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 mushrooms to photography, 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 slate of 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.


 

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 Hahn

Wild Edibles with Jennifer Hahn

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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Adventures NW Photography Workshop

Adventures NW Photography Workshop

Jun 10, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
Instructors: John D'Onofrio, Alan Sanders

 

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Geology: Cinder Cones and Crater Lakes

Geology: Cinder Cones and Crater Lakes

Jun 18, 2016
Instructors: Dave Tucker

 

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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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The Artful Map

The Artful Map

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

 

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Best Hikes of Cascadia I 7/08/2016

Best Hikes of Cascadia I 7/08/2016

Jul 08, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Best Hikes of Cascadia I 7/09/2016

Best Hikes of Cascadia I 7/09/2016

Jul 09, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Beaver Ecology in the Methow

Beaver Ecology in the Methow

Jul 09, 2016 - Jul 10, 2016
Instructors: Kent Woodruff

 

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Best Hikes of Cascadia I 7/10/2016

Best Hikes of Cascadia I 7/10/2016

Jul 10, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Hart's Pass Wildflowers

Hart's Pass Wildflowers

Jul 22, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016
Instructors: Shelley Weisberg

 

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Ross Lake Canoe Adventure

Ross Lake Canoe Adventure

Jul 28, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Wilderness Photography: Wildflowers

Wilderness Photography: Wildflowers

Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016
Instructors: Mark Turner

 

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Wilderness Photography: Artist Point at Night

Wilderness Photography: Artist Point at Night

Jul 31, 2016 - Aug 01, 2016
Instructors: Andy Porter

 

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Beats on the Peak: Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake

Beats on the Peak: Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake

Aug 04, 2016 - Aug 07, 2016
Instructors: Saul Weisberg, Gerry Cook

 

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Geology: Artist Point

Geology: Artist Point

Aug 06, 2016
Instructors: Scott and Marca Babcock

 

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Backpacking for Women

Backpacking for Women

Aug 11, 2016 - Aug 14, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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San Juan Treasures III: Canoe and Sucia Islands

San Juan Treasures III: Canoe and Sucia Islands

Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Instructors: Joseph & Connie Jones

 

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Best Hikes of Cascadia II 8/26/2016

Best Hikes of Cascadia II 8/26/2016

Aug 26, 2016
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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