Fall 2018 Trips

Experiencing the Chuckanuts. Explore the natural wonders, history, and ecology of the beautiful Chuckanut Mountains just south of Bellingham. We’ll hike the approximately four miles to Cedar Lake and back, stopping for some fun activities and to enjoy the scenery along the way. Get ready to experience magnificent Douglas-fir and cedar forests, look for autumn mushrooms, and see the unique Chuckanut Sandstone formations.

When: Sunday, October 21st, 11:00am to about 5:00pm*

Where: Meet at the North Chuckanut Mountain Trailhead** (a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bike ride from WWU).

Cost: Suggested donation $10. Register here.

Reconnect Earth’s Fall Student Activist Retreat. Spend Friday evening through Sunday morning building community organizing skills and networking with peers while taking a break from school to enjoy Washington’s beautiful, life-supporting coastline. The weekend’s activities will include trainings and workshops on grassroots advocacy, activism skills, and harnessing our potential as agents of positive change. We’ll also have time to explore the vibrant coastal and estuary ecosystems around Bay View State Park near Mount Vernon. Meals and overnight lodging in a pair of rustic cabins are provided. This trip is best suited to participants with a strong interest in grassroots change and environmental and social justice.

When: 5:00pm Friday, October 26th through 10:00am Sunday, October 28th.

Where: Bay View State Park** (about a 30 minute drive from Bellingham, email reconnectearth@gmail.com for carpool information).

Cost: Sliding scale, suggested $35. Register here.

Searching for Fall Salmon. Look for migrating fall salmon as they move upstream to spawn. The Northwest’s salmon are an iconic, keystone species on which the health of our forests and marine ecosystems depends. We’ll search for adult salmon returning to their natal streams. Prepare to be amazed by the sight of these huge, and hugely important fish migrating through the heart of Whatcom County.

When: Saturday, November 10th, 1:00 to about 4:00pm*

Where: Meet at Arroyo Park,** in the parking area off Old Samish Road (a 10 minute drive or 20 minute bike ride from WWU).

Cost: Suggested donation $10. Register here.

P1120444Exploring the Nooksack. Experience late autumn and look for birds and other wildlife along the Nooksack River, one of Whatcom County’s most important waterways. We’ll take a slow-paced stroll through wetlands and along the riverbank, pausing to enjoy sights along the way and discuss some of the ecological challenges in the Nooksack watershed. This day trip is an especially great option for those with limited mobility or who simply enjoy taking things slowly.

When: Saturday, December 1st, 1:00 to about 4:00pm*

Where: Meet at Hovander Homestead Park** north boat launch parking lot (a 20 minute drive from WWU, also accessible by bus).

Cost: Suggested donation $10. Register here.

 

*Please note that the listed end time for this trip is an approximation. We suggest not making plans that depend on arriving back at our end point by this estimated time.

**Reconnect Earth respectfully acknowledges that all of our Fall 2018 trips are located in the traditional, sovereign territory of Indigenous peoples including the Lummi and Nooksack, who have cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial and continue to do so today.