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 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 personal assistance, feel free to call us at (360) 854-2599 or email nci@ncascades.org.

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

Winter Tracking I: Baker Lake Snowshoe Excursion

Winter Tracking I: Baker Lake Snowshoe Excursion

Feb 22, 2015
Instructors: David Moskowitz

 

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Ross Lake: Exploring the Drawdown by Canoe

Ross Lake: Exploring the Drawdown by Canoe

Apr 03, 2015 - Apr 05, 2015
Instructors: Jon Reidel

 

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Watercolors in the North Cascades: Wildlife

Watercolors in the North Cascades: Wildlife

May 01, 2015 - May 03, 2015
Instructors: Molly Hashimoto

 

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Snakes and Amphibians of the Methow Valley

Snakes and Amphibians of the Methow Valley

May 10, 2015
Instructors: Scott Fitkin, John Rohrer

 

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Wilderness Photography: Into the Forest

Wilderness Photography: Into the Forest

May 22, 2015 - May 24, 2015
Instructors: Mark Turner

 

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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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