It’s August and the North Cascades are in their summer prime! North Cascades Institute is as busy as can be these days, with multiple programs, retreats and classes overlapping daily at our Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake.
In recent weeks, we’ve welcomed the 16th cohort of graduate students to our Master of Education program — our largest one ever, with 17 students arriving from across the country for a year-long residency in the North Cascades (they’ll be backpacking from Bridge Creek to Stehekin and out Cascade Pass next week)! We’ve sent several groups of Youth Leadership Adventure students in to the backcountry for stewardship work, outdoor skills learning and leadership training. The past several Family Getaways have been brimming with people of all-ages, gathering together for family fun on the lake and around the campfire. We’ve held classes on geology, night photography, corvid ecology, wild edibles and watercolors. Skagit Tours brings hundreds of people to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Upper Skagit by way of Diablo Lake Boat Tours and Powerhouse Tours. And Base Camp continues to provide very affordable "learning and lodging" for visitors to the North Cascades who want comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and guided naturalist excursions.
In our Conferences & Retreats program, Learning Center staff have hosted a great diversity of groups over the past month, including the YMCA of New York’s Global Teens Program, Florida’s Broward College, Yakima Valley and Tonasket Upward Bound, University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Girls on Ice, the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, Kinship Conservation Fellows and DayTripper Tours from San Diego.
And, of course, we celebrated our 30th Anniversary (and the National Park Service’s Centennial) with a BBQ and open house that brought 1,000 people to the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center for campus tours, canoe trips, guided hikes, Diablo Lake Boat Tours, family games and delicious, local foods. Whether you were visiting for the very first time, or returning to a place you love, we thank everyone for showing up and for your enthusiasm to find out more about the work we do to get people of all-ages outside learning about and connecting with nature. Here are a few photos from this fun-filled day (and if you have good ones, we’d love for you to share them with us): flickr.com.
We’re in the home stretch of summer and we have lots of options available for you and your family and friends to come visit the North Cascades to learn, explore and connect with your Wild Nearby. Read on to find the route that works for you, and we hope to see you in the mountains soon!
August 4-7: Beats on the Peaks: Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake with Saul Weisberg
August 6: Geology: Artists Point
August 19-21: San Juan Treasures: Canoe & Sucia Islands
August 19-21: Late August Family Getaway
August 26-28: Best Hikes of Cascadia II (ELC-based, choose 1,2 or 3 days)
August 27: Urban Lichens (Seattle)
September 1-2: Photography: Washington Pass at Night with Andy Porter
Sept 2-4: Labor Day Weekend Family Getaway
Sept 8-11: People & Places of the Upper Skagit (Ross Lake)
Sept 11: Dragonflying with Binoculars (Seattle)
Sept 17: Geology: Mount Baker's Morovitz Meadow
Sept 24-25: Hawkwatching at Chelan Ridge
Oct 15-16: Annual Harvest Dinner with Jon Riedel & John Scurlock
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BIG THANKS TO OUR PICNIC SPONSORS!
Uber Technologies, McNett Corporation, National Environmental Education Foundation, Toyota National Sponsor, Automated Mailing Services, Cascadia Weekly
Adventures NW, Mount Baker Experience, The RE Store, Thomas & Associates Insurance Broker, Skagit Bank, Capstone Hardscape and Curbed Edges, Percolator Consulting, Folkmanis, Baker Law Firm, Alliance 2020, Group Health, Method Homes, Mountaineers Books, Mt. Baker Ski Area, Skagit Law Group, Skagit Valley Publishing/Skagit Valley Herald, United General District 304, The Mountaineers, Vital Climbing Gym & The Concrete Herald
And special thanks to our Foodshed partners for donating fantastic food!
Acme Valley Foods, 5B’s Bakery, Breadfarm, Blue Heron Farm, Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Cascadian Farms, Fairhaven Flour Mill, Highland Farm West, and Smallwood Farms
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