Learn more about the Institute, our campus and wild classroom in the North Cascades

  • Discover_NCI

    North Cascades Institute

    North Cascades Institute envisions healthy Northwest ecosystems where all communities and species thrive. Our mission is to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative learning experiences in nature. Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature and community through the hands-on study of the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest.

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    North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

    The Learning Center is a hub of discovery for all ages in one of the wildest, most biologically diverse landscapes in North America. From our campus on Diablo Lake, you can explore cascading streams, wildflower meadows, old-growth forests and a rich Northwest history.

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  • Discover_Ecosystem

    North Cascades Ecosystem

    The North Cascades are rugged mountains, with precipitous crags climbing high above deep dark valleys. Their dominant characteristics are water, ice, jagged peaks, near-vertical cirque headwalls and steep glacial valleys. The North Cascades contain most of the glaciers of the United States outside of Alaska. These are steep mountains — often ascending more than 5,000 feet from valley to summit.

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  • Discover_MM


    Learn more about the North Cascades and the Institute's programs through our selection of multimedia pieces, including videos, slideshows, readings and podcasts.