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.

P1120498Hiking Lookout Mountain, February 23rd

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Climb the trail up Lookout Mountain, a densely forested area just southeast of downtown Bellingham. We’ll identify and discuss plants and wildlife, do some activities designed to spark discussions about how we connect with the more-than-human world around us, and end up at a beautiful overlook with a view of the northern Chuckanut Mountains. Bring lunch to eat on the trail. This hike is about 5 miles round trip and steep in places. Physical difficulty level: Moderately difficult. 

When: Saturday, February 23, 11:00am – 5:00pm.*

Location: Meet in the parking lot at Lookout Mountain Park (a 20 minute drive from WWU, also easily accessible via the 512 bus!).

Suggested donation: $10. Register

 

P1120487Decolonizing Bellingham’s Landscape, March 10

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Take a walk through Bellingham’s Downtown and waterfront areas and learn about the Indigenous history of specific places and landscape features. While today Indigenous peoples continue to inhabit, shape, and care for this landscape, too often their rich history has been hidden by displacement and genocide. On this trip we’ll explore the implications of living on stolen Indigenous land, and the responsibility those of us with privilege have to educate ourselves about the past and present Indigenous presence in the landscape. Physical difficulty level: Easy.

When: Sunday, March 10, 11:00am – 3:00pm.*

Location: Meet at the corner of Holly and Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

 

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

 

P1120486Empire, Immigrants, and Extraction in Washington, May 4th

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Visit the sites of some of Northwest Washington’s most dramatic conflicts over immigrant rights. In the early 1900s, Bellingham and other coastal towns were at the center of a racist campaign against immigrants from India and other Asian countries who sought work in the timber and fishing industries. We’ll tour places in downtown Bellingham that were the site of anti-immigrant riots and struggles for racial justice, and explore how conflicts over immigration, resource extraction, and colonialism have shaped our modern world while continuing to play out today. 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.