Conferences & Retreats

& Retreats

Custom educational programs, lodging and meals at our sustainable facility in the heart of North Cascades National Park


North Cascades Institute invites you to reserve space at the Learning Center for gatherings of all kinds. Located on the wooded shores of Diablo Lake in the heart of North Cascades National Park, this unique, green-built venue inspires reflection, understanding and connection to the natural world as well as to each other. Welcoming conferences, events, retreats, workshops, trainings, reunions and other gatherings, our venue offers: 


Bigquotesbronze"North Cascades Institute has got to be the overall most wonderful meeting venue I've ever experienced, anywhere. I just kept noticing impressive things, beginning with the surrounding scenery, unique combination of environmental friendly minimalism with the "spare no effort for high quality" of the meeting rooms, library, and lodgings. As just one of many examples I could cite, your wi-fi is better than any hotel I've ever stayed in. And I've saved the food for last — outstanding and healthy, every meal and every item, just off-the-charts special. I cannot imagine a better place to get a bunch of folks together and accomplish something!"

— Harry Greene, Cornell University

Contact us to learn more about the Learning Center and the opportunities it can offer your organization or group. For a personal tour, rate and availability information or other questions, please contact our Conferences & Retreats Coordinator at (206) 526-2565 or

    Upcoming Retreats
    January 6-10, 2017
    North Cascades Institute is honored to host the Association of Nature Center Administrators’ biannual gathering to advance the residential environmental education movement through the sharing of current ideas, concerns, solutions and insights.

    Currently Available Dates: 
    October 28-30, 2016
    November 4-6, 2016
    November 18-20, 2016
    To learn more about these dates, please contact or (206) 526-2565. Other dates become available through the year, so don't hesitate to ask!
    Personal Retreats

    Are you looking for a personal retreat for yourself or as a couple/small group? Check out our Base Camp program where you can stay at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on your own schedule and enjoy delicious meals, comfortable accommodations and a variety of outdoor learning adventures. >>


    In 2015, we hosted 30 conferences and retreats, including seven yoga retreats, eight Remote Medical International courses, four conferences, four professional workshops and three luncheons at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center!

    Proceeds from your stay support our youth education programs, helping us provide local students opportunities to experience the outdoors at little to no cost.

    Please email Calvin at or call (206) 526-2565 with any questions!

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