Family Getaways

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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.

Scholarships are available for Family Getaways! Please visit our Scholarship page for more information or call (360) 854-2599.

Family Getaway - Early July 2017

Family Getaway - Early July 2017

Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Family Getaway - Mid July 2017

Family Getaway - Mid July 2017

Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Family Getaway - Late July 2017

Family Getaway - Late July 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Family Getaway - Early August 2017

Family Getaway - Early August 2017

Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Family Getaway - Late August 2017

Family Getaway - Late August 2017

Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017
Instructors: Institute staff

 

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Attendee Reviews

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Great flexibility. Great integration of education and fun.”


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The getaway exceeded our expectations several times over. The Institute, staff, food, activities, nature, warmth, love ... I could go on and on.”


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This is a wonderful way for our family to spend time together. As parents we get to watch our children engage in activities led by mentors other than ourselves.... We had a fabulous experience."


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The bar had been set high before we came. It was great and would be hard to better. "


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This weekend was so much more than we ancticipated. Thank you!"


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Exceeded expectations by far. Loved that everything was very high level — interesting and engaging.”

Family Getaways in the News

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North Cascades Environmental Learning Center’s weekend Family Getaways offer a premium “camping” experience and you’ll love it..."

ParentMap Magazine,
2015 Golden Teddy Award Finalist


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Hidden high in the North Cascades National Park, you’ll find that the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center offers the best base camp for families and individuals who want the ultimate outdoors experience..."

Bellingham Watcom County Visitor's Guide


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Known as a 'hub of discovery in the North Cascades,' this is a place where science, wilderness and environment are equal to fun and adventure, where people and place are connected..."

Scenic WA

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