North Cascades Institute Field Notes eNewsletter 14_01Header_CoryellMartin
A huge amount of gratitude for everyone who made a year-end gift to North Cascades Institute through our Annual Appeal! We are just back from our annual winter closure and still opening envelopes, but we are tantalizingly close to our fundraising goals for 2013 — if you haven’t already, there is still time to help support effective conservation education in the North Cascades by making a donation online at or by calling (360) 854-2599. 

Also, we’re excited to launch the application process for our 2014 Youth Leadership Adventures in late January! Stay in touch with the latest information on this exciting opportunity for motivated students ages 14-22 from Washington and Oregon who are ready for a fun, challenging summer adventure in the North Cascades at

Thanks for your continued support!

In This Issue:
  • Graduate M.Ed. Program updates
  • Vanishing Ice Speaker Series: “Climate Science Through Art," Jan 11
  • Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference, Feb 6-7
  • Edison Bird Festival, February 8-9
  • North Cascades Institute in National Parks Magazine

Graduate M.Ed. Program updates: new coordinator, early application discount

14_01JoshuaPorterWelcome to Joshua Porter, the Institute’s new Graduate Program Coordinator! For the past 20 years, he’s coordinated, developed and taught field-based programs from Alaska to Patagonia to Puget Sound. Since earning a M.S. from the Audubon Expedition Institute, Joshua has been teaching undergraduate courses for the Wild Rockies Field Institute and, more recently, as adjunct faculty in the Ecological Teaching and Learning M.S. program at Lesley University.

Other important information about the Graduate M.Ed. Program:

  • If North Cascades Institute and Western Washington University Graduate School application materials are received by January 15, students will receive a $500 residency fee discount. If they are received by February 15, students will receive a $250 residency fee discount.
  • Our next graduate cohort begins studies July 28, 2014 with an intensive one-month field experience in the North Cascades.
  • We’re excited to roll out the new summer quarter with a reduced cost and a more cohesive structure for incoming students!
For information on the application process, financial aid, scholarships and more, please visit, or reach out to Joshua anytime at or (206) 526-2567.

Vanishing Ice Speaker Series: “Imaging the Arctic: Climate Science Through Art”

Saturday, January 11, 2 pm, free: How can science and art work together to provide our society with a more comprehensive understanding of our warming planet? Expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin and Arctic biologist Kristin Laidre will share their process of collaboration in communicating the impact of sea ice loss on narwhals and polar bears in Greenland.

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

February 6-7, Western Washington University: The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference will explore ways to advance campus sustainability through the sharing of best practices, presentation of cutting edge examples of creative solutions to common challenges, and the development of regional collaborative networks. Attendees will gain new ideas, analyze sustainability management programs, build relationships, share transferable lessons with peers, and endeavor to form a more united coalition to support key statewide sustainability approaches, goals and policy initiatives.

Friends of North Cascades Institute save 20% on registration when you use the promotional code NCASCADES (code must be used at time of ticket purchase). Register by January 15 and you’ll get 20% off Early Bird pricing!

Register at


Edison Bird Festival: art, conservation, fascination

February 8-9: In conjunction with the Skagit Valley Hawk Census, the Edison Bird Festival features events that will inspire veteran birders and novice enthusiasts alike! Located in Edison, Washington — 70 miles north of Seattle and 20 miles south of Bellingham in the heart of the Samish Valley — the Edison Bird Festival will feature guided birding tours of the lower Skagit Valley with North Cascades Institute naturalists (register in advance by contacting, live raptors, bird ecology presentations, bird decoy carving and painting demonstrations, an invitational art exhibit, the infamous chicken parade down Main Street and more!

Details at


North Cascades Institute in National Parks magazine

Scott Kirkwood is editor in chief of National Parks magazine, a publication of the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit advocacy organization headquartered in "the other Washington." In the current issue, Kirkwood published a fun, informative and insightful story on his experiences spending the summer in the North Cascades National Park as the Institute's Artist-in-Residence.

Give it a read to learn about Mountain School, what it's like to climb Sourdough Mountain and the Learning Center staff's rituals that "remind us to stop and take time to breathe in every experience":


Top banner: Niaqornat Sunrise, 11″ x 30″ watercolor & gouache, field sketch completed in the studio, 2013; by Maria Coryell-Martin.



January 11: Vanishing Ice Speaker Series: “Imaging the Arctic: Climate Science Through Art”

Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, 2 pm, free!


February 6-7: Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Western Washington University, Bellingham

Special 20% off registration discount for Friends of North Cascades Institute; Early Bird pricing through Jan. 15.


February 8-9: Edison Bird Festival: art, conservation, fascination

Edison, WA

Event details at




You can be a part of our mission to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education by supporting the vital work of connecting the next generation with the natural world.

Donate today at


"Culinary experience and expertise: For North Cascades Environmental Learning Center chef Shelby Slater, quality is the key" in the Skagit Valley Herald



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