Special Events

North Cascades Environmental Learning Center Anniversary Picnic

August 23, 2015 / 10 am - 3 pm / Free!


Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park

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North Cascades Institute, Seattle City Light and the National Park Service invite you to a free picnic and open house celebrating the 10th anniversary of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center and the 25th anniversary of Mountain School!

Join us for a BBQ picnic with local farms, Diablo Lake Boat Tours, campus sustainability tours, canoe voyages, naturalist hikes, family-friendly activities and live music by Jumbled Pie and New Wilderness Project featuring Benjie Howard!

The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, field campus of the North Cascades Institute, is a hub of discovery for all ages built around the idea that learning together in community inspires stewardship. The green-built campus hugs the shore of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, one of the wildest, heaviest glaciated, and most biologically diverse areas in North America. In 2015, the Environmental Learning Center — named a “Top Ten Great Getaways” by ParentMap — celebrates its 10th anniversary!

This year also marks our 25th consecutive year of offering our influential residential environmental education program Mountain School in cooperation with North Cascades National Park! Twenty-five years and 26,000 students later, the core values of Mountain School are the same: get children out of the classroom to explore their wild backyard and connect with this special part of the world that we all call home. Look back at 25 years of Mountain School memories at ncascades.org/signup/youth/mountain-school/25, and send in your own recollections to . 

No RSVP required * Space is limited: arrive early to sign up for activities

Pro-tip: Catch a free ride to the picnic! From Concrete: Park at Silo Park for 9 am shuttle, arrive back at your car around 4 pm. From Newhalem: Park across from General Store for hourly shuttles 10 am - 2 pm. 


Sponsored by AMS Print & Mail, Cascadia Weekly, Collins Office Supply, National Environmental Education Foundation, Percolator Consulting and Skagit State Bank.

Check out the brand-new video from New Wilderness Project!


Paul Bannick's The Owl & the Woodpecker Revisited

August 11, 2015 / 7 pm


Whatcom Museum Old City hall, rotunda room

SpecialEvents-BannickJoin Paul Bannick in Bellingham as he  brings the inter-relationships between these two birds into fresh focus with dozens of new images and stories, including many never presented before. Find out the latest discoveries since the release of his highly acclaimed book, The Owl and the Woodpecker. Come early to see Paul’s exhibition by the same name on display in Old City Hall.

Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1381965, by calling (800) 838-3006 ext. 1 or directly from Whatcom Museum reception desks.