Events in Seattle & Bellingham and Saul's new book!

c13-grad-2Happy Spring! Changes are coming swiftly to the North Cascades, as plants are budding, birds are migrating and the North Cascades Highway is open again. Another big shift happened as Cohort 13 wrapped up their Graduate M.Ed. degrees with a set of engaging capstone presentations on topics ranging from "nature play in preschool" to "storytelling as a source of wonder" to "language acquisition as a lens for environmental education." The week concluded with a graduation ceremony with family and friends and the annual “passing of the paddle” to the next cohort!

Our time together always seems so fleeting, and we say farewell to Tyler, Annabell, Kaci, Samantha, Elissa, Katie, Katherine and Sarah with a mixture of sadness and excitement for what they will do next out in the big, wide world.

April is a big month for North Cascades Institute events: world-class alpine climber Colin Haley at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center (April 10), ecologist and author Thor Hanson (April 11) and a community celebration of the Salish Sea (April 16) at Village Books in Bellingham and the launch of our Executive Director Saul Weisberg’s new book of poems Headwaters with readings throughout Cascadia.

Our friendly registration team is available to assist you at or (360) 854-2599.


2015 Learning Adventures with North Cascades Institute: Now Registering!

May 1-3: Watercolors in the North Cascades: Wildlife
May 9-10: San Juan Treasures: Exploring Yellow and Jones Islands
May 10: Snakes and Amphibians of the Methow Valley
May 22-24: Wilderness Photography: Into the Forest
May 29-31: Stewardship Weekend at the Learning Center
June 5-7: Wild Edibles from Land to Sea on Lopez Island
June 5-7: Songs of Spring: Birding in the North Cascades
June 12-14: Watercolors in the North Cascades: Landscapes
June 20: Urban Lichens
June 26-28: The Artful Map: A One-Page Journal
July 3-5: Fourth of July Family Getaway
July 12: Geology: Cinder Cones and Crater Lakes of Mount Baker
July 17-19: Mid-July Family Getaway
July 18: Urban Dragonflies

We are also offering classes on raptors, poetry, wildfire ecology, nature journaling, night photography and more. Class descriptions, pricing and registration at >>

15_05BaseCampBase Camp: We often hear from people who want to come to the Environmental Learning Center to spend time exploring Diablo Lake and North Cascades National Park, but not with a specific class or Family Getaway. That's why we created the Base Camp program! Flexible, affordable, enriching and fun, Base Camp offers you the opportunity to explore the American Alps on your own schedule. Each night of Base Camp includes accommodations in our comfortable lodges, three delicious meals made predominately with locally-sourced, organic ingredients and an optional guided nature activity. We are kicking off the 2015 Base Camp season May 1-2, and have many more openings on a space-available basis.

Come on up! Details at or (360) 854-2599.

sally-jewell 2Guess who'd rather be in the North Cascades? United States Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, that's who! North Cascades Institute executive director Saul Weisberg and board member Therese Ogle had a chance to meet with her last week at the 21st Century Service Corp lunch in Seattle ~ good things a'brewing!

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Colin Haley's "Shuksan to Cerro Torre" presentation in Seattle, April 10 >> Nature of Writing Speaker Series at Village Books in Bellingham >> Saul Weisberg's book tour for Headwaters: Poems & Field Notes >>

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Top photo by Andy Porter; bottom photo credits: Colin Haley by Mikey Schaefer, Saul Weisberg by Benj Drummond.


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