Reconnect Earth would like to respectfully acknowledge that all our Fall 2019 trips take place on the stolen land of sovereign Indigenous nations including but not limited to the Lummi, Nooksack, Swinomish,Semiahmoo, and other Coast Salish peoples. The seizure of these lands is an injustice still with us today, and we have a moral duty to work towards reparations for affected Indigenous peoples.Exploring Clayton Beach
Take a meandering hike along Clayton Beach, one of the area’s best spots for viewing tidepool life, seabirds, and wave-sculpted rock formations. We’ll look for sea stars, anemones, and crabs along the water’s edge; clamber over sandstone boulders; and talk about issues affecting Samish Bay and Puget Sound, and opportunities to take positive action.
When: Sunday, October 27th, 11:00am – 3:00pm*
Location: Meet at the Clayton Beach/South Lost Lake Trailhead parking lot off Chuckanut Drive (a 20 minute drive from WWU, or a 50-60 minute bike ride via the Interurban Trail).
What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and clothing to keep you dry in case of rain.
Difficulty level: Fairly easy
Suggested donation: $10. RegisterSearching for Fall Salmon
Look for adult salmon migrating up Chuckanut Creek to their spawning grounds! Every fall our region is witness to one of the most amazing animal spectacles in the Northwest: the return of salmon from the ocean to the waters of their birth. We’ll wander along the creek through Arroyo Park, stopping to admire the salmon wherever we find them. Before we finish, we’ll also have a chance to discuss issues facing salmon and proactive steps to protect them and their habitat.
When: Sunday, November 10th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm*
Location: Meet in the Arroyo Park parking area off Old Samish Road (a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bike ride from WWU).
What to bring: A full water bottle, and clothing to keep you dry in case of rain.
Difficulty level: Easy
Suggested donation: $10. RegisterExperience Bellingham’s Oldest Forest
Take a hike through Stimpson Nature Reserve, home to some of the oldest trees in Bellingham. We will pause to admire huge Douglas-firs, identify plants and animals we encounter on the trail, look for mushrooms, and see what makes old forests unique. Along the way we will stop for an activity or two about our role in the ecosystem and talk about how to take action on local environmental issues.
When: Sunday, November 24th, 11:00am – 4:00pm*
Location: Meet at the Stimpson Family Nature Reserve trailhead (a 20 minute drive from WWU, also easily accessible via the 512 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
Suggested donation: $10. Register
*End times are approximate. While we’ll do our best to get back to the trip’s starting point by the advertised 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.