June is here, the North Cascades Highway is open and Cascadia is entering it’s prime! The Methow and Skagit Valleys are full of wildflowers and the songs of migrant birds. The creeks, waterfalls and rivers are running strong with snowmelt. We are wrapping up Spring Mountain School (1,595 students, teachers and parent chaperones!), and our Graduate M.Ed. students have completed their Spring Natural History Intensive course (seen in above photo above Bear Creek). It’s a great time to plan ahead for your next trip to the North Cascades, and we’d love to see you at the Environmental Learning Center soon — our Base Camp "Learning & Lodging" program has lots of space to host you and your crew in June!

A big shout-out to everyone who supported our Give Big for Youth campaign this spring. More than 240 people from our community came together to give more than $157,000 to provide transformative experiences for young people in the North Cascades this year! With this wonderful outpouring of generosity, you have started the work today that is essential to saving our future - inspiring and empowering the next generation so that they will care for and protect our natural places. Thank you!

All of our programs are open for registration now, including:
  • Family Getaways: Connect with your family - and nature too - on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park! We provide comfortable accommodations, delicious meals served buffet-style in our lakeside dining hall and a daily schedule of fun outdoor activities. Learn more at www.ncascades.org/family.
  • Base Camp: Flexible, affordable and fun, Base Camp offers you the opportunity to explore the North Cascades while enjoying the comforts of our campus in the heart of North Cascades National Park. Every Base Camp booking offers a room that sleeps up to four people, three delicious meals and a daily naturalist-led outdoor activity. Book your stay at www.ncascades.org/basecamp.
  • Adult classes: Explore the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest by signing up for a Learning Center class or field excursion. Ranging from one-day to weekends, topics include geology hikes, art and writing classes, birding trips, wildlife tracking and more, taught by the region's best naturalists, artists and guides. See calendar below and learn more at www.ncascades.org/classes.
Browse all these different routes, as well as four different kinds of Skagit Tours, 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.


June 9-11: Blockprinting and Watercolors
June 23-24: Night Photography at Washington Pass
June 30-July 2: Early July Family Getaway
July 7-9: Adventures NW Photography Workshop 
July 14-16: Mid-July Family Getaway
July 21-23: Late July Family Getaway
July 29: Urban Dragonflies with Dennis Paulson 
August 4-6: Early August Family Getaway ~ special "next level" session

August 5: Mount Baker Geology Hike: Artists Point
August 18-20: Late August Family Getaway

September 16: Night Photography at Artists Point
September 22-24: Wildlife Tracking
September 29-Oct 1: Sit Walk Write: Nature & the Practice of Presence

Sold Out! Sailing the San Juans, Harvesting Seaweed, Spring Snake Search, Watercolors, In the Company of Corvids, Hawkwatching...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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Photography in the North Cascades: classes & outings to help improve your camera skills Base Camp at the ELC in June: accommodations, organic meals & outdoor explorations Diablo Lake Boat Tours: explore the stunning beauty of the North Cascades aboard the Alice Ross IV
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Top photo: Institute graduate students above the Methow Valley during their Spring Natural History Intensive; photo by Angela Burlile.

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