People and Places of the Upper Skagit

People and Places of the Upper Skagit
Program Series Field Excursions
When Sep 08, 2016 05:00 PM to Sep 11, 2016 06:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Tuition Includes 1 night accommodation and 4 meals at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in North Cascades National Park, instruction, campground fees and all transportation
Single Accommodations $395.00
Double Accommodations $360.00
Triple Accommodations $325.00
Quadruple Accommodations $325.00
Clock hours 21.0
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Experience the wilderness setting of Ross Lake and learn about the cultural history that has crisscrossed this remote terrain for eons. From a comfortable perch aboard the Ross Mule, at our base camp, and on hiking trails, you'll hear vivid accounts spanning 10,000 years of indigenous presence in these mountains, as well as more recent stories from explorers, miners, fire lookouts, park rangers and Beat poets. We’ll spend our days exploring canyons, meadows and waterfalls, taking time for botanical forays and exploration of archaeology of the Upper Skagit.

With more than 65 years of North Cascades National Park employment between them, Gerry and Bob possess a trove of local knowledge and intimacy with the North Cascades, making this a backcountry adventure you’ll never forget.

The first night will be spent at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center and feature a delicious dinner and orientation. After breakfast, we’ll head out for Ross Lake, staying two nights at Hozomeen Campground and sharing two potluck dinners. On Friday night we’ll convene with a Canadian group and, over the next two days, divide into two wilderness-sized teams to accommodate trips to Hozomeen Lake and touring on the Ross Mule.

The class will end with dinner on Sunday night back at the Environmental Learning Center.

Dinners in the field will be potluck-style. Participants must be in moderately-good physical shape for short hikes.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group.

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.

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Field Guide to North Cascades Institute