Wildfire update; Learning Center open for business

As most of you know by now, the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center had been under threat by the Goodell Fire burning inside the national park over the past 10 days. We finally have good news to report: the Environmental Learning Center has received more than 3 inches of rain over the past several days and the Goodell Fire is no longer a significant threat to the Environmental Learning Center! 

n August 30, the Washington State Department of Transportation opened State Route 20 and our evacuation order was lifted. North Cascades Institute is working to reopen the Environmental Learning Center and assume normal operations, including the start of Mountain School and Fall Quarter for our Graduate M.Ed. students. (Unfortunately, the remaining schedule of Skagit Tours have been cancelled for the year.)

North Cascades Institute thanks each and every one of you for the outpouring of support. We continue to be grateful for you, for our partners in the National Park Service, Seattle City Light and US Forest Service and for the firefighters working on the wildfires across Washington State.

Your financial support is one way to help us in this tumultuous time of program cancellations and lost revenue ~ more than $80,000 and counting. Donations can be made at www.ncascades.org/donate. We also encourage you to support families in need on the eastside of the state; the Community Foundation of North Central Washington has compiled a list of resources at www.cfncw.org/fire.  

The past ten days have been amongst the most challenging in our 29-year history, but the silver lining has been witnessing our staff, board and graduate students pulling together as one. We’ve been made stronger by this crisis and I’m so happy to report that North Cascades Institute is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Saul Weisberg, Executive Director

ps. Like us on Facebook to continue to get updates on the wildfires and re-opening of the Environmental Learning Center and visit our Tumblr to see some truly spectacular photo galleries.

Fall 2015 Learning Adventures: Now Registering!

September 11: Photography: Artist Point at Night (field)
September 12: Citizen Science: Snake Count (field)
September 19-20: Citizen Science: Hawk Watch (field)
September 25-27: Poetry with Saul Weisberg and Tim McNulty (ELC)
September 25-27: Introduction to Field Journaling (ELC)
October 3: Birds of the Salish Sea aboard the Snow Goose (field)
October 3-4: FREE Baker Lake Cleanup (field)
October 9-11: Watercolors in the North Cascades (ELC)
October 9-11: Mushrooms and Culinary Adventures (ELC)
October 18: Harvest Dinner + Return of the Cascadian Carnivores presentation with Bill Gaines, Scott Fitkin and John Rohrer (ELC)
October 23: Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence (ELC)
October 24: Mushrooms of Baker Lake (field)
November 7: Salmon on the Nooksack

Fall Base Camp at the Learning Center: September 4-6, 18-19 and 25-26; October: 2-4, 9-10 and 23-24!

Scholarships, student discounts teacher clock hours and academic credit available!
Class descriptions, pricing and registration at www.ncascades.org/get_outside >>


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IMG_4383Did you read the excellent story on Mountain School in The Seattle Times a couple Sundays ago? Reporter Ron Judd and photographer Steve Ringman spent 3 days at the Learning Center this past spring and the results -- "Mountain School makes the magic of the wilderness real for kids" -- are amazing!

"Mountain School still represents what Saul Weisberg espoused from the beginning: A chance for Northwest kids to get out in nature — many of them spending nights away from home for the first time — and go home with mountain air embedded in their hearts. While the Institute’s unofficial mission has always been to “save the world,” it’s official task is to put people and nature together and stand back in awe watching what happens. It can’t happen without the dirty hands.”

Read the story and watch a great video from the Learning Center and Diablo Lake at http://bit.ly/1DucmaG. You can support Mountain School today with a donation to North Cascades Institute!

15-10YLCApplications for our 2015 Youth Leadership Conference are now being accepted. The conference is open to students ages 14-22 who are alumni of our youth programs, including Youth Leadership Adventures, Mountain School, Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Youth and Concrete Summer Learning Adventure. Information and application at www.ncascades.org/ylc

Check out a video of a past YLC at https://youtu.be/-qodHuqq3jA.

Due date is Friday, October 2!

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Nature of Writing series at Village Books: Bob Pyle, David Guterson & more >> Special wildfire-themed Base Camps Oct 2-3 & 3-4 in the North Cascades >> Saul Weisberg's Headwaters book tour: Olympia, Mazama, Woolley, Seattle >>

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