Propose a Class

North Cascades Institute is the Northwest's premier environmental education organization focusing on natural and cultural history. Our mission is to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education. We invite naturalists, scientists, educators, writers and artists to submit proposals to teach adult seminars.

Typical seminars are small, averaging 12 students, and last for 1-5 days. Classes are based out of our Learning Center on Diablo Lake or in the field, usually at campgrounds, sometimes at cabins or resorts. Seminars focus on natural and cultural history and include writing and visual arts workshops.  Many of our classes are strongly academic and are offered for 400-level academic credit through Western Washington University and for teacher clock hour certification.

Our programs emphasize hands-on discovery and stewardship of the North Cascades--from the tidewater of Puget Sound to ancient forests and alpine glaciers to the sagebrush steppe of the Columbia River Basin. We encourage our seminar instructors to develop and teach courses that increase public understanding and appreciation of the Northwest's unique natural and cultural history, as well as how human activities influence local landscapes.

Course proposals should include the following:

  1. Name, address, email and telephone number(s)
  2. Seminar title, description and a general itinerary, which includes course content and general objectives and goals for participants
  3. Preferred length and dates of class (please give us as many options as possible)
  4. Geographic area(s) in which you would like the seminar(s) to take place
  5. Resume (1-2 pages)
  6. Short biographical sketch to be used in the catalog.


We accept proposals on an ongoing basis.  Please submit course proposals by September in order to be considered for the following calendar year. To request a catalog, submit a proposal and for more information, contact us at (360) 854-2599 or email