Summer 2021: Reconnect Earth Returns to the Field!

Reconnect Earth recently wrapped up a busy summer, our first in the field since COVID-19 put a temporary stop to our activities in 2020. This year, with new COVID safety precautions in place, we were able to return to the field and run two nine-day backpacking trips in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, as planned.

College students and recent college graduates from throughout the Greater Northwest region–and beyond–joined our trips in July and August, during which we hiked through subalpine meadows, climbed to the base of a huge alpine glacier, experienced ancient old-growth forests, and much more. Along the way we had many discussions about environmental issues, social justice, and grassroots activism skills, exploring how to activate our potential as agents of positive change in our communities.

To learn more about our successful Summer 2021 trips, check out our season impact report here. Also stay tuned for more opportunities with Reconnect Earth as we head into the school year–and in the meantime, check out the photos below from the summer!

Photo by Jo Butenhoff
Photo by Ryann Burton
Photo by Nicole Weeks
Photo by Ryann Burton
Photo by Reconnect Earth
Photo by Reconnect Earth
Photo by Reconnect Earth
Photo by Ryann Burton

Raising Your Voice for Change: An Earth Week Event With Reconnect Earth

Do you want to make your voice heard on current environmental or social justice issues? Are you unsure how communicate your opinion to the elected officials who represent you? Would you like to craft a message that’s powerful, persuasive, and designed for maximum impact? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join Reconnect Earth on Tuesday, April 20th from 6:00-7:30pm PST for Raising Your Voice for Change, a virtual event to help you become a more effective advocate.

Register here to get the event Zoom link.

Modern technology makes communicating with elected officials easier than ever–but doing so in a way that has real, lasting impact is more challenging. In this event, we’ll go over different ways to contact your representatives, how to make your message stand out, and how to harness your personal story to leave a lasting impression. We’ll also talk about other upcoming opportunities to develop activism skills with Reconnect Earth.

Sign up here for Raising Your Voice for Change, and we’ll send you the Zoom link to join. This is a free event and you only need access to a computer with internet to participate.

Students: Join Us In The North Cascades This Summer!

In Summer 2021, join Reconnect Earth for an experience you’ll never forget: nine days backpacking and camping on Mount Baker in the North Cascades while learning about ecology, human and natural history, and grassroots social change. Hike through ancient old-growth forests, sleep in a beautiful subalpine meadows, and climb to the base of a giant glacier while exploring how to harness your potential as an agent of positive social and environmental change.

Apply here to join a summer trip in 2021

For a preview of questions you’ll be asked to answer on the application form, see here.

Reconnect Earth’s summer trips are designed for college students and young folks of roughly college age (defined as approximately 18-29). Older and younger applicants may both be considered on a case-by-case basis.

We’re offering trips during two sets of dates in 2021: July 17th-25th and August 14th-22nd. When you fill out the application, you will be able to indicate which trip you would like to join.

Thanks to our low overhead and generous donors, we can offer our trips at a significantly lower price than many similar programs. Tuition for our 2021 summer trips is $575, with partial scholarships covering up to more than 80% of the regular price available to those for whom the regular tuition is a genuine financial barrier (you’ll also have the chance to request a scholarship during the application process).

Apply to join a Summer 2021 trip

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“I started the trip surrounded by people I didn’t know and ended with close friends whose friendships I will cherish for the rest of my life.” – Samara, June 2019 trip participant.

Currently, both our July and August trips are full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please fill out the trip application form here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs page and our COVID safety policies page. You can also email questions to

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