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 September 24. We are taking registrations for Fall Base Camp weekends and online classes - view our calendar at

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Calendar-icon.png Find a class by date using our Classes and Events Calendar

  • 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. Now booking for Sept-Nov 2020 with enhanced covid safety precautions.

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    Family Getaways @ Home

    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!  

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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

    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.

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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.