Happy spring! It is spring, isn’t it?? That’s what the calendar says, as well as the green shoots and buds emerging in the lowlands. But is sure has been a grey and rainy season. The Seattle P-I reports that since October 1, Seattle has had 123 days with rain or snow, 149 with more than 70 percent cloud cover, and “just nine -- that's nine, as in two more than a week -- with less than 30 percent cloud cover.” Anybody else ready for some sunshine?

Another sure sign of spring is the annual Capstones & Graduation Ceremony for our graduate students that took place two weeks ago at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Fifteen students from across the country earned their Masters in Education in our residency degree program offered in partnership with Western Washington University, as well as Certificates in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration and Northwest Natural History awarded by the Institute ~ our largest cohort yet! Congratulations everyone, and we can't wait to hear about all the good work ahead of you!

If you are a Bellinghamster, we hope you’ll do your grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market on Lakeway on Wednesday, April 5. That's when 5% of the day’s sales will be donated to North Cascades Institute to support our youth programs, like Mountain School!

Did you receive our calendar of programs in the mail recently? We are excited to have all of our different programs 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! Enjoy a weekend in the mountains but leave your tent and camp stove at home and let us take care of all the details. 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. Each Base Camp booking offers rooms that sleep up to four people, three delicious meals and a daily naturalist-led outdoor activity. Learn more 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. 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.


May 19-21: Environmental Learning Center Stewardship Weekend / special pricing!
June 16-18: Watercolors with Michelle Cooper (ELC)
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 22: Mount Baker Geology: Fire and Ice in Morovitz Meadow with Dave Tucker
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 with the Babcocks

More classes and registration and information at ncascades.org/get_outside,
nci@ncascades.org or (360) 854-2599. More than a third of our classes are sold out, so don't delay!

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

We are teaming up with Village Books this spring to present the Nature of Writing Speaker Series at the bookstore in Fairhaven! Local authors will share new books that explore and celebrate the natural wonders of the world, including orca whales, rain gardens, urban restoration, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and the natural history of our mountains.

Saturday, April 8, 4pm Dual presentation! Adrienne Ross Scanlan, Zsofia Pasztor & Keri DeTore Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope & Nature in the Urban Wild and Design & Build Your Own Rain Gardens for the Pacific NW
NatureofWriting-Author3 Friday, April 14, 7pm Tami Asars Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Washington: Section Hiking from the Columbia River to Manning Park
NatureofWriting-Author4 Saturday, April 15, 7pm Lynda Mapes Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century Old Oak
NatureofWriting-Author5 Friday, April 21, 7pm Daniel Matthews Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains
NatureofWriting-Author6 Friday, April 28, 7pm Mark Leiren-Young The Killer Whale Who Changed the World
NatureofWriting-Author7 Friday, May 5, 7pm Joshua Stilts Whatcom Fish Tales: A Historical Look at the County's Seafood Industry

More information at www.ncascades.org/events.
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