Late-July Family Getaway

Late-July Family Getaway
Program Series Family Getaways
When Jul 24, 2015 11:00 AM to Jul 26, 2015 01:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Instructors Institute staff
General Tuition (age 18+) $260.00
Youth Tuition (age 3-17) $175.00
Infant Tuition (age 0-2) free
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"Every year, the North Cascades Institute hosts several family getaways at its beautifully designed facility located on Diablo Lake. Families spend their days exploring some of the most breathtaking, rugged country in our state, but roughing it is not required. Think of it as camping -- with comfortable beds, on-site naturalists, and a chef to prepare organic meals." — ParentMap

Come enjoy the great outdoors with your family in the heart of North Cascades National Park and start a new family tradition! Situated on the wooded shores of Diablo Lake, three hours from Seattle or two from Bellingham, the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center beckons with its inviting lodges, cozy library, lakeside dining hall, outdoor gathering spaces and network of trails. Our talented kitchen staff creates delicious meals, using fresh, local and organic ingredients as much as possible, that please the palates of people young and old. The coffee pot is on all day, as well as a wide selection of local tea, and every night brings a new dessert delight!

Institute naturalists, working alongside National Park Service rangers, present your family with a daily slate of engaging, hands-on activities. Fun options may include voyages on Diablo Lake in the big canoe, exploring old growth forests, learning to navigate by map and compass, creating art using natural objects and discovering what tiny critters live in Diablo Lake. Each season presents unique occasions for outdoor explorations and fun adventures, and our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff is adept at making the most of what nature has to offer. You will also have opportunities to enjoy free time however you please.

In the evening, we’ll gather around the campfire with stories and songs beneath the innumerable stars of the North Cascades night sky.

At the conclusion of every Getaway, you'll feel inspired and refreshed, your children will have a new tribe of friends, and you'll wonder how soon before you and your family can return to the Learning Center!

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

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Triple Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with two other people (this may require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-climb ladder). Double Accommodations is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. Single Accommodations is the tuition for a room for one person.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

TO REGISTER, please choose one of the following options:
  • Click button above to register online
  • Call (360) 854-2599 with your VISA, MasterCard, or Discover card ready
  • Download and mail a registration form with your credit card information or personal check
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