Explore Together

You’re invited to join North Cascades Institute for an afternoon, an overnight stay or a weekend in any one of our dozens of programs designed to get you outside exploring and connecting with the wild wonders of our unique region.

From the North Cascades to the Skagit and Methow Valleys, the Salish Sea and beyond, we offer exciting ways for you to learn about the natural and cultural history of this unique region.

Most of our programs take place at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, a hub of discovery and adventure in one of the wildest landscapes in North America. Operated in partnership with the National Park Service and Seattle City Light, our residential campus is nestled on the shores of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, three hours from Seattle or two from Bellingham.

Founded in 1986, North Cascades Institute is a nationally recognized education nonprofit organization that empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to explore, enjoy and learn about the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest—so all will care for and protect this special place.