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Founded in 1986, North Cascades Institute 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.

Our mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature.

After a very challenging year, we are excited to be offering programs again in 2021 and reopening the Environmental Learning Center! All of our in-person programs - in the field and at the Environmental Learning Center - have coronavirus safety plans that prioritize the well-being of our staff, guests and community. We are also expanding our online classes, which allow us to reach more people in more places. Browse our Classes and Events Calendar, and we hope to connect with you again this year!

You can check out our blog for stories and photo galleries from the North Cascades, sign up for our monthly eNewsletter to get the latest news on Institute programs, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for inspiring images, conservation news, nature facts and much more.