Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership Adventures

Empowering the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders

MM_YLA_2014_FEATUREYouth Leadership Adventures are for motivated students ages 14 to 18 from Washington and Oregon who are ready for a fun, challenging summer adventure in the North Cascades. In partnership with North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the program features a range of summer opportunities for high school students on our local public lands, as well as a fall Youth Leadership Conference, year-round mentorship and local stewardship opportunities for alumni ages 14 to 22.

During summer expeditions, students canoe, camp, backpack and complete service projects while receiving hands-on training in outdoor leadership, field science, communication skills and public speaking. Upon returning home, students ages 16 to 18 in Science and Sustainability courses design and implement their own service projects in their home communities.

The program includes:

Why participate?

  • Canoeing and backpacking adventures in the North Cascades
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Enhance your résumés and college applications
  • Earn community service hours
  • Explore the North Cascades wilderness
  • Give back to your community
  • Have the best summer of your life!

    Courses are designed for students who have no prior outdoor experience; all gear, food and transportation from the Seattle-area, Skagit and Whatcom counties are provided.

    Questions? Contact North Cascades Institute at (360) 854-2599.

    Student Voices


    This program allowed me to gain further knowledge about the world around me, and to clarify my ideas on humanity’s responsibility as stewards of the environment. A unique experience in the North Cascades National Park helped focus my values and goals, forever entwining environmental conservation and science into my life. I now know that it is these kinds of sacred natural places, here and around the world that I want to preserve through education of myself and others, advocation of my ideals, and a career path in a life science.

    — Amelia Fitch, 2010 ParticipantAmeliaFitch

    Field Guide to North Cascades Institute