Program Path

IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2014: The program will begin on July 28, 2014 with an intensive one-month field experience based at the Learning Center and North Cascades National Park with trips to Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee Forests. Students will be introduced to the region and community of the greater North Cascades as a microcosm for the development, delivery and evaluation of environmental education programs. The Institute will arrange for summer housing at the Environmental Learning Center and/or in the nearby towns of Newhalem or Diablo.

Graduate M.Ed. 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, and was named a Top 50 university offering “outstanding value with a first-class education” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Ranked in the top 50 of Sierra Magazine’s Coolest Schools.

  • Bellingham was named one of the best outdoor adventure towns by Outside Magazine and National Geographic Adventure and one of the “24 Best Places to Live and Work” by Sunset Magazine.

  • North Cascades Institute is the Recipient of the Environmental Education Association of Washington’s Organizational Excellence award, Charity Navigator’s Best Environmental Protections and Conservation Group, Bellingham Alive! Readers Poll "Best Place to Work" and Sunset Magazine’s Environmental Heroes award.