As spring emerges in the North Cascades, our campus is bustling with Mountain School students exploring mountain ecosystems through hands-on activities around Diablo Lake, Graduate M.Ed students are preparing for their Spring Natural History seminar in the Methow Valley, we have enrolled 83 students in Youth Leadership Adventures and birders on our staff are a'twitter as spring migrants like violet-green swallows, yellow-rumped warblers and ruby-crowned kinglets move through the Upper Skagit valley.
GiveBigLogo It's also time for our spring fundraiser, and you can Give BIG for Youth by scheduling your gift now or donating May 10. Your contribution today is essential to the future—inspiring and empowering the next generation so they will care for and protect our public lands and natural places. Up to $35,500 in donations will be matched by generous donors. Thank you!
Did you receive our calendar of programs in the mail recently? All of our programs are open for registration now, including:
  • Family Getaways: Connect with your family - and nature too - on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park! We provide comfortable accommodations, delicious meals served buffet-style in our lakeside dining hall and a daily schedule of fun outdoor activities. Learn more at www.ncascades.org/family.
  • Base Camp: Flexible, affordable and fun, Base Camp offers you the opportunity to explore the North Cascades while enjoying the comforts of our campus in the heart of North Cascades National Park. Every Base Camp booking offers a room that sleeps up to four people, three delicious meals and a daily naturalist-led outdoor activity. Book your stay at www.ncascades.org/basecamp.
  • Adult classes: Explore the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest by signing up for a Learning Center class or field excursion. Ranging from one-day to weekends, topics include geology hikes, art and writing classes, birding trips, wildlife tracking and more, taught by the region's best naturalists, artists and guides. See calendar below and learn more at www.ncascades.org/classes.
Browse all these different routes, as well as four different kinds of Skagit Tours, online at www.ncascades.org/get_outside. If you would like a calendar mailed to you, email your address to nci@ncascades.org or call (360) 854-2599. Happy spring!

P.S. We’re hiring! Grants Coordinator, Environmental Learning Center Office Coordinator & more. Details at ncascades.org/employment.


May 19-21: Environmental Learning Center Stewardship Weekend / special pricing!
June 23-24: Night Photography at Washington Pass
June 30-July 2: Early July Family Getaway
July 7-9: Adventures NW Photography Workshop 
July 14-16: Mid-July Family Getaway
July 21-23: Late July Family Getaway
July 22: Mount Baker Geology: Fire and Ice in Morovitz Meadow (3 spots left!)
July 29: Urban Dragonflies with Dennis Paulson 
August 4-6: Early August Family Getaway ~ special "next level" session

August 5: Mount Baker Geology Hike: Artists Point with the Babcocks
August 18-20: Late August Family Getaway

September 16: Night Photography at Artists Point
September 16-17: Hawkwatching at Chelan Ridge (2 spots left!)
September 22-24: Wildlife Tracking
September 29-Oct 1: Sit Walk Write: Nature & the Practice of Presence (ELC)

Sold Out! Sailing the San Juans, Harvesting Seaweed, Spring Snake Search, Watercolors, Blockprinting, In the Company of Corvids...see a class above you want to take? Don't delay!

Registration and information 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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Spring bird migration, first blooms, morel hunting & more from the North Cascades on our blog Harvest Dinner: "A Life in Mountain Rescue" with Bree Loewen + special meal & overnight at the ELC!  Powerhouse Insiders Tours ~ Behind-the-scenes in Gorge Powerhouse & Newhalem     
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