Summer in the North many things to do!

Happy June! As summer approaches, our Environmental Learning Center gets busier and busier! This month we’re wrapping up spring Mountain School, sending out the first Youth Leadership Adventures trip, offering a birding weekend and photography workshop, welcoming people to our Base Camp “learning and lodging” program and hosting the Cascade Loop Board Retreat, Whatcom Weavers gathering, a youth summit, physics conference, yoga retreat, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Forum and the UW Doris Duke Conservation Scholars students. Whew!

Our M.Ed. graduate students are busy too with a transition day wrapping up their residency at the Learning Center and pivoting towards their summer leadership tracks. This year they're working with organizations as diverse as the National Park Service, Classroom in Bloom, the US Forest Service, Methow Valley Interpretive Center and Redfish School of Change.

Down in the lowlands, as part of our year-long celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial, we’re excited to partner with Village Books to present acclaimed nature writer Terry Tempest Williams June 15 at the Mount Baker Theater in Bellingham to share her new book The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks. Click here for ticket info and more. (You can also catch her at Seattle's Town Hall on June 16.)

A big shout-out to everyone who supported our Give Big for Youth campaign last month. You gave more than $158,000 to provide transformative experiences for young people in the North Cascades this year! And we're also thrilled to be one of 19 organizations in Washington State to receive No Child Left Inside grant funding this year. And one last hurray to the 40+ people who came to the Learning Center last month and lent a hand for our annual Stewardship Weekend, getting the local environment in good shape for the busy summer to come.


2016 Learning Adventures: Now Registering!

June 3-5: Birding East & West of the Cascades
June 10-12: Adventures NW Photography Workshop
June 15: Terry Tempest Williams at the Mt. Baker Theater
June 18: Geology: Cinder Cones and Crater Lakes of Mt. Baker
June 24-26: The Artful Map
July 8-10: Best Hikes of Cascadia I
July 9-10: Beaver Ecology in the Methow
July 17: Free Anniversary Picnic at the Learning Center
July 22-24: Hart's Pass Wildflowers
July 28-31: Ross Lake Canoe Adventure
July 29-31: Photography II: Wildflowers
July 31-August 1: Photography III: Artist Point at Night
August 4-7: Beats on the Peaks: Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake

August 5-7: Early August Family Getaway *includes "next level" activities for returning families
August 6: Geology: Artists Point
August 11-14: Backpacking for Women
August 19-21: San Juan Treasures: Canoe & Sucia Islands
August 19-21: Late August Family Getaway
August 26-28: Best Hikes of Cascadia II
August 27: Urban Lichens

Registration and more information at >>

Teacher clock hours, scholarships, student and military discounts and academic credit may be available >>

Skagit Tours: Diablo Lake, Powerhouse Tours & more Terry Tempest Williams at the Mt. Baker Theater,
June 15
"Wild Nearby" Trails & Camping Expo at the Burke, June 18

2015 AR cover

From launching Mount Baker SnowSchool to the Goodell Creek wildfire, from celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Mountain School to welcoming the largest cohort of M.Ed. Graduate students yet, 2015 was an epic year at North Cascades Institute!

Read all about it in our brand-new 2015 Annual Report at
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Top photo of a black bear near Highway 20 by Institute naturalist Shari Galiardi

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