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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.

Participant and staff safety are our priority. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for most of our program participants effective September 17 and until further notice (Skagit Tours are exempt). If you or your children are unable to be vaccinated due to age or a medical condition, you may substitute a negative Covid test taken within the last 72 hours before your program starts. If you have a positive test result or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please cancel your registration to receive a full refund.

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.