Institute Residency

A Year in the North Cascades


For the first five quarters of the program, students live at or near the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, located in North Cascades National Park on the shores of Diablo LakeThe Learning Center opened in 2005 and serves as the residential campus for North Cascades Institute. It features guest lodges, staff and grad student housing, a library, classrooms, computer lounge, an administrative building and a dining hall. Hiking trails connect the campus with over a million acres of public lands of the North Cascades mountains.

In the living classroom of the North Cascades, students act as professional instructors for a variety of Institute programs, including Mountain School, our award-winning residential school program for elementary, middle and high school students. Graduate students explore all aspects of curriculum design while working with schools to meet grade level learning standards. In addition, students undertake many responsibilities under the supervision of North Cascades Institute faculty and staff – from planning, teaching and evaluating programs to nonprofit administration, risk management, marketing and community relations.

During the year-long residency program at the North Cascades Institute, graduate students are immersed in varied educational settings. Students participate in natural and cultural history seminars, professional development trainings and ecology retreats, design individual projects in curriculum development and nonprofit administration, and complete a practicum in Learning Center operations. In doing so, students collaborate with many of the Northwest's best educators, naturalists and conservation leaders, including rangers and researchers with North Cascades National Park.

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Joshua Porter: Graduate Program Director

big_quotation_mark.pngIf you want to be a leader in Environmental Education, we designed this program with you in mind. I invite you to come visit the North Cascades Environmental Study-JoshuaLearning Center and see for yourself!

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