Base Camp Learning and Lodging

Event Details

North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Institute staff
Quadruple Accommodations
Triple Accommodations
Double Accommodations
Single Accommodations
Tuition Includes
Lodging, three delicious meals and outdoor activities in North Cascades National Park

What is Base Camp?


Base Campers enjoy their pick from dozens of nearby trails that offer adventures for every skill level. 

Base Camp is your opportunity to stay and play in the heart of North Cascades National Park for overnight learning adventures with meals and accommodations at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Come explore the American Alps while enjoying the comforts of our award-winning campus. Each night of your stay includes:

Guests enjoy private rooms in our comfortable lodges that feature cozy lounges, wardrobes and desks and shared gender-specific bathrooms

We offer three meals per day, showcasing fresh and flavorful foods with vegetarian options. We accommodate a wide range of dietary needs too! Breakfast and dinner are served buffet-style in the lakeside dining hall. Guests are also provided fixings for a sack lunch they can prepare in the morning to take and eat later. 

Our educational staff will empower you for seasonal explorations of the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades ecosystem. Sample activities include:

  • Learn about the ecology of the Diablo Lake area on easy-to-moderate hikes
  • Birding and Wildflower Walks
  • Newhalem Scavenger Hunt
  • Stargazing with a star wheel and starry storytelling
  • The Fungus Among Us
  • Nature Bingo
  • Conifer Explorations to the Waterfall
  • Cultural Histories of the Upper Skagit Valley


Institute naturalists offer a daily slate of engaging self-guided activities.

Pricing & Accommodations

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). 

REGULAR SEASON: June - October

  • Private (single accommodations) - $230
  • Couple (couple or double accommodations) - $160 per person
  • 3 People (triple accommodations) - $120 per person
  • 4 People (quadruple accommodations) - $100 per person

Children under 3 are free. 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. Click here for our Cancellation Policy in case your plans change.


Our award-winning campus is nestled on the wooded shores of Diablo Lake.



The evening dam walk is a participant-favorite Base Camp activity.