Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership Adventures

Empowering the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders


MM-YLA2015lgYouth 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 and or backpack, camp, 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) 854-2579.

    North Cascades Institute welcomes students and participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students and participants at the Institute. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or martial status, age, sensory, physical, or mental disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other administered programs.
    Student Voices


    Youth Leadership Adventures is a program that opens up a whole new perspective on the way we view nature, a program that tests your limits while still creating a strong community for support and trust."

    -- Flor Hernandez, 2014 Participant


    Field Guide to North Cascades Institute