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.

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: Institute staff

 

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People and Places of the Upper Skagit

People and Places of the Upper Skagit

Aug 27, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015
Instructors: Gerry Cook, Bob Mierendorf

 

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Wilderness Photography: Artist Point at Night

Wilderness Photography: Artist Point at Night

Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
Instructors: Andy Porter

 

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Citizen Science: Snake Count!

Citizen Science: Snake Count!

Sep 12, 2015
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Citizen Science: Hawk Watch!

Citizen Science: Hawk Watch!

Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Poetry: Rhythm and Reflection in the North Cascades

Poetry: Rhythm and Reflection in the North Cascades

Sep 25, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015
Instructors: Tim McNulty, Saul Weisberg

 

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Introduction to Field Journaling

Introduction to Field Journaling

Sep 25, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015
Instructors: Libby Mills

 

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Citizen Science: Baker Lake Cleanup

Citizen Science: Baker Lake Cleanup

Oct 03, 2015 - Oct 04, 2015
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Watercolors in the North Cascades: Deciduous Trees and Conifers

Watercolors in the North Cascades: Deciduous Trees and Conifers

Oct 09, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015
Instructors: Molly Hashimoto

 

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Mushrooms and Culinary Ventures

Mushrooms and Culinary Ventures

Oct 09, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015
Instructors: Lee Whitford

 

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Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence

Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence

Oct 23, 2015 - Oct 25, 2015
Instructors: Holly Hughes, Kurt Hoelting

 

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Salmon on the Nooksack

Salmon on the Nooksack

Nov 07, 2015
Instructors: Brady Green

 

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