Learning Center Programs & Field Excursions

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Join us at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center for hands-on learning adventures with the Pacific Northwest’s best naturalists, artists, scientists and writers.

In addition to world-class educational opportunities on topics ranging from birds to watercolors to geology to "poets on the peaks,"  classes at the Learning Center offer comfortable accommodations in our guest lodges, delicious meals made from local, organic ingredients in our lakeside dining hall and naturalist-led activities in the Diablo Lake neighborhood.

We also offer Field Excursions away from the Learning Center that explore the natural and cultural history of Cascadia, including Mount Baker, the Methow Valley, the San Juan Islands, the Skagit Valley, Chelan Ridge, Seattle and beyond.

Our new slate of January-June 2016 programs at the Learning Center and in the field is listed below. Registration is offered online or by phone. For assistance, feel free to call us at (360) 854-2599 or email nci@ncascades.org.


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North Cascades Institute admits students and participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability.


Winter Tracking Excursion A

Winter Tracking Excursion A

Feb 20, 2016
Instructors: Marcus Reynerson

 

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Winter Tracking Excursion B

Winter Tracking Excursion B

Feb 20, 2016 - Feb 21, 2016
Instructors: Marcus Reynerson

 

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Ross Lake Revealed: Exploring the Drawdown by Canoe

Ross Lake Revealed: Exploring the Drawdown by Canoe

Apr 22, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016
Instructors: Jon Reidel

 

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Skagit Canoe Adventure

Skagit Canoe Adventure

Apr 29, 2016 - May 01, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Snakes and Amphibians of the Methow Valley

Snakes and Amphibians of the Methow Valley

May 08, 2016
Instructors: John Rohrer, Scott Fitkin

 

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San Juan Treasures 2: Exploring Sucia Island by Boat and Boot

San Juan Treasures 2: Exploring Sucia Island by Boat and Boot

May 14, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Instructors: Kevin Campion

 

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Hands to Work: Learning Center Stewardship Weekend

Hands to Work: Learning Center Stewardship Weekend

May 20, 2016 - May 22, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Blockprinting and Bookbinding

Blockprinting and Bookbinding

May 27, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Instructors: Jules Remedios Faye

 

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Sauk Mountain Wildflowers

Sauk Mountain Wildflowers

May 28, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Spring Birding East and West of the Cascades

Spring Birding East and West of the Cascades

Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
Instructors: Libby Mills

 

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Wild Edibles with Jennifer Hann

Wild Edibles with Jennifer Hann

Jun 03, 2016 - Jun 05, 2016
Instructors: Jennifer Hahn

 

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Pacific Northwest by Brush: Watercolors in the North Cascades

Pacific Northwest by Brush: Watercolors in the North Cascades

Jun 10, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
Instructors: Molly Hashimoto

 

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The Artful Map

The Artful Map

Jun 24, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016
Instructors: Jocelyn Curry

 

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In the Company of Corvids

In the Company of Corvids

Jun 24, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016
Instructors: John Marzluff

 

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