CFY-2015-PORTLETPlease join us in wishing Mountain School a Happy 25th Birthday by making a gift to inspire and empower the next generation! We’re timing this year’s Campaign for Youth to coincide with The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG on Tuesday, May 5 – an opportunity to leverage your gift through partial matching.

Twenty-five years and 26,000 students later, the core values of Mountain School are the same: get children out of the classroom to explore their wild backyard and connect with this special part of the world that we all call home.

Programs like Mountain School are needed now more than ever to combat what author Richard Louv calls “nature deficit disorder.” Children spend more than seven hours a day in front of an electronic screen. Increasing separation from the natural world is linked to childhood obesity, attention disorders, depression and lower academic achievement. North Cascades Institute’s answer? Experiential learning in the heart of one of our nation’s wildest national parks.

Mountain School serves 54 schools throughout Washington, 74% of them public. Private funding from people like you is essential for getting over 2,200 kids to Mountain School every year.

Thank you for wishing Mountain School a Happy 25th Birthday by giving a gift that will make a lasting difference for youth through place-based learning in the North Cascades.

2015 Learning Adventures with North Cascades Institute: Now Registering!

May 22-24: Wilderness Photography: Into the Forest
May 29-31: Stewardship Weekend at the Learning Center
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
July 19: Geology: Artist Point
July 24-26: After the Burn: Methow Wildfire Ecology

July 24-26: Late-July Family Getaway

We are also offering classes on Cascadian carnivores, poetry, wildfire ecology, nature journaling, night photography and more. Class descriptions, pricing and registration at www.ncascades.org/get_outside >>



toursSkagit Tours: North Cascades Institute, in partnership with Seattle City Light and North North Cascades National Park Service Complex, offers interpretive tours "by boat, boot and bus" of the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Upper Skagit Valley. Tours don't start until July 2, but our phones are already busy with reservations ~ a great opportunity for families and out-of-town guests!

Details at www.ncascades.org/skagit-tours or (360) 854-2599.

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Dave Tucker's Geology Underfoot presentation in B'ham, 5/12 >> Read our just-released 2014 Annual
Report online >>
Saul Weisberg's book tour for Headwaters: Poems & Field Notes >>

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Top photo by Dylan Klinesteker; bottom photo credits: Dave Tucker by Ethan Welty, Saul Weisberg by Benj Drummond.


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