Pricing and Scholarships

Mountain School serves public, private and home school groups. Please call us for current pricing for your school group. Scholarships are available based on an individual school’s need. Need is determined by an individual school’s Free and Reduced Lunch percentage provided by Washington state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Mountain School is a priority program for North Cascades Institute and we conduct an ambitious fundraising program to subsidize participation for public schools

How to schedule a Mountain School program

1. Please contact Codi Hamblin, Program Outreach Coordinator, at (360) 854-2598 or at with the name of your school, grade, group size and dates you are interested in attending.

2. Codi will work with you to schedule dates for your group. Programming is available from mid-March to mid-June and from mid-September to mid-November. Both the spring and fall Mountain School seasons are scheduled about one year out. Space may remain available for the upcoming seasons, so please contact us to inquire about availability

3. Once your session is scheduled you will receive a contract from our Registrar, Deb Martin, to complete. Deb handles all contract and payment aspects of Mountain School. Once you receive the contract, please make sure all information is correct, sign and return the contract and a deposit of 25% within two weeks. The deposit will be deducted from your final bill. Billing occurs after the program is completed. Your reservation will be considered final after paperwork and deposit are received.

4. After we receive the signed contract and deposit, you will receive a planning packet from our Program Coordinator, Chris Kiser. The packet assists in the planning and preparation needed to help facilitate a rewarding Mountain School experience. Chris works with both teachers and Institute instructional staff to coordinate the logistics and successful implementation of your Mountain School experience.

Mountain School Resources

Mountain School stories from our Chattermarks blog

Mountain School blog (older)

From field study to evening programs, this Mountain School program schedule program schedule shows a typical Mountain School schedule

Mountain School Video (6:08)

MM-MS-thumb.jpgLearn more about Mountain School with this fun video by Omar Garcia and Michelle Tamez. 6:08Watch Video


MM-MSTV-thumb.jpgProduced by KCTS 9 Seattle for the "North Cascades: People, Places and Stories", this episode examines Mountain School. 4:54 | Watch Video

Mountain School: A 7-million-acre campus for kids

DIABLO LAKE — To truly learn about the great outdoors, one has get out into it and experience the sights, sounds and smells. Touch the bark, feel the moss, hear the birds, feel the breeze.

Children who attend Mountain School can do just that.

The school is a 7 million-acre campus with the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center serving as its lecture hall. “

We are very fortunate to be able to offer this program,” said Institute’s program coordinator Chris Kiser. “It’s an opportunity for students to make friends and learn about themselves as well as the outdoors. They learn all about producers, consumers and the ecosystem.”

Mountain School packs a lot into three days. The focus is on science, and the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades.

— Skagit Valley Herald, 10/24/14

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute