Mountain School is surrounded by 7,000,000 acres of protected public lands in Washington and British Columbia. In the middle lies 684,000-acre North Cascades National Park—our neighborhood. With 93 percent of its area designated as Wilderness, the Park is known for its steep mountains, ever-flowing streams and tremendous biological diversity. The Park contains more than 300 glaciers and countless snowfields, making the North Cascades one of the most rugged, heavily glaciated areas in the United States outside Alaska. The North Cascades are a national treasure and living laboratory awaiting discovery.
The Environmental Learning Center is located in North Cascades National Park in the heart of the North Cascades mountain range. Located on the shores of Diablo Lake, the Learning Center consists of numerous trails and three trailside-learning shelters. The 16-building facility includes classrooms, library, dining hall and lodges. Mountain School participants stay in three dormitory-style lodges, which sleep a total of 92 participants. Each room sleeps four individuals with two shared bathrooms in each lodge. Our Foodshed program offers appealing, wholesome food choices that are local, organic and sustainably produced. Weather at this site varies greatly depending on the season, so we ask participants to be prepared for all conditions. Travel time to the Learning Center from Burlington is approximately one hour and thirty minutes and three hours from Seattle.