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From the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in the heart of North Cascades National Park to the Skagit and Methow Valleys, Seattle, Bellingham, the Salish Sea and beyond, we offer a wide variety of transformative educational experiences in nature for people of all ages in the Pacific Northwest.

Based on guidelines from Washington State and regional health authorities, North Cascades Institute has cancelled all programs and events and closed the Environmental Learning Center until Sept 25. We are accepting registrations for Fall Base Camp and online classes: ncascades.org/classes.

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Calendar-icon.png View all of our upcoming programs by month on our Classes and Events Calendar

Featured Programs

  • Base Camp

    Base Camp

    Stay at the Environmental Learning Center on your own schedule and enjoy outdoor learning adventures, comfortable accommodations and delicious, organic meals. Now booking for Sept-Nov 2020 with enhanced covid safety precautions.

  • North Cascades Family Getaways

    Family Getaways

    Since we can't gather with your family this summer, we're selling Family Getaways at Home boxes featuring engaging lessons, activities, and supplies for your own multi-generational nature explorations!  

  • Learning Center Classes and Field Excursions

    Learning Center Classes & Field Excursions

    From one-day natural history excursions to weekend writing & art retreats, our classes connect people of all ages to the Wild Nearby. 

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    Virtual Skagit Tours

    Since you can't come to us for Skagit Tours this summer, we're coming to you!  In partnership with Seattle City Light, Institute staff has created a video series to educate and inspire people around the world

  • Special Events

    Special Events

    From essays to art to natural history, join us at Village Books in Bellingham for presentations from the voices of our country's most gifted nature interpreters.

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