthand effects of climate change, and participate in outdoor trainings on grassroots activism skills. Expect to finish the trip with a deeper understanding of some of the most beautiful places in the North Cascades, and ready to activate your potential as an agent of positive change. Apply to join us now.
Alpine Meadows and Old-Growth Forests is a trip designed for folks in college and/or roughly between the ages of 18-29 (no need to be currently in school). The priority application deadline is March 31st, with the final deadline on April 30th,
Experiencing Ancient Forests of the Olympic Peninsula
June 27th – July 3rd
This trip is for students currently in high school or just graduating this year)
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is home to a national park, multiple federal Wilderness Areas, and some of the most spectacular old-growth trees in the country. Spend seven days getting to know this incredible place while exploring topics like climate change, Indigenous sovereignty, and grassroots activism. We’ll hike beneath forest giants, travel through ice-age valleys, and drink from rushing mountain streams. We will also explore how young people around the world are taking action on climate change and other important issues of our time–and how you too can be a force for a better future! Apply to join us now.
Experiencing Ancient Forests is a trip designed for high school students (if you’re graduating in Spring 2020 that’s fine). The priority application deadline is April 12th, with the final deadline on May 10th.