The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. More than 94% wilderness, the North Cascades National Park Service Complex - North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area – welcomes visitors, supports curriculum-based education and youth engagement programs and provides interpretive services to connect visitors to the park. The goals of the park programs are to foster a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, the nation’s intertwined natural and cultural history.


Seattle City Light is the nation’s greenest utility, tapping a legacy of sustainability to offer the cleanest electricity in the country, overwhelmingly generated by renewable hydropower. Becoming the first carbon-neutral utility in the nation is just one of the ways Seattle City Light puts their commitment to local stewardship into action. They also work to protect fish and wildlife habitat, support the development of new energy sources like solar, wind, biogas and geothermal and seek ways to reduce the impact of their utility operations. Seattle City Light is proud to be a partner in the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, helping to provide environmental education opportunities for people from across the Pacific Northwest.

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North Cascades Institute seeks to inspire a closer relationship with nature through direct experiences in the natural world. Their mission is to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education. Since 1986 the Institute has helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. As operator of the Environmental Learning Center, the Institute works with community partners throughout the region and across the country to design, fund and implement programs that help people of all ages experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest – so all will care for and protect this special place we call home.

The National Park Service, North Cascades Institute and Seattle City Light work together to provide place-based educational opportunities at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center for a wide variety of participants in North Cascades National Park Service Complex.