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Help us conserve and restore Northwest environments

Children spend more than seven hours in front of screens every day. The increasing separation from the natural world is linked to childhood obesity, attention disorders, depression and lower academic achievement. Less time outside also leads to dwindling knowledge of biodiversity, conservationist values and participation in environmental stewardship as adults. Powerful experiential learning in the heart of one of the wildest National Parks in the nation is North Cascades Institute’s responds to an epidemic facing young Americans today: a growing disconnect from nature.

“I did not know I could have lots of fun outside. Everybody should try the outdoors rather than the indoors.”

North Cascades Institute is founded on the premise that people will protect what they love. When people learn more about the environment, they care more about it. Contributions from individuals like you expand minds, change lives and give youth the confidence they need to lead with their own voices.

“Have you ever felt empowered to change the world? I have…”

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Your Gift Makes a Difference

Provide youth with the role models and resources they need to experience the pristine wilderness of the North Cascades. With your help, up to 80% of youth in need will receive a scholarship for Youth Leadership Adventures, and Mountain School tuition is reduced by up to 50% for low-income schools.

CFY-YLAYouth Leadership Adventures: During summer expeditions, students canoe, camp, backpack and complete service projects while receiving hands-on training in outdoor leadership, field science, communication skills and public speaking.


MS_CirriculumMountain School: Overnight stays immerse students in fun, hands-on interdisciplinary science curriculum that instills an appreciation for public lands and builds cohesion among classmates through cooperative learning.

“The North Cascades Institute changed my life at age 17. Having the ability to see and be apart of citizen science in the backdrop of one the most beautiful locations in the world affected me as a young environmentalist and continues to be one of the reasons why I am currently studying environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. What I learned through NCI was that environment, while it can be seen very clearly and distinctly within the Skagit Valley, can be seen, discussed, and discovered in every environment.”


North Cascades Institute has received its TENTH consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator!  LEARN MORE


"Retired National Park Service Ranger Gerry Cook chats with Youth Leadership Adventures participant Elizabeth during a stop in the Devil's Creek outflow into Ross Lake. Elizabeth, 16, grew up in a refugee camp in Thailand and didn't know English when she came to the U.S. five years ago. During her presentation, the softspoken young woman said she wanted to start a Burmese club at her school to help new immigrants learn about American culture."  —

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Add $37.50 to your donation today to receive your copy of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby. Indicate your purchase in the "Notes or requests" box. Or download the order form here.

Saul Weisberg: Executive Director

big_quotation_mark.pngThis past year, we taught thousands of kids about this special place. Thanks to the donors we were able to reach out to children that would have otherwise not had the opportunity to experience the North Cascades.

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