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It's been quite a wild run of weather this month in Western Washington! As we send this issue of Field Notes out, both the North Cascades Highway (SR 20) and Mount Baker Highway (SR 542) are closed because of avalanches, ice and fallen trees, schools in the Bellingham area have been closed all week and our Environmental Learning Center at Diablo is buried in snow! If you want a view of these amazing winter storms, follow us on Instagram and Facebook, where we're posting photos, road conditions and updates daily. We also post our favorite photos of the week each week on our blog Chattermarks.


Beginning in June, we invite you to stay with us on Diablo Lake with Base Camp -- our popular "Learning and Lodging" program -- which just opened dates for 2017! Base Camp is a flexible, affordable opportunity to stay in the heart of North Cascades National Park and enjoy overnight accommodations in our guest lodges, three delicious locally-sourced meals and a daily outdoor learning adventure with our staff naturalists ~ starting at $65/night!


"Staying at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center was such a unique and nostalgic experience for us....like summer camp for adults," writes adventure travel website ForgetSomeday.com, who visited Base Camp last summer. "It was an absolute dream exploring the breathtaking scenery of the North Cascades."


Stay dry!


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We're excited to open up applications for this summer’s Youth Leadership Adventures for students grades 9-12. During 8- and 12-day expeditions, students canoe, backpack, camp and complete stewardship projects in the North Cascades while receiving hands-on training in outdoor leadership, field science and public speaking. No experience necessary! Check out our new video highlighting these transformative backcountry trips at https://youtu.be/FvdAIJm-8VU and learn more and apply at ncascades.org/youth.
 


COMING UP WITH NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE...

Feb 25: Winter Visitors: Birding the Skagit Delta with Libby Mills (Bow-Edison area)
April 29: Salish Seaweed Garden: Harvesting & Cuisine with Jennifer Hahn (Whidbey)
May 6-7: Exploring Yellow and Jones Islands by Boat and Boot (San Juan Islands)
May 13: Spring Snake Search in the Methow Valley
May 19-21: Environmental Learning Center Stewardship Weekend / special pricing!
June 9-11: 
Blockprinting & Watercolors with Molly Hashimoto (Environmental Learning Center)
June 16-18: Watercolors with Michelle Cooper 
(ELC)

New classes coming next week: Photography, Mount Baker geology, Fall watercolors, wildlife tracking, hawkwatching, mushrooms & more!

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Registration and information at ncascades.org/get_outside,
nci@ncascades.org or (360) 854-2599.


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


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Your voice needed for grizzly bear reintroduction in the North Cascades Mt. Baker SnowSchool: Bringing students to the mountains Diablo Lake & Lunch Boat Tours and Afternoon Cruises: now registering

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Photo of bobcat near Lake Whatcom in Whatcom County courtesy of Paula Rustan; 
SnowSchool by Emma Schumacher; Canoe by Angela Burlile.
 




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