Payment and Cancellation Policies


 Upon acceptance to the program, a $50 non-refundable acceptance fee is due by May 15, 2014 to hold your spot. Full balance of course fees must be received by June 6, 2014.* Fees are non-refundable after this date. Enrollment after June 6 requires payment in full at time of registration.

For payment options, we accept personal checks made out to North Cascades Institute, or Visa, Discover and MasterCard via mail, fax or over the phone.

If you need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another student. Short-notice cancellations often prevent others from attending.  Course fees are not refunded after June 6, 2014.

We reserve the right to deny admission to any student we believe is unable to meet the safety standards of our program. We will expel any student who exhibits unsafe or disruptive behavior during a course. We cannot provide refunds to any student who is expelled or removed from a course, regardless of reason.

If you would like to make a donation to support a student in need so they may attend, please see our Support page.

*If submitting payment in full by June 6 is a burden, please contact us to arrange a payment plan. Full balance of course fees must be received seven days before the start of the course if on a payment plan.

Questions? Please see our FAQ page or contact North Cascades Institute at (360) 854-2599 or

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