All 2015 classes and getaways now online!
15-02-Raven-2Greetings from the Magic Skagit! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve posted all of our Family & Adult programs for 2015, including classes at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, Field Excursions taking place around Cascadia, Base Camp, Family Getaways and Skagit Tours! We’ve been working hard the past few months to pull these programs together — more than 100 different opportunities to join us in the Wild Nearby — and everything is now open for registration!

Our friendly registration team is available to guide you through the many diverse options and answer any of your questions. Contact Deb and Alaina at or (360) 854-2599.

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2015 Learning Adventures with North Cascades Institute: now registering! We have published dozens of new programs to our website. Upcoming highlights include:  

April 3-5: Ross Lake: Exploring the Draw Down by Canoe with John Reidel
May 1-3: Watercolors in the North Cascades: Wildlife
May 9-10 and May 16-17: San Juan Treasures: Exploring Yellow and Jones Islands
May 10: Snakes and Amphibians of the Methow Valley
May 22-24: Wilderness Photography: Into the Forest
May 29-31: Stewardship Weekend at the Learning Center
June 5-7: Wild Edibles from Land to Sea on Lopez Island
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
June 26-28: In the Company of Corvids

There are also classes on dragonflies, raptors, “poets on the peaks,” geology, wildfire ecology, nature journaling, night photography and five Family Getaway weekends!
Class descriptions, pricing and registration at >>


What time of the year did Sourdough Creek start flowing into Diablo Lake again? When were snow geese and bald eagles observed migrating into the Skagit Valley? On what day did the first snow fall at the Learning Center? North Cascades Institute’s Graduate M.Ed. students are taking note of these environmental changes as they experience them and sharing them on our blog, where you can also read about wolves, climate change, environmental book reviews and the Cascade Connections Instructor Exchange.

Take a virtual trip to the North Cascades via our blog at!

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Family Getaways:
July & August 2015 >>
Base Camp:
Overnight accommodations
in the North Cascades >>
New Graduate M.Ed. 
video with
Lauren Marziliano >>

National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis
and Institute Executive Director Saul Weisberg
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Top photo: Padilla Bay, John D'Onofrio; “Ravens in Love” © DM Windwalker Taibi, Raven Rocks Studio and Gallery; Jarvis and Weisberg, Benj Drummond.


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