Join Our Fall 2020 Trips!

Note: Reconnect Earth has instituted new health guidelines for the fall season to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic:

-All participants are required to wear a face mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines while on trips.

-All participants must check their temperature before the trip. You may do so at home, or use our no-touch thermometer when you arrive. Please do not come on the trip if you have a fever.

-Also please do not come on the trip if you have any of the following symptoms that aren’t attributable to other causes: dry cough, chills, congestion/runny nose (not related to allergies), unusual significant fatigue, sore throat, muscle or body aches, nausea/vomiting, shortness of breath not caused by exercise, persistent new diarrhea (longer than 24 hours), new loss of taste or smell.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 safety precautions, please let us know at reconnectearth@gmail.com!

Exploring Lake Padden

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Visit the second-largest lake in Bellingham, and explore the forest and wetlands that surround this unique place. Lake Padden Park is home to giant trees, wildlife habitat, and an extensive trail system. It is an important resting spot for migratory birds, and we’ll take take time to look for ducks and other waterfowl on passing through on their way south. We’ll also talk about environmental and social justice issues in our local area and opportunities to take action.

When: Sunday, October 25th, 11:00am – 3:00pm*

Location: Meet at the Lake Padden East parking area, off Samish Way between 46th and 48th St. (a 10 minute drive or 30 minute bike ride from WWU, also accessible by bus).

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and clothing to keep you dry in case of rain. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Fairly easy (only small amounts of elevation gain).

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Searching for Fall Salmon

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Witness one of the most iconic wildlife spectacles in our region: the return of migrating salmon to their ancestral spawning grounds. We’ll follow Chuckanut Creek through Arroyo Park–and if we’re lucky, we’ll get to see these big, powerful fish up close. We’ll take a break for a conversation about the Indigenous history of what is now Northwest Washington, and Indigenous uses of the salmon that have provided food for people since time immemorial.

When: Saturday, November 14th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm*

Location: Meet at the Arroyo Park parking area off Old Samish Road (a 10 minute drive or 15 minute bike ride from WWU).

What to bring: A full water bottle and clothing to keep you dry in case of rain. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Easy (slight uphills and downhills; potentially wheelchair accessible, though not ADA-approved).

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Experience the 100 Acre Wood, Bellingham’s Close-to-Home Forest

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The 100 Acre Wood is one of the largest forested areas located within Bellingham city limits. Easily accessible from WWU or the Fairhaven/Sehome neighborhoods, it is a great place to experience nature without traveling far. We’ll get to know the web of trails that wind through this beautiful area, stopping to look at plants, fungi, and wildlife. We will also save time for a discussion about how our actions affect the human and more-than-human environment around us.

When: Saturday, December 5th, 11:00am – 4:00pm*

Location: Meet at the Fairhaven Park lower parking area, off Chuckanut Drive (a 5 minute drive, 10 minute bike ride, or 30 minute walk from WWU, also accessible by bus).

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and clothing to keep you dry in case of rain. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Fairly easy (occasional stretches of uphill and downhill).

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Reconnect Earth would like to respectfully acknowledge that our Fall 2020 trips take place on the traditional, sovereign territory of the Lummi, Nooksack, and other Indigenous peoples. In visiting these places we travel through landscapes whose recent history includes theft, genocide, and the displacement of Indigenous and other marginalized groups. We challenge ourselves and other to actively push back against these historic and present-day injustices on our trips and in our daily lives.


*Trip end times are approximate. While we’ll do our best to get back to the trip’s starting point by the posted end time, we suggest not making plans that depend on finishing right on time. Some trips may also conclude slightly earlier than the advertised time.

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