Family and Adult Programs

Our suite of Family Getaways, Base Camp Learning and Lodging, art, writing and photography retreats, Skagit Tours, natural history seminars and community events bring new audiences to the public lands of the North Cascades to learn, recreate and be inspired.

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 through the end of June. We are providing ongoing updates at

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  • Base Camp

    Base Camp

    Stay at the Environmental Learning Center on your own schedule and enjoy guided outdoor learning adventures, comfortable accommodations and delicious, organic meals 

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    Family Getaways

    Gather your family on Diablo Lake this summer for multi-generational fun & learning in the North Cascades. Named a "Top Adventurous Family Vacation You Can Afford" by Outside Magazine!

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    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

  • Wilderness Medical Courses

    Wilderness Medical Courses

    Medical skills for individuals working or playing in a remote or wilderness settings

  • Skagit Tours

    Skagit Tours

    Take an interpretive boat or walking tour and learn about the fascinating cultural history of the Upper Skagit Valley with the Institute and Seattle City Light

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    Special Events

    Join us for an author reading, art exhibit, natural history presentation or our annual Harvest Dinner to deepen your connection to our special place