Virtual Skagit Tours

Since you can't come to us in the North Cascades for Skagit Tours this summer, we're coming to you! We hope you will enjoy and learn from this new series of Skagit Tours created by North Cascades Institute.

Springtime on Diablo Lake

Part 1

Diablo Lake is nestled into the North Cascades—the ancestral homelands of the Upper Skagit, the Nlaka'pamux, the Sauk-Suiattle, and the Swinomish peoples. It is an area of immense cultural and ecological significance, managed in part by the North Cascades National Park, and the present location of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. As springtime arrives in the northern hemisphere, the upper reaches of the Skagit Valley are slowly waking up.Wildflowers, leafing trees, migrating songbirds, black bears and white deer. In the far reaches of northwestern Washington State, this magnificent ecosystem is welcoming the spring.

Part 2

What does it mean to you to be of a place? How many generations into the past can you imagine? Springtime is meaningful to people the world over as a time of renewal and hope. Spring has brought this sense of vitality throughout human history. In this video, we have an opportunity to hear from Scott Schuyler, a Tribal Elder of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, to give his perspective on Spring in this beautiful valley!

Part 3

During Springtime which natural transitions do you observe? What impacts do those transitions have on your life? It's easy to forget that these beautiful lakes are in fact one managed hydroelectric project partially controlled by human input. They represent a built environment- an interface between nature cycles and human systems. When Spring unleashes its runoff and growth, Seattle City Light must respond with precision and care to manage the Skagit Hydroelectric Project.

History of the Environmental Learning Center

Part 1

Do you think that a place can have a purpose? What does it look like when a place embodies an intention? Nestled into the Douglas firs and big leaf maples on the shores of Diablo Lake lies a place that has inspired us for over 90 years. Originally serving as a construction camp for workers building Ross Dam and Ross Powerhouse, later developed as a fishing resort, and now home to the North Cascades Institute, this point on the shores of the lake attracts the attention of thousands of visitors every year. Learn more from Executive Director Saul Weisberg as well as Architect David Hall.