Night Sky Photography at Washington Pass

Night Sky Photography at Washington Pass

Night Sky Photography at Washington Pass

Event Details

Aug 03, 2024 05:00 PM to
Aug 04, 2024 01:00 PM
North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Andy Porter
Activity Level
Minimum Age
Infant (0-2)
Triple Accommodations
Double Accommodations
Cost with no Lodging
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In the grandeur of the North Cascades, moonless nights with clear skies offer fantastic opportunities to capture vivid images of the galaxy. Join photographer Andy Porter—an award-winning Skagit Valley photographer based in Skagit Valley. His North Cascades photographs have been featured in the Smithsonian Museum, books and calendars—on this specially-scheduled evening expedition to capture images of the Milky Way at the crest of the Cascades.


We’ll begin the adventure with dinner at the lakeside dining hall at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.  After a short workshop on night photography, we’ll drive east to Washington Pass where Andy will guide us in capturing our own images of the night sky.  From the Washington Pass overlook, Liberty Bell and the Early Winter Spires etch a dramatic horizon lending a distinctly North Cascades feel to our celestial images.  


At the end of our starry night together, participants have the option to part ways or to stay the night in lodges at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. The commuter rate as well as lodging options rates are listed above, call us with any questions.

You will need to bring your own camera equipment including a DSLR camera, extra battery, wide-angle lens (preferably 14 mm), sturdy tripod and a cable release. Students should have a solid understanding of how to operate their cameras in manual mode, including how to adjust the aperture, shutter speed and ISO on your specific camera or lenses.


Scholarships and Student, Military and Disability discounts are available for most in-person programs. Call (360) 854-2599 for more info!

Photos by Andy Porter