Mountain School

A residential environmental education program offered in partnership with North Cascades National Park

Mountain School is a nationally recognized environmental education program offered by North Cascades Institute in cooperation with North Cascades National Park. Mountain School students come to the North Cascades with their school class, teacher and chaperones to learn about the ecosystems and natural and cultural history of the mountains. Mountain School gives young people an experience they will remember forever.

The 3-day 2-night program is based at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center located in North Cascades National Park. The fall season operates from September through November. The spring season operates from March through June. While at Mountain School students spend a majority of their time outside, hiking on trails and exploring the watersheds, forests, plants and wildlife of the North Cascades ecosystems first-hand through interdisciplinary activities in science, math, art, social studies and conservation.

North Cascades Institute education staff design lessons, provide leadership and train program instructors. Mountain School instructors include North Cascades Institute staff, graduate students enrolled in the Master in Environmental Education program through Western Washington University and National Park rangers.

 

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    The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center is located in North Cascades National Park in the heart of the North Cascades Ecosystem. Located on the shores of Diablo Lake, the award-winning residential campus features classrooms, outdoor learning shelters, a library, dining hall, lodges and a trail system.


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    Students spend the majority of their time outside, hiking on trails and exploring mountain ecosystems  through hands-on interdisciplinary activities. Experiential activities in science, math, art, social studies and conservation fill days to the brim.