Family Getaways


Gather your family in the north Cascades

Connect with your family – and nature too – on the  shores of Diablo Lake. Spend quality time together while enjoying the invigorating mountain air and starry night skies of North Cascades National Park, one of the most spectacular wilderness landscapes in all of North America.

Enjoy a weekend in the mountains and leave your tent and camp stove at home and let us take care of all the details. We provide comfortable accommodations in our cozy lodges and delicious, healthful meals, with the tastes of young diners in mind, served buffet-style in our lakeside dining hall.

The most difficult choice of your weekend may be which activities your family wants to join. Will you follow our skilled naturalists as they lead kids and adults alike on adventures on Diablo Lake and the surrounding network of trails? Do you want to take part in daily outdoor games, arts and crafts, storytelling and scientific explorations? Should you spend the day hiking to spectacular views of local glaciers or simply relaxing with a book in the Wild Ginger Library? With our inspiring slate of activities designed to introduce adults and children of all ages to the wonders of the natural world, you'll be able to design your own itinerary to create the perfect weekend retreat for your family.

We welcome groups that include parents, grandparents, children, guardians, aunts and uncles and nontraditional families. Children ages two and younger can be added to the family registration at no charge. Children are the responsibility of a parent throughout the program.



We are honored that our Family Getaways were a finalist for a “Golden Teddy” award as voted by the readers of ParentMap magazine! This influential magazine for Pacific Northwest parents and families wrote:

North Cascades Environmental Learning Center’s weekend Family Getaways offer a premium “camping” experience and you’ll love it. No need to bring a tent and no need to miss gourmet eating; sleep in a comfy rooms and enjoy healthy, family-style meals in the dining hall. In between sleeping and eating, soak up the stunning North Cascades scenery on hikes, during organized games, while reading or sketching, or partaking in whatever kind of family fun suits you.

Read a review of Family Getaways by ParentMap Magazine at

Family Getaway - 4th of July 2016

Jul 01, 2016 - Jul 03, 2016
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Family Getaway - Late July 2016

Jul 22, 2016 - Jul 24, 2016
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Family Getaway - Early August 2016

Aug 05, 2016 - Aug 07, 2016
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Family Getaway - Late August 2016

Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
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Family Getaway - Early September 2016

Sep 02, 2016 - Sep 04, 2016
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MM-FG-thumb.jpgFamily Getaways provide a unique opportunity for families of all shapes and sizes to gather in the North Cascades. Watch Video

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