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From the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in the heart of North Cascades National Park to the Skagit and Methow Valleys, Seattle, Bellingham, the Salish Sea and beyond, we offer a wide variety of transformative educational experiences in nature for people of all ages in the Pacific Northwest.

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Featured Programs

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    Base Camp

    Stay at the Environmental Learning Center on your own schedule and enjoy outdoor learning adventures, comfortable accommodations and delicious, organic meals.
    Now booking Summer 2018!

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    Family Getaways

    Gather your family on Diablo Lake this summer for multi-generational fun & learning in the North Cascades. Named a "Top Adventurous Family Vacation You Can Afford" by Outside Magazine!

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    Learning Center Classes & Field Excursions

    From one-day natural history excursions to weekend writing & art retreats, our classes connect people of all ages to the Wild Nearby.

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    Skagit Tours

    Take an interpretive boat or walking tour and learn about the fascinating cultural history of the Upper Skagit Valley with the Institute and Seattle City Light

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    Special Events

    Join us for an author reading, art exhibit, natural history presentation or our annual Harvest Dinner to deepen your connection to our special place