The Solar Eclipse has come and gone, and for one day, as one writer describes it, "life in America was put on hold -- the nagging to do list, the deadlines at work, the political debates and divisions. Everything receded, overtaken by the celestial event of the century suddenly looming over America." A few of our staff traveled to Oregon to witness the Totality, while others enjoyed the partial eclipse here in the North Cascades, seen above in a NASA composite image taken at Ross Lake. From Oregon to South Carolina, the total eclipse raced 3,000 miles across the continent at 2,100 mph. Wherever you were, we hope you got to experience this amazing celestial event!

We are in the waning days of summer and changes are in the air. Do you feel it too? As the season winds down, we still have a few handful of opportunities for you to visit the Wild Nearby of the North Cascades, including classes at the Environmental Learning Center (see calendar below), a few Base Camp dates, and Diablo Lake and Lunch Boat Tours on September 16-17.

​Browse all our available programs online at www.ncascades.org/get_outside.


Sept 22-24: Wildlife Tracking
Sept 29-Oct 1: Sit Walk Write: Nature & the Practice of Presence
Oct 13-15: Wild Mushrooms and Culinary Ventures

Oct 21: Mushrooms of the North Cascades: A Fungal Foray  (Baker Lake area)
Oct 21-22: Harvest Dinner & "A Life in Mountain Rescue" presentation ~ Sold out! Waitlist available.

Registration at ncascades.org/get_outsidenci@ncascades.org or (360) 854-2599.

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

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nciyla-2017 The 2017 Youth Leadership Adventures season has officially come to an end! This year, 78 incredible students, two interns and a passionate team of graduate and staff instructors explored the North Cascades, from the shores of Baker Lake to the top of Desolation Peak. Students had the opportunity to go backpacking and canoeing, practice leadership skills, discuss climate change, learn to identify the plants and animals of the North Cascades and participate in stewardship projects, including trail and restoration work. The future looks bright and green with this next generation of young leaders!


On August 8, the 17th Cohort of graduate students arrived to begin their 7-quarter educational journey towards their Master of Education degree! This group of 14 students travelled from all corners of the United States -- as far away as Florida! -- and will soon move in to a year-long residency at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. But first, they've embarked on a 6-week Place-based Education course to meet their new home, traveling by canoe down the length of the Skagit River to the Salish Sea. They will be meeting naturalists and community leaders to learn the natural history of the area, how its people interact with the landscape and what it means to develop a sense of place. Their summer course will culminate in an immersive 10-day backpack through the North Cascades in September. Stay tuned to our blog for updates, and a hearty welcome to Cohort 17!

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Youth Leadership Summit in Seattle, Nov 4: "Empowering Cascadia's Future Leaders in Conservation" Fall Mushrooming classes at the Environmental Learning Center and Baker Lake in October
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