Citizen Science BioBlitz: Maple Pass Plant Inventory

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Citizen Science BioBlitz: Maple Pass Plant Inventory
Program Series Learning Center classes and retreats
When Sun Aug 17, 2014 05:00 PM to Mon Aug 18, 2014 05:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Instructors Institute staff
Triple Accommodations $95.00
Clock hours 12
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“Among the many supreme North Cascades Highway hikes, the Maple Pass loop is perhaps the most exalted.”

— Craig Romano, Day Hiking North Cascades

The North Cascades’ renowned alpine areas are home to some of the country’s most charismatic, yet vulnerable, flora and fauna. Join Institute naturalists and our public lands partners to learn more about the ecology of these fragile areas through a Citizen Science excursion.

Maple Pass is one of the most popular hikes along the North Cascades Highway, and for good reason: “majestic old-growth forests, a sparkling alpine lake, resplendent alpine meadows, enticing open ridges and stunning North Cascades vistas,” as guidebook author Craig Romano notes.

It is also unique because both the National Park Service and US Forest Service share management responsibilities of this area. 2014 marks the start of a multi-year project to restore some of the vegetated areas that have been negatively impacted by heavy hiker use, as well as to catalog the plants and animals to aid with future resource management.

Join us at the Learning Center for dinner and an evening presentation to learn about this project and the native plants and animals that inhabit our local alpine areas. The following day, we’ll hike into the mountains to continue learning, see the restoration sites up-close and contribute to the efforts by lending a hand with some inventory and stewardship projects at Maple Pass.

A commuter rate for people who prefer to camp on their own is available: $40. Please register for this option by calling (360) 854-2599.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

TO REGISTER, please choose one of the following options:
  • Click button above to register online
  • Call (360) 854-2599 with your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card ready
  • Download and mail a registration form with your credit card information or personal check
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