Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership

Empowering the next generation of conservation leaders


Youth Leadership Adventures are for motivated students ages 14 to 18 from anywhere in the country, 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 Summit in Seattle, year-round mentorship, and local stewardship opportunities. 

the Application Process for youth leadership adventures 2017 will be announced january 2017!

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. 

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 or email .

"Like" our Youth Leadership in the North Cascades page on Facebook to keep in touch.

North Cascades Institute admits 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.

Youth Leadership Ambassadors

New program for high school students in Skagit & Whatcom counties interested in adventuring outside & earning service hours! Learn more »

Apply here! Deadline to apply is November 15. For more information, contact Taylor Ulrich at or (360) 854-2581.

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

-- Flor Hernandez, 2014 Participant

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute