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 2015 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.

Check the sidebar for information on scholarships, clock hours and academic credit and Frequently Asked Questions.

Block Printing at the Burke

Block Printing at the Burke

May 29, 2015 - May 30, 2015
Instructors: Molly Hashimoto

 

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Hands to Work: Learning Center Stewardship Weekend

Hands to Work: Learning Center Stewardship Weekend

May 29, 2015 - May 31, 2015
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Songs of Spring: Birding in the Cascades

Songs of Spring: Birding in the Cascades

Jun 05, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Wild Edibles from Land to Sea on Lopez Island

Wild Edibles from Land to Sea on Lopez Island

Jun 05, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015
Instructors: Jennifer Hahn

 

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Watercolors in the North Cascades: Landscapes

Watercolors in the North Cascades: Landscapes

Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015
Instructors: Molly Hashimoto

 

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Urban Lichens

Urban Lichens

Jun 20, 2015
Instructors: Katherine Glew

 

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The Artful Map: A One-Page Nature Journal

The Artful Map: A One-Page Nature Journal

Jun 26, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015
Instructors: Jocelyn Curry

 

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In the Company of Corvids

In the Company of Corvids

Jun 26, 2015 - Jun 28, 2015
Instructors: John Marzluff

 

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Urban Dragonflies

Urban Dragonflies

Jul 18, 2015
Instructors: Dennis Paulson

 

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Geology: Artist Point

Geology: Artist Point

Jul 19, 2015
Instructors: Scott and Marca Babcock

 

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After the Burn: Wildfire Ecology in the Methow

After the Burn: Wildfire Ecology in the Methow

Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
Instructors: Susan Prichard

 

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Dragonflies of the North Cascades

Dragonflies of the North Cascades

Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 02, 2015
Instructors: Dennis Paulson

 

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Geology Across the Cascades

Geology Across the Cascades

Aug 07, 2015 - Aug 09, 2015
Instructors: Scott and Marca Babcock

 

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Wilderness Photography: Capturing the Cascades

Wilderness Photography: Capturing the Cascades

Aug 07, 2015 - Aug 09, 2015
Instructors: Andy Porter

 

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Carnivores of the Cascades

Carnivores of the Cascades

Aug 07, 2015 - Aug 09, 2015
Instructors: John Rohrer, Scott Fitkin

 

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Wilderness Photography: Washington Pass at Night

Wilderness Photography: Washington Pass at Night

Aug 13, 2015 - Aug 14, 2015
Instructors: Andy Porter

 

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Poets on the Peaks: A Ross Lake Literary Adventure

Poets on the Peaks: A Ross Lake Literary Adventure

Aug 13, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015
Instructors: Gerry Cook, Saul Weisberg

 

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Geology: Landslides and Floods

Geology: Landslides and Floods

Aug 15, 2015
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Cob Oven Construction and Cooking

Cob Oven Construction and Cooking

Aug 20, 2015 - Aug 22, 2015
Instructors: Bernhard Masterson

 

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