Winter and Spring 2019

Reconnect Earth would like to respectfully acknowledge that all of our winter and spring trips take place on the stolen, sovereign territory of Coast Salish Indigenous peoples including the Lummi, Nooksack, and Semiahmoo.

English_Ivy_Chery_WikimediaEarth Day Weekend Radical Habitat Restoration, April 21st

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This Earth Day weekend help remove invasive plants on Galbraith Mountain, while exploring what it means to live in a landscape where native and introduced plants, animals, and people interact. We’ll spend some time pulling exotic plants that are taking over the local ecosystem, then take a break for a conversation about Indigenaity, colonialism, and restoring nature in a globalized world. Make sure to bring a lunch. Physical difficulty level: Moderate. 

When: Sunday, April 21, 10:00am – 3:00pm.*

Location: Meet at the Galbraith Mountain Bike Park North Entrance (a 10 minute drive or 25 minute bike ride from WWU, also accessible by bus).

Suggested donation: None, we will donate our work! Register

P1120487Decolonizing Contested Landscapes, May 4th

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From ongoing struggles of Indigenous peoples against colonialism, to conflicts over the rights of immigrants from Central America, Asia, and Africa, Northwest Washington has long been a place where those fighting for justice have made their mark. On May 4th Reconnect Earth will take a walk through downtown Bellingham, visiting and discussing sites of historical and present-day importance to local Indigenous peoples, as well as places that serve as reminders of the struggles of immigrants against White supremacy. We’ll also draw connections between these human conflicts, resource extraction, and the health of the more-than-human environment. Physical difficulty level: Easy.

When: Saturday, May 4, 1:00- 4:00pm.*

Location: Meet at the corner of Holly St and Cornwall Ave in downtown Bellingham.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

lostlake3Visiting Lost Lake, May 18th

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Follow the North Lost Lake Trail through the Chuckanut Mountains, gradually gaining elevation as we pass through lush forest and skirt alongside immense sandstone cliffs, eventually reaching Lost Lake itself. On this trip we’ll discuss the natural and human history of the Chuckanuts and stop for an activity or two that facilitates reflection on how we as human relate to the vast web of biodiversity that surrounds us. Bring lunch to eat on the trail. This hike is about 9 miles round trip over relatively easy terrain. Physical difficulty level: Moderate.

When: Saturday, May 18, 11:00am – 5:00pm.*

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

Suggested donation: $10. Register

IMG_20181111_112809289Forests and Lakes: Hiking Chanterelle Trail, June 2nd

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Hike up through the forest and emerge onto a lookout point with a spectacular view of Lake Whatcom, the Chuckanut Mountains, and Bellingham Bay. We’ll pause along the way to admire and discuss the plant and animal life, and for some fun yet thought-provoking activities. With the view of Lake Whatcom in the background, we’ll also talk about issues affecting this lake that supplies Bellingham with drinking water and opportunities to help improve the health of our waterways. This hike is about 5 miles round trip and steep in places. Bring lunch to eat on the trail. Physical difficulty level: Moderately difficult. 

When: Sunday, June 2, 11:00am – 5:00pm*

Location: Meet at the North Lake Whatcom Trailhead (a 25 minute drive from WWU).

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.