Facilities and accommodations



Learning Center classrooms, labs and libraries offer spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and provide excellent conference space and meeting accommodations. The spirit of the campus is one of refined, understated natural beauty. Throughout the interior and outside spaces of our LEED Silver Certified venue, the natural world and striking landscape of the North Cascades are close and accessible. Snow-capped peaks tower overhead, ravens circle in the sky and a rich diversity of plants and wildlife are just outside the door.

Facilities include:

  • Three classrooms provide flexible meeting space for up to 50 people. They include tables, chairs, whiteboards and Internet connection.
  • Three outdoor teaching shelters, nestled in wooded settings along accessible trails, provide settings for break out sessions and small group work.
  • An outdoor amphitheater offers a larger gathering space for guests or can serve as a more intimate location for storytelling over a campfire.
  • The Wild Ginger Library provides an informal gathering space that's perfect for reading and reflection. A dramatic handcrafted conference table provides seating for 12 people.


Accommodations include:

There are three European-style lodges— Fir, Cedar and Pine —with guest rooms and shared gender-specific bathrooms with private showers. We offer private, double, triple and quad occupancy rooms.

Bedrooms also include wireless Internet, writing desks and built-in wardrobes. Two lodges have a lounge area with sofas, chairs, fireplace and a limited kitchenette — perfect for relaxing and late night conversations. Linens (pillow, sheets, blanket and towels) are supplied.

Bigquotesbronze"The North Cascades Institute Learning Center and helpful staff offer Kinship Fellows exactly the right mix of access to pristine natural surroundings and opportunities to learn more about the sustainable practices exhibited at North Cascades Institute. Our program participants leave the Learning Center both rested and with a renewed sense of conservation’s larger purpose.”

— Sarah Knobloch, Kinship Foundation

North Cascades Environmental Learning Center is an intimate, comfortable setting that accommodates people with a wide range of interests and physical abilities. Lodges, public areas and most trails are wheelchair accessible.

Upcoming Retreats
January 6-10, 2017
North Cascades Institute is honored to host the Association of Nature Center Administrators’ biannual gathering to advance the residential environmental education movement through the sharing of current ideas, concerns, solutions and insights.

Currently Available Dates: 
October 28-30, 2016
November 4-6, 2016
November 18-20, 2016
To learn more about these dates, please contact retreats@ncascades.org or (206) 526-2565. Other dates become available through the year, so don't hesitate to ask!


In 2015, we hosted 30 conferences and retreats, including seven yoga retreats, eight Remote Medical International courses, four conferences, four professional workshops and three luncheons at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center!

Proceeds from your stay support our youth education programs, helping us provide local students opportunities to experience the outdoors at little to no cost.

Please email Calvin at or call (206) 526-2565 with any questions!

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