New classes, new video and THANK YOU!

Welcome to 2015! North Cascades Institute is revving up for the new year, working hard to offer more ways than ever before to get people of all ages out into the Wild Nearby. We are also dreaming up plans to celebrate two important Institute milestones in 2015: the 10th anniversary of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center and the 25th anniversary of Mountain School (look for details about an August 23rd picnic coming soon!) 

To stay on top of the latest news, classes and events, be sure you are subscribed to our monthly eNewsletter Field Notes as well as a fan of our Facebook page. Stay warm!


A huge thank you to all the individual donors who gave to our annual appeal in the last weeks of 2014. Because of you, we raised more than $75,000 to support inspiring, teaching and connecting people to the wild wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Our gratitude is immense, so thank you!


2015 Classes: now registering! We have published a handful of new spring and summer Learning Center classes and Field Excursions to our website. Upcoming highlights include:  

Feb 8: Birding Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo with Joe Meche
Feb 21: Birding the Greater Skagit Delta with Libby Mills
Feb 21: Winter Tracking Snowshoe Excursion with David Moskowitz
April 3-5: Ross Lake: Exploring the Draw Down by Canoe with John Reidel

May 9-10 and May 16-17: San Juan Treasures: Exploring Yellow and Jones Islands

There are also classes on forest photography, dragonflies, art, wild edibles, corvids, “poets on the peaks” and our popular Stewardship Weekend. Stay tuned as we'll have even more summer classes being offered in mid-February. 

Class descriptions, pricing and registration at >>


Though the highway is closed and the Learning Center is at its quietest, our 14th cohort of Graduate Masters of Education students are keeping very busy this winter. "Cascade Connections” — the 2015 Instructor Exchange with over 40 instructors and students from the Institute, Islandwood and Wilderness Awareness School — was a rousing success at the Learning Center this past weekend.

Next, they'll be attending the Storming the Sound Conference in La Conner, with several students presenting on the Institute’s unique residency program in North Cascades National Park.

Then in February, it is off to the Methow Valley for the annual winter natural history retreat to study snow science, avalanche hazard evaluation, winter ecology and wildlife tracking. 
We are currently accepting applications for the next cohort of graduate students, beginning Summer 2015. Working in partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, North Cascades Institute offers a M.Ed. program that blends leadership and nonprofit administration, curriculum development, natural and cultural history and residential program operations. After completion of the seven-quarter program, students receive a Master of Education degree from WWU and Certificates in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Natural History from the Institute.

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Now offering Internships
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Spring yoga retreats in
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Top photo: Snow goose wing detail by Jason Ruvelson.


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