Weddings

Get married in the heart of the North Cascades

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

You will be surrounded by pristine landscapes and be catered to by our friendly and 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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Who is North Cascades Institute?

North Cascades Institute inspires and empowers environmental stewardship for all through transformative educational 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.

All weddings include

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

Optional activities

  • Guided Hike (maximum of 12 people)
  • Self-guided hiking in the area
  • Tandem Canoes (24 people, 12 at a time)
  • Big Canoe (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)
  • Shuttle Service
  • Meals and Dining

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Meals and Dining

Our meals feature elegant menus made with organic foods from the Skagit and Methow valleys and 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.

Pricing

    • Rehearsal upscale dinner: $25 per person (depending on menu choice)
    • Saturday upscale breakfast: $12 per person
    • Saturday sack lunch: $12 per person
    • Appetizers: $10-15 per person
    • Saturday reception dinner: $50 per person
    • Late night snack: $10 per person
    • Sunday upscale brunch: $15 per person

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, propane 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