Mushrooms, meditation, salmon, birding & more in the North Cascades
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Happy Fall! As we pass through the Autumnal Equinox, we look forward to all the gifts of the season: the golden larches, migrating birds, chilly nights and dewey mornings, harvest bounty from local farms and a sense of slowing down and turning inward. Here's a poem from our executive director Saul Weisberg perfect for these days of transformation:

Autumn Camp, Ross Lake

Every morning, a few more
crinkled red leaves
of the vine maples
appear on the trail
to the water.

Fall is a great time for books: Weisberg will be reading from Headwatershis collection of poetry and field notes, in bookstores around the region, while several notable Northwest nature writers will be reading at Village Books in Bellingam.

At the Learning Center, the new cohort of Graduate M.Ed. students have settled in for their year-long residency and campus is bustling with Mountain School children learning about the interconnections of our ecosystem. The alpine is glowing with the bright yellows and reds of mountain ash and blueberry bushes, nutcrackers are busy caching seeds, salmon are spawning in the Skagit and tributary creeks and mushrooms including chanterelles, oysters and shaggy manes are popping throughout the forest.

Read on to find out more about our many upcoming programs and events, and stay cozy!

Fall 2015 Learning Adventures: Now Registering!

October 3: Birds of the Salish Sea aboard the Snow Goose (field)
October 3-4: Free Baker Lake Cleanup (field)
October 9-11: Watercolors in the North Cascades (ELC) / sold out!
October 9-11: Mushrooms and Culinary Adventures (ELC)
October 17-18: Harvest Dinner + "Return of the Cascadian Carnivores" presentation (ELC) / sold out~commuter rate available!
October 23-25: Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence (ELC)
October 24: Mushrooms of Baker Lake (field)
November 7: Salmon on the Nooksack (field)
November 8-11: Wilderness First Responder recertification (ELC)

Fall Base Camp at the Learning Center: October: 2-3, 3-4, 9-10 and 23-24!

Scholarships, student & military discounts, teacher clock hours and academic credit available!

Class descriptions, pricing and registration at >>


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Nature of Writing series at Village Books: Bob Pyle, David Guterson & more >> Special wildfire-themed Base Camps Oct 2-3 & 3-4 in the North Cascades >> Saul Weisberg's Headwaters book tour: Mazama, Woolley, Guemes, Seattle >>

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Coastal brown bears (grizzlies) taken by participant Joan Poor, during a trip to Katmai NP.  North Cascades Institute supports reintroduction of grizzly bears in the North Cascades ecosystem.


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