Top Ten Things to do in the North Cascades

Happy July! With Summer Solstice having recently passed, we are officially in summertime and it's time to make plans to visit your "Wild Nearby!" We're offering over 250 different programs this year to get people of all ages outside exploring, learning about and connecting with the North Cascades. From our Base Camp “learning and lodging” program to Skagit Tours' Diablo Lake Boat Tours and Gorge Powerhouse and Newhalem Tours, field classes from Harts Pass to the San Juan Islands, Family Getaways and more.

Behind the scenes, we at the Institute are filled with anticipation to welcome our 16th cohort of Graduate M.Ed. students this month, excited to have so many visitors stopping in our book stores in Newhalem, Marblemount, Sedro-Woolley, Stehekin and Diablo Lake and, last but not least, working hard to prepare for the upcoming 30th Anniversary Picnic ~ click here for details and to RSVP.

Did you see the Seattle Times' article penned by our executive director Saul Weisberg on his "Ten Favorite Things to do in the North Cascades" last month? We've reposted it on our Chattermarks blog and it is sure to inspire all kinds of outdoor adventures!

We hope to see you in the mountains this summer!


July 9-10: Beaver Ecology in the Methow
July 17: Free Anniversary Picnic at the Learning Center
July 22-24: Hart's Pass Wildflowers
July 28-31: Ross Lake Canoe Adventure
July 29-31: Photography II: Wildflowers
July 31-August 1: Photography III: Artist Point at Night
August 4-7: Beats on the Peaks: Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake

August 6: Geology: Artists Point
August 11-14: Backpacking for Women
August 19-21: San Juan Treasures: Canoe & Sucia Islands
August 19-21: Late August Family Getaway
August 26-28: Best Hikes of Cascadia II
August 27: Urban Lichens
September 1-2: Photography: Washington Pass at Night 
Sept 2-4: Labor Day Weekend Family Getaway
Sept 8-11: People & Places of the Upper Skagit
Sept 11: Dragonflying with Binoculars (Seattle)
Sept 17: Geology: Mount Baker's Morovitz Meadow
Sept 24-25: Hawkwatching at Chelan Ridge
Sept 30-Oct 2: Naturalist Skills 101
Oct 15-16: Annual Harvest Dinner with Jon Riedel & John Scurlock

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Skagit Tours & Diablo Lake on KING 5 News Ten Favorite Things To Do in the North Cascades Jack Kerouac in the North Cascades

Thank you to the many businesses that have donated funds and gear to support 3,000 kids learning outside this year!

Alcoa | Backcountry Essentials |
Burlington Coleman Factory Outlet | Clif Bar
Columbia Sportswear | Enterprise Foundation
New Belgium Brewing | REI | Smartwool

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Top photo of a black bear near Highway 20 by Institute naturalist Shari Galiardi

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