Skagit Youth Conservation Planning Retreat 2017

Skagit Youth Conservation Planning Retreat 2017
Program Series Learning Center Programs
When Feb 22, 2017 09:00 AM to Feb 23, 2017 01:00 PM
Where North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Instructors Institute staff
Triple Accommodations $45.00
Quadruple Accommodations $45.00
Cost with no Lodging $20.00
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The Skagit Youth Conservation Education Planning Retreat is an opportunity for organizations and agencies providing conservation education programming to Skagit youth to gather and exchange knowledge and resources of existing programs. Our discussions and planning focus on programs serving youth ranging from kindergarten through 12th grades within the Skagit Watershed including school and non-school programming. 

Through this exchange, we hope to strengthen the network of groups providing youth conservation education within the Skagit watershed while creating an action plan for building capacity and effectiveness within the program offerings in the Skagit region. 


North Cascades Institute operates the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, which opened in 2005, in partnership with the City of Seattle and the National Park Service. It is located in the heart of North Cascades National Park just off of Highway 20 on the north shore of Diablo Lake. Facilities include overnight lodging for up to 92 participants; multimedia classrooms, a library and meeting spaces; a lakeside dining hall with a recycling/composting center; an amphitheater, outdoor learning shelters, trails leading into the surrounding wildlands and a dock on Diablo Lake for paddling adventures.

The Learning Center is located approximately 75 miles east of Burlington, at milepost 127.5 on the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20). We suggest allowing three hours of travel time from Seattle and two hours from Bellingham. Click here for Google Map directions.

The Learning Center has three beautiful, eco-friendly guest lodges, each with seven to eight rooms and gender-specific restrooms; two of the lodges also have comfortable group lounges with gas-lit stoves. Each room has four twin beds (in the form of two bunk beds), at least one desk, a reading lamp and a wardrobe with lockable compartments.

All meals are included and served in our dining hall, which uses over 70% local and organic food. Our kitchen staff is responsive to diet restrictions and preferences.

The campus offers wireless internet, a range of meeting spaces and resources and nearby recreation opportunities.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. 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.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

TO REGISTER, please choose one of the following options:
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