Weddings

Get married in the heart of the North Cascades

There is hardly a more spectacular place to host a wedding than beneath the jaw-dropping mountain peaks in the heart of the North Cascades National Park! The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center is an ideal venue to create your memorable wedding weekend with friends and family.

At our sustainable campus — named a "Top Three Spots in the North Cascades" by The Seattle Times and "Top Ten Great Getaways" by ParentMap Magazine — you will be surrounded by a pristine landscape, deep forests and glacier-fed lake, while being catered to by our dedicated staff. Guests can elect to participate in a number of outdoor activities on the trails and lake adjacent to the Environmental Learning Center.

Our indoor and outdoor facilities allow you to plan your wedding the way you imagine. We can accommodate up to 92 guests at our ADA-accessible facility.

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All weddings include:

  • Exclusive use of our campus and facilities
  • An onsite coordinator to make sure your needs are met
  • Staff to help set up, clean up and a provide a menu of additional services
  • Bed and bath linens for guests
  • Recreational opportunities include guided naturalist hikes and fun field games
  • Sound system and projector

Optional activities and Services

    • Meals and Dining
    • Tandem Canoes (24 people, 12 at a time)
    • Big Canoe Voyage (2 boats with 15-20 people)
    • Wildlife lesson in our Exploration Lab (maximum of 15 people)
    • Nature Journaling or writing workshops (maximum of 12 people)
    • Yoga Class (maximum of 20 people)
    • Campfire (with s’mores, of course!)
    • Shuttle Service

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Meals and Dining

Our meals feature elegant menus made with organic foods from the Skagit and Methow valleys that can be customized to match any dietary needs.

Our standard meals (mostly vegetarian) and upscale meals (meat as entrée) are served buffet-style; custom meals are plated and served. If your wedding party is more than 60 people at the ELC, you can still do a custom meal, but we are unable to plate and serve the meal. The weekend menu is coordinated with our head chef and site coordinator to highlight favorite foods, dishes that are culturally relevant, and/or reflect family traditions. In our Foodshed Initiative, we aim to be as local and organic as possible, reflecting the bounty of local produce during a given season.

Meal Pricing >>

Accommodations

The Environmental Learning Center has three beautiful, eco-friendly guest lodges, each with seven or eight guest rooms.

North Cascades Environmental Learning Center Accommodations
Our Cedar and Fir lodges have comfortable group lounges with couches, a gas fireplace, kitchenette and games. Each room has four twin beds (in the form of two bunk beds), two desks, reading lamps and two wardrobes with lockable compartments and can welcome up to 4 people. Lodges have shared bathrooms down the hall. 

For the wedding couple, we offer a private cabin called “Maple House” with a full kitchen and private bathroom located adjacent to guest lodges.

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Facilities

Our sustainably designed facility on the shore of Diablo Lake is LEED Silver Certified and includes the following gathering spaces:

  • Salmonberry Dining Hall (seats up to 88)
  • Outdoor amphitheater (seats up to 100)
  • Three conference rooms (seats up to 50 people)
  • Outdoor shelters
  • Wild Ginger Library
  • Lounges in lodges
  • Audio-visual equipment and indoor screens available
  • ADA Accessible