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.

Participant and staff safety are our priority. COVID-19 vaccinations are required for most of our program participants effective September 17 and until further notice (Skagit Tours are exempt). If you or your children are unable to be vaccinated due to age or a medical condition, you may substitute a negative Covid test taken within the last 72 hours before your program starts. If you have a positive test result or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please cancel your registration to receive a full refund.

Please review our Coronavirus Safety Precautions to learn how we are are working to keep Institute participants and staff safe.

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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

    We are looking ahead to brighter days and hope you'll make plans to join us with your family in Summer 2022 for multi-generational learning fun and great accommodations at our campus on Diablo Lake.

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    Learning Center, Online and Field Classes

    Featuring one-day natural history excursions and watch-when-you-want Zoom presentations on geology, owls, watercolors and other topics.

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    Online Classes

    First offered in response to the pandemic and temporary closure of our Environmental Learning Center and in-person programs, our online classes offer engaging educational experiences you can enjoy from anywhere!

  • Wilderness Medical Courses

    Wilderness Medical Courses

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

  • Skagit Tours

    Skagit Tours

    Hop aboard the Alice Ross IV and enjoy views of snow-clad mountain peaks, islands and waterfalls while hearing stories about the people who have lived and worked in these mountains.

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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.