Shorter days and longer nights. A dusting of snow on the high ridges. Raptors migrating overhead. Golden needles on the larches. Chilly mornings, deep blue skies and dazzling sunlight. We’ve moved through the Autumnal Equinox, officially leaving summer behind. Is Fall the best season of all in the Pacific Northwest?

Programs at North Cascades Institute reflect the changing of seasons too. Fall Mountain School is underway at the Environmental Learning Center, with busloads of 5th graders arriving from schools in Bellingham, Anacortes, Sedro-Woolley and beyond to learn about the ecosystems in their backyards through hands-on outdoor explorations in science and natural history.

Place-Based-CourseOur new cohort of Graduate M.Ed. students just returned from a unique placed-based summer learning excursion. Over the course of six weeks, they backpacked through the greater North Cascades ecosystem, exploring the natural and cultural history of the area from local professionals and leaders. They paddled the mighty Skagit River by canoe, and learned about marine ecology at research stations on the shores of the Salish Sea. Through these in-depth explorations of their new classroom for the next year-and-a-half, they also had the opportunity to grow close together as a cohort community. (We are currently recruiting for the next cohort of graduate students, class of 2020! Click here if you or someone you know would like more information.)

We’re also working on the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit at The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center November 4, another winter season of Mt. Baker SnowSchool and the ongoing Nature of Writing Speaker Series at Village Books in Bellingham.

Keep reading for more details on these and other opportunities, and enjoy the rare October Harvest Moon!

Nature of Writing Speaker Series
Village Books, Bellingham, free!

As the days grow shorter and nights longer, head into winter with new books that explore and celebrate the natural wonders of the world! From razor clams to clouds, you'll learn more about our wondrous planet through the voices of our country's most gifted nature interpreters.

Oct 6: Maria Mudd Ruth’s A Sideways Look at Clouds
Oct 15: Iris Graville's Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance
Oct 20: Langdon Cook’s Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon From River to Table
Oct 21: Kate Troll's The Great Unconformity: Reflections on Hope in an Imperiled World
Oct 25: David Berger’s 
Razor Clams: Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest

Times vary. More information on the authors, books and readings on our website at

Northwest Youth Leadership Summit
"Empowering Cascadia’s Future Leaders in Conservation"
The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, November 4

We are working closely with Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Seattle-area National Park sites to prepare for the next Northwest Youth Leadership Summit in Seattle. This is a free event for students ages 14-22 who have participated in outdoor, leadership and/or stewardship programs. Particpants will attend several Breakout Sessions to enhance their leadership and communication skills, collaborate with like-minded peers and attend an Opportunity Fair to learn about careers in conservation, outdoor and environmental fields.

   Know someone who might be interested?
The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, October 8


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Create a vital step on the path for young people to be environmental leaders through sponsoring or donating goods to the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit in Seattle. Sponsor amounts range from $150 to $2,500 and are a great way to promote your business to our customers and professional networks. Learn more at or download the sponsor packet here.

SnowSchool Winter-at-the-NCELC FamilyGetaways
Become a Mt. Baker SnowSchool volunteer or student interns for an unforgettable winter adventure Book and Save: 25% discount for group programs of 15+ people during December, January and February Family Getaways 2018: now open for registration. Plan ahead for family fun & learning in the North Cascades
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photo credits: Larches, Elizabeth D. Grewal, Winter at Learning Center, Saul Weisberg; Snowschool, Abby Sussman; Youth Summit, Michael Telstad.

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