North Cascades Institute

Connecting People, Nature and Community through Education since 1986

North Cascades Institute inspires and empowers environmental stewardship for all through transformative experiences in nature.

Since 1986, we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to 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.

North Cascades Institute is committed to innovation and excellence in environmental learning and leadership in the nonprofit community.

We believe:

Four key themes run through all our programs:

    Welcoming learners of all ages to the Pacific Northwest, we offer:

    Discover the powerful outcomes of our educational efforts by perusing our program reports


    In 2005, North Cascades Institute opened North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in the heart of the North Cascades. A partnership with the National Park Service and the City of Seattle, the Learning Center is surrounded by millions of acres of protected public lands. It is a hub of discovery into one of the wildest, most biologically diverse landscapes in North America. Learners of all ages come to explore and participate in innovative programs that inspire and enrich their lives.