Winter and Spring 2020 Trips

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.

Reconnect Earth’s Student Activism Training Summit

Join Reconnect Earth for a weekend on the edge of Washington’s Padilla Bay developing grassroots activism skills and exploring topics like Indigenous history, social justice in outdoor spaces, and estuary ecology! We’ll stay Saturday and Sunday, January 25th-26th, at beautiful Bay View State Park, spending the night in the park’s cabins and the days exploring strategies for creating grassroots change and social movement organizing techniques. Along the way we’ll take time to enjoy being immersed in a biologically diverse coastal ecosystem rich with animal and plant life. There will be an optional action opportunity the morning of Monday, Jan. 27th.

Read more about the summit here or sign up here

When: 11:00am Saturday, January 25th – 4:00pm Sunday, Jan 26th (optional action opportunity the morning of Jan. 27th).

Location: Bay View State Park, just outside of Burlington. We’ll be organizing carpools to help folks get there!

What to bring: Snacks, a water bottle, and a sleeping bag (we have sleeping bags available for loan). Meals from lunch Saturday through (optional) breakfast Monday are provided.

Physical difficulty level: Easy. Wheel chair accessible.

Registration fee: $15-40 sliding scale. Register

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Winter Birds and Marine Life Along Bellingham Bay

We’ll start at the beginning of the South Bay Trail minutes from downtown Bellingham, finishing at Boulevard Park and following the edge of the bay as we pause to look for birds, marine mammals, and other shoreline life. Animals we could see include Barrow’s goldeneye ducks (pictured at left), long-tailed ducks, and many other waterfowl as well as otters, seals, and marine invertebrates of the inter-tidal zone. We’ll also talk about threats facing local marine ecosystems and how to take positive action.

When: Saturday, Feb. 8th, 11:00am – 3:00pm*

Location: Meet at the State Street roundabout (a 15-minute walk or 10-minute bike ride from WWU, also accessible by bus).

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and winter weather clothing.

Difficulty level: Easy. Wheelchair accessible.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Hiking to Cedar Lake

Hike to beautiful Cedar Lake in the Chuckanut Mountains just south of Bellingham. We’ll follow the Hemlock and Pine & Cedar Lakes Trails, stopping along the way to look at plants and wildlife, explore our relationship with local ecosystems, and talk about how to take action on pressing environmental problems. Cedar Lake is one of the few places around Bellingham where all four of the Puget Sound area’s dominant lowland conifers can be found growing side by side! Come prepared to appreciate this and many other natural sights along the trail. 

When: Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 11:00am – 4:30pm*

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

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and winter weather clothing. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Moderately challenging.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Exploring Lake Padden

Lake Padden is one of the major landscape features of the Bellingham area, and an important habitat for countless species of plants and animals. We’ll hike some of the forested trails around the lake, admiring huge trees, looking for wild ducks on the lake, and more. We’ll also take time for a discussion or two, and talk about ways to speak out locally on environmental issues.

When: Saturday, April 11th, 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 a rain jacket. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Moderate.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Hiking Lookout Mountain

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 flowers and other organisms we find along the trail. We’ll also have discussions about forest succession, our place in the natural world, and ways to take positive local action.

When: Sunday, April 26h, 11:00am – 3:30pm*

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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Following Whatcom Creek

Since time immemorial, Whatcom Creek has been a place of importance to the Indigenous people of what is now the area around Bellingham. It is also an important habitat for wildlife ranging from salmon to river otters and even harbor seals. We’ll start at the mouth of Whatcom Creek where it enters Bellingham Bay, then follow it through a semi-forested, semi-urban environment all the way up to the stream’s source at Lake Whatcom. Join us as we get to know Bellingham’s natural landscape at a deeper, more intimate level.

When: Sunday, May 10th, 11:00am – 3:00pm*

Location: Meet at Maritime Heritage Park, (a 30-minute walk or 10-minute bike ride from WWU, also accessible by bus).

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and winter weather clothing. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Moderately challenging.

Suggested donation: $10. Register

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Hiking the Chanterelle Trail

From near the shore of Lake Whatcom, the Chanterelle Trail leads up to an overlook with an absolutely stunning view of the lake, the town of Bellingham, and Bellingham Bay in the distance. The way up to and down from the overlook will take us through forest where we’ll practice identifying plants and wildlife pause for an activity or two, and discuss our role in protecting the Lake Whatcom watershed from harm,

When: Saturday, May 23rd, 11:00am – 4:00pm*

Location: Meet at the Chanterelle Trail parking area (a 30-minute drive from WWU).

What to bring: Lunch, a full water bottle, and rain jacket because you never know. Sturdy shoes recommended.

Difficulty level: Moderately challenging.

Suggested donation: $10. Register