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In her poem “The Summer Day,” Mary Oliver writes

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?

What great advice on how to enjoy the prime months of summer here in Cascadia! We hope you have the opportunity to feel “idle and blessed” and are making room for time spent in nature. Life at the Environmental Learning Center is anything but idle, however, though we feel blessed to be serving so many people of all ages in a wide range of inspiring and educational programs, from Family Getaways to Base Camp to Skagit Tours and more.

​Browse all our available programs online at www.ncascades.org/get_outside. If you would like a calendar mailed to you, email your address to nci@ncascades.org or call (360) 854-2599.

Here's to "kneeling down in the grass" in the summertime... hope to see you in the mountains soon!



August 4-6: Early August Family Getaway
August 18-20: Late August Family Getaway
Sept 16: Night Photography at Artists Point (Mt. Baker area)
Sept 22-24: Wildlife Tracking
Sept 29-Oct 1: Sit Walk Write: Nature & the Practice of Presence
Oct 13-15: Wild Mushrooms and Culinary Ventures

Oct 21: Mushrooms of the North Cascades: A Fungal Foray  (Baker Lake area)
Oct 21-22: Harvest Dinner & "A Life in Mountain Rescue" presentation

Sold Out! Sailing the San Juans, Harvesting Seaweed, Spring Snake Search, Watercolors, Corvids, Hawkwatching, Baker Geology Hikes... see a class above you want to take? Don't delay!

Registration and information at ncascades.org/get_outsidenci@ncascades.org or (360) 854-2599.

Scholarships, student and military discounts and teacher clock hours available!

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Our Youth Leadership Adventures season is underway in the North Cascades, and we’ve already taken 42 high school students on backcountry leadership trips to Ross, Diablo and Baker Lakes and the Pacific Crest Trail. Together we’ve worked on campsites and trails, hiked Desolation Peak, paddled into the wind and hiked over 100 miles of trails while learning about field science and climate change. Our 12-day Science and Sustainability session returned home on Friday. Get ready for the next group of conservation leaders!

​Our next cohort of M.Ed graduate students begin their educational journey on August 7! Fourteen students, along with our graduate program staff, are backpacking into Stehekin via Bridge Creek and then headed out Cascade Pass. The backcountry trip will serve as an orientation to the greater North Cascades and associated ecosystems as a set of interconnected natural and cultural landscapes. We're so excited to meet this new group of students, who will be spending the next year living, learning and teaching at the Environmental Learning Center!
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"A Northwest Summer Splurge That Is Worth It" --Parentmap August Family Getaways 
Beautiful hand-drawn North Cascades map available in our new online store at ncascades.org/shop

Wildlife, trails, lakes and peaks: follow us on Instagram for amazing photos from the North Cascades
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