Base Camp Learning and Lodging

Event Details

North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Institute staff
Quadruple Accommodations
Quadruple (Shoulder Season)
Triple Accommodations
Triple (Shoulder Season)
Double Accommodations
Double (Shoulder Season)
Single Accommodations
Single (Shoulder Season)
Tuition Includes
Lodging, three organic 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

Our talented kitchen team serves up delicious spreads for breakfast, lunch and dinner using locally-sourced, organic ingredients in our historic lakeside dining hall

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). 
March - May / November

  • Private (single accommodations) - $180 
  • Couple (double accommodations) - $128 per person
  • 3 People (triple accommodations) - $98 per person
  • 4 People (quadruple accommodations) - $85 per person

REGULAR SEASON: June - October

  • Private (single accommodations) - $210
  • Couple (double accommodations) - $148 per person
  • 3 People (triple accommodations) - $113 per person
  • 4 People (quadruple accommodations) - $98 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.

Coronavirus Safety during your stay

As of January 2023, North Cascades Institute is no longer requiring vaccinations for Base Camp participants. Please review our Coronavirus Safety Precautions for the latest information, or call us with your questions at (360) 854-2599. 



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