Winter and Spring 2022 Trips

Winter Marine Life at Boulevard Park, Saturday, Jan. 29th

Boulevard Park, on the edge of Bellingham Bay, is a great place to see the large numbers of migratory waterfowl–from small goldeneye ducks to large loons–that flock to this area every winter. We’ll follow the path through the park, using binoculars and a spotting scope to see birds and other animals up close. If we’re lucky, we might spy a harbor seal or otter swimming among the waves! If you’re looking for an easy experience with potential for great wildlife sightings, this trip is a great choice.

Location: Meet at the shelter near the now-defunct restrooms on the north end of Boulevard Park (a 20-minute walk or 10-minute bike ride from WWU)

When: Saturday, January 29th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm*

What to bring: A water bottle and suitable clothes for rain or cold.

Difficulty level: Easy. Wheelchair accessible.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Hike Around Lake Padden, Sunday, Feb. 20th

Lake Padden is one of the Bellingham area’s major landscape features, and an important habitat for countless plants, birds, and wildlife. After meeting by the dog park, we’ll follow the forested trail that encircles the lake while admiring huge trees, spotting spring migratory ducks and other birds on the water, and more. We’ll also take time for a group discussion or two, and talk about local environmental issues and how to make our voices heard.

When: Sunday, February 20th, 11:00am – 3:00pm*

Location: Meet at the Lake Padden Dog Park (a 10-minute drive or 30-minute bike ride from WWU; also accessible via the 533 or 540 bus).

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and clothes for possible rain or cold. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Hike Lookout Mountain, Saturday, April 23rd

Join us for a hike along the trail system that loops up and over Lookout Mountain, with a panoramic view of Lake Whatcom at the top! This trip will be during the height of spring wildflower season, and we’ll take lots of breaks to admire and identify the beautiful flowers and other organisms we find along our way. While immersed in the forest we’ll have a chance to talk about ecosystem succession, our place in the natural world, and ways to take positive local action.

When: Sunday, April 23rd, 11:00am – 4:00pm*

Location: Meet at the Lookout Mountain Preserve Trailhead (a 20 minute drive from WWU, also accessible via the 512 bus).

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and a rain jacket just in case. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Moderately challenging.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Exploring Clayton Beach, Saturday, May 14th

Clayton Beach in Larrabee State Park is one of the best places in Whatcom County to see tide pool life and other small marine creatures that live along the shoreline. After meeting at the South Lost Lake Trailhead parking area, we’ll follow the trail that descends through the woods to the beach, then make our way along the sandy shore, following the water’s edge. Whether it’s colorful anemones clinging to a rock or sand dollars burrowing in the mud, we’re sure to find some remarkable sea creatures. We’ll also pause for a discussion about issues facing marine life and how we can help.

When: Saturday, May 14th, 11:00am – 3:00pm*

Location: Meet at the South Lost Lake Parking Lot (a 15-minute drive from WWU, also accessible by bike via the Interurban Trail).

What to bring: Lunch and a full water bottle. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Moderately challenging.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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*All end times are approximate. We will do our best to finish up by the time listed on this page, but there is always the possibility of things taking longer than expected and we recommend not making plans that depend on being back by exactly then. Some trips may also finish early.

COVID note: Reconnect Earth strives to follow health authority recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. To help keep all participants on our trips safe, please keep in mind the following:

  • By choosing to come on the trip you are attesting that you have not recently experienced signs or symptoms of COVID-19 not attributable to other causes. Signs and symptoms include dry cough, chills, congestion/runny nose, unusual fatigue, sore throat, muscle/body aches, nausea/vomiting, shortness of breath not caused by exercise, persistent new diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell. Please stay home if you’ve had any of these in the last 48 hours.
  • We’ll be working to follow the latest recommendations and mandates around social distancing and mask wearing outside. Please bring a face mask in case it is necessary to use one.

Reconnect Earth would like to respectfully acknowledge that all our winter and spring trips take place on the traditional, sovereign territory of Indigenous peoples including the Lummi, Nooksack, Samish, Swinomish, and others. We challenge ourselves and others to seek out ways to help rectify past and present-day injustices against Indigenous peoples and work to dismantle systems that perpetuate colonialism.