Sourdough Speaker Series
Overnight gatherings at the Learning Center
Storytelling has been an important part of the cultural landscape of the North Cascades for centuries, from the first native peoples to the colorful parade of explorers, miners, loggers, fire lookouts, climbers, rangers and dam workers that followed. Nestled at the foot of Sourdough Mountain, the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center is a perfect venue for intimate gatherings of Northwest writers, artists, naturalists, chefs and historians to share their own stories from our remarkable region. Past presenters include authors Cheryl Strayed, Timothy Egan, Jim Lynch and William Dietrich; photographers John Scurlock, Brett Baunton, Paul Bannick and Lee Mann; artists Tony Angell, Buster Simpson and Molly Hashimoto; naturalist-writers Douglas Chadwick, Thor Hanson, Jennifer Hahn, Langdon Cook, Sam Green and Lyanda Lynn Haupt; local food enthusiasts Joe Whinney of Theo Chocolates and Will and Mari Kemper of Kemper Brewing; chefs Christina Orchid, Greg Atkinson, Maria Hines, Debra Daniels-Zeller and other fascinating Northwest luminaries.
Each Sourdough Speaker Series engagement begins around sunset with wine and hors d'œuvres in our historic lakeside dining hall followed by an informal gourmet dinner of local and organic foods prepared by our renowned kitchen staff. A presentation by our guest speaker will follow, with ample time for questions and discussion. Following the next morning's continental breakfast, we'll offer a naturalist-led activity to get you outdoors exploring the wild and scenic neighborhood of Diablo Lake.
The cost for each event is $150 per person based on double-occupancy. All proceeds from these gatherings benefit summer youth activities in the North Cascades, so eat, drink and be merry for a good cause!
Register online by clicking the links below or call (360) 854-2599.
Instructors: Institute staff
- Past programs
- Past Sourdough Speakers Series programs