Experience Fall colors in the North Cascades - larches, blueberries & more!

Happy Fall! Here on the other side of the Autumnal Equinox, the Cascadian forests take on tawny hues, temperatures dip, rains return and the days grow shorter and sweeter. At North Cascades Institute, with barely time to take a deep breath after one of our busiest summers ever, we are pivoting towards a bustling fall season of youth programs, field excursions and special events in Seattle and Bellingham.

Fall Mountain School is underway and the Environmental Learning Center is vibrating with the irrepressible energy of 5th graders -- they spend most of the day outside in small trail groups led by our Graduate M.Ed. students, learning about the North Cascades ecosystem through science, math, art and social studies.

Speaking of the grad students, they are heading out on their weeklong Natural History Intensive trip to the Methow Valley. As students work toward earning their Certificate in Northwest Natural History, they’ll learn about beaver ecology, hawk migration and the lifecycles of salmon, to name a few of the natural topics the eastslope of the North Cascades readily offers.

We’re also excited to be teaming up with The Mountaineers to present the 2016 Northwest Youth Leadership Summit. The Summit will take place in Seattle October 22 and will offer more than 100 students skill-building sessions, a career fair with public lands agencies and nonprofits, peer panels and opportunities to take next steps in education, conservation, science and land management. We’ll be joined by our friends at the National Parks Service, US Forest Service, Washington Conservation Corps, Student Conservation Association, Washington Trails Association and beyond. (Watch a short, inspiring video on last year’s summit here.)

Finally, if you are like us, you love the arrival of fall colors in the mountains, especially the larch trees at higher elevations. We are documenting the glorious hues of autumn on our Instagram account at instagram.com/ncascades.

Read on to discover opportunities to join us this fall and hope to see you soon!


Oct 8: Hob Osterlund’s Albatross and other Ancestors (Village Books, B'ham)
Oct 14: Kim Stafford’s Having Everything Right (Village Books, B'ham)
Oct 15-16: Harvest Dinner: Glaciers of Cascadia with Jon Riedel & John Scurlock / sold out!
Oct 20: "Why Grizzly Bears?" with Chris Morgan (Seattle)
Oct 22 Mushrooming Field Trip at Baker Lake
Oct 22: Northwest Youth Leadership Summit (Seattle)
Oct 26: "A Year in the Lives of North American Owls" with Paul Bannick (Seattle)

Oct 28-30: Fall Stewardship Weekend at the ELC / special pricing
Oct 29-30: Flora and Fauna Watercolors (Seattle)
Nov 5-6: Blockprinting (Seattle)

Nov 4: Alan Weltzein's Cultural History of PNW Volcanoes (Village Books, B'ham)
Nov 13: Robert Michael Pyle's Chinook & Chanterelle (Village Books, B'ham)

Registration and more information at ncascades.org/get_outside >>

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Photo of larch trees at Blue Lake in the North Cascades by Andy Porter Images

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