Mountain School

Based on input from our partners in regional school districts, North Cascades Institute has cancelled the Spring 2021 season of Mountain School but we hope to resume in Fall 2021. Please contact us with any questions.Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate these times together. We are be providing ongoing updates at

"COVID-19 disrupts 30th year of Mountain School" Skagit Valley Herald, May 2020

Mountain School @ Home


Students! Parents! Teachers! During this time of school closures and stay-at-home guidelines, North Cascades Institute is sharing lessons and activities created by our talented Mountain School instructors. We hope these will inspire students of all ages to continue to learn about the natural world and discover new connections to the outdoors from home.

Explore resources and let us bring Mountain School to your home!

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.

Welcome to Mountain School: What are YOU looking forward to?

Bienvenido a Mountain School: ¿Qué estás esperando?


  • Mountain-School-Classroom

    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.

  • Mountain School Staff

    Program Staff

    North Cascades Institute staff and National Park rangers lead students on an educational journey in the North Cascades

  • Mountain School Curriculum

    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.

Photo Icon Peter James Photography