Coronavirus Response

This is a time of experiment and change. We are resilient and are preparing to be even stronger on the other side of this pandemic. North Cascades Institute and our programs provide not only learning, but also community and the healing that many of us will be seeking.

At a Glance

      • We successfully reopened the Environmental Learning Center this fall on a modified basis for Base Camp! These Learning & Lodging weekends were a great socially-distanced success, and we look forward to welcoming people back again next Spring. Read about the coronavirus precautions that will impact everyone's safety in a positive way:

      • Read about how we are offering environmental education both virtually and in-person in this recent news article.

      • Snow and Forest Schools in 2021 are cancelled per school district guidance. Mountain School Spring 2021 is cancelled but we are making plans to resume Fall 2021 with our new curriculum.

      • The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center campus is closed to the public. When heading outside, please #RecreateResponsibly to keep yourself and others safe and healthy!

      •  Our offices are closed Fridays-Sundays and most of our staff are working from home at reduced hours. We will respond to voicemails and emails as this new schedule allows, thanks for your patience.

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Entrepreneurial Spirit

We are entrepreneurs at our core, so we’re focusing on programs we can offer, while developing modifications and new initiatives. 

While we cannot gather in person right now, North Cascades Institute is still here and working hard to inspire environmental stewardship through transformative experiences in nature. Our talented instructors have created "Mountain School at Home" lessons and activities for kids and parents to connect with nature in their own backyard and Youth Leadership Adventures staff are sharing resources for older students to learn about climate change, environmental justice and youth activism. Our staff assembled Family Getaways @ Home activity packages that we are mailing out and we produced a series of videos for Virtual Skagit Tours to bring the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades to you.

We’re operating the Skagit Information Center in Newhalem and a popup tent outside the Newhalem Visitor Center to sell park visitors souvenirs, gifts and gear, and promoting sales in our online store.

We invite those who are able to support North Cascades Institute's work during these challenging times to make a donation. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (360) 854-2599 or at Our staff are working remotely so please be patient for a response.

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Suggested resources:

Facts about novel coronavirus and how to prevent COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades 

Whatcom County Health District

Departamento de Salud del Condado de Whatcom

updated 2/20/21