Registration Info

You can register for most of our programs online by clicking on the "Register Now" button on the program's page. (Online registration is not available for Base Camp.) You can also register by phone at (360) 854-2599 or by mail by downloading, completing and mailing in the PDF registration form with full tuition payment >> download paper registration form.

We accept personal checks, Visa, Discover and MasterCard. Early registration is recommended as we operate on a first-come, first-served basis and we keep classes small to ensure quality and enjoyment.

Upon receipt of your tuition, we will send you a registration confirmation. Approximately three weeks prior to the class, you will receive a class letter detailing your itinerary, what to bring and other information. Please read your letter carefully, especially the list of what to bring – from camping gear and appropriate clothing to food, field guides and supplies. Participants are responsible for following these recommendations for the safety and comfort of the group. If you have any questions, give us a call – we’ll be happy to assist you or potentially loan you gear.


T (triple occupancy) 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. D (double occupancy) is the tuition for sharing a room with one other person. S (single occupancy) is the tuition for a room for one person (offered on a space available basis). Tuition is on a per person basis unless stated otherwise and includes a non-refundable registration fee.


If a registration is cancelled 60 days out you will receive a 100% refund minus a 10% processing fee; 45 days out a 75% refund; 30 days out a 50% refund; 15 days out a 25% refund. No refund for cancelations less than 15 days out from a class. Any refund that occurs less than 60 days out from a class can receive an extra 10% credit if you apply your refund towards a different Institute program. If we are able to fill your space with someone from the waitlist, or if you know someone who would like to take your place, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% processing fee.

Accommodations and Meals

Accommodations range from the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center to campgrounds. See individual class descriptions for details.

The Learning Center has three guest lodges, each with shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers. Guest rooms contain four twin beds in a double bunkbed configuration and pricing varies according to the sleeping arrangements – see class description for rates. Participants are asked to bring their own bedding and towels.  We cannot accommodate pets or unregistered guests. 

Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided for paid registrants in Learning Center programs. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice.

Participants in Field Excursions are responsible for their own food and lodging unless otherwise specified.


Adult Learning Center and Field Excursion programs are for adults only. Youth ages 14-17 may sometimes participate, pending approval by the program coordinator prior to registration. Approved minors must be accompanied by a responsible, participating adult.

Scholarships and Student and Military Discounts

To make programs available to a wide audience, we offer scholarships and discounts for current students and active military personnbel. Visit our Scholarships & Student Discounts page or call (360) 854-2599 for more information.

Academic Credit and Clock Hours

North Cascades Institute is approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to grant teachers clock hour certification. The fee is $3.50/clock hour. The number of clock hours available appears above the tuition of each seminar.

Many programs are offered for optional academic credit (400 level) through Western Washington University. The number of credits available is listed below the title of each course. A written project is required; grading is on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. We will send your registration to the university, which will bill you $50/credit. All credits are pending approval by WWU.

Risk and Responsibility

Most of our programs are conducted in the field; participants should be in good physical condition and prepared to spend full days outdoors. The Learning Center and most Field Excursions are more than one hour from definitive medical care and those with medical conditions should consult their physicians before enrollment. We may encounter insects, inclement weather and other unpredictable circumstances. Participants assume full responsibility for their own safety and must provide their own health and accident insurance. You will be required to sign a health/risk and hold-harmless waiver before the course begins. Please read and follow pre-trip letter recommendations carefully.