2014 Capstones and Graduation

Please mark your calendar for the week of March 18-20, 2014 to join us at the Environmental Learning Center as we celebrate our fourteenth cohort of graduate students' completion of their Masters in Environmental Education and Certificate in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration!

Cohort 12

In partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, North Cascades Institute offers a M.Ed. degree program that emphasizes teaching, curriculum development and residential program operations; natural and cultural history; and leadership and nonprofit administration. The Institute's campus is located on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, where students live and work during a four-quarter residency. They also complete three quarters of study at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

The week's events will commence with three days of capstone presentations by each member of the cohort.  Capstones are defined as a "crowning achievement" by the Merriam Webster Dictionary.  Students will present on a topic that has intrigued them throughout their graduate school experience, connecting their experiences within environmental education, natural history, sense of place and the future of education.

This years schedule is:

Please contact our registrar at (360) 854-2599 or nci@ncascades.org if you would like to attend any of the capstone presentations.

The week of festivities culminates in the graduation ceremony of our eleventh cohort at the Environmental Learning Center on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 2 pm. Hors D'oeuvres will be served from 5-6pm, with dinner immediately following. If you would like to attend the graduation ceremony at the Environmental Learning Center, please contact our registrar at (360) 854-2599 or nci@ncascades.org

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joshua Porter, Graduate Program Coordinator at (206) 526-2567 or joshua_porter@ncascades.org.

Graduate Program Resources


M.Ed. Graduate Program Brochure

Institute Residency Application


NCI Residency Information
WWU Graduate School Application
WWU Tuition & Aid
WWU Student Financial Resources


The Picket Post

To request more information or schedule a site visit, please contact ncigrad@ncascades.org.

Grad Program Brochure


Western Washington University is the highest-ranked public master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest according to 2013 college rankings from U.S. News and World Report!