Base Camp: Learning and Lodging in the North Cascades

Base Camp: Learning and Lodging in the North Cascades
Program Series Base Camp
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Instructors Institute staff
Tuition Includes Guided outdoor activities in North Cascades National Park, lodging and three meals
Single Accommodations $160.00
Double Accommodations $110.00
Triple Accommodations $88.00
Quadruple Accommodations $75.00
Hostel Accommodations $65.00

Overnight learning adventures and accommodations in the heart of north cascades national park

Flexible, affordable, enriching and fun, Base Camp offers you the opportunity to explore and learn about “the American Alps” while enjoying the comforts of our award-winning campus in the heart of North Cascades National Park.

During the glorious summer and fall months at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, we invite you to stay with us to experience the embrace of the mountains, forests and lakes. It's a unique opportunity to visit the Diablo Lake neighborhood for the first time, stop over as you travel across the Cascades or conclude your national park camping, hiking, biking or climbing adventure.

Base Camp

Each night of Base Camp includes:

  • Two inspiring outdoor learning adventures offering hands-on exploration of the natural and cultural history of North Cascades National Park
  • Accommodations in our comfortable lodges
  • Three delicious meals made with locally-sourced, organic ingredients

Base Camp Pricing

Base Camp pricing is determined by how your family or friends group fill a lodge room. All lodge rooms contain 2 bunk sets (4 twin beds)

PrivateCouple3 People4 PeopleHostel
$160 $110 each $88 each $75 each $65 each*

* hostel pricing is the cost of sharing a room with up to three randomly-assigned participants.  We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed-gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group or are uncomfortable in a mixed-gender room. The number of occupants per room will be determined on the total number of hostel guests each night.

We encourage people to bring their own bedding and towels but have linens for an additional rental fee of $10 per person for the duration of your stay. Children under 3 are free.

Join us in the North Cascades! 
For personalized assistance on which program is right for you, contact our friendly registrars M-F at (360) 854-2599
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Base Camp in the News


Billed as flexible, affordable, enriching and fun, this fledgling program appealed to me immediately as an accessible, low-stress way for families to experience the outdoors."


Looking for an affordable way to learn more about North Cascades National Park and hone some skills at the same time? Consider Base Camp."

National Parks Traveler


Overnight lodging for those who fear a tent, naturalist-guided hikes, the chance to go canoeing on Lake Diablo, or the chance to make s’mores over a campfire as the nights start getting noticeably longer.”

The Everett Herald


Staying at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center was such a unique and nostalgic experience for us. Participating in Base Camp reminded us of days gone by when we used to attend summer camp as teenagers, but this time it was like summer camp for adults!"

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute