Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership

Empowering the next generation of conservation leaders


Youth Leadership Adventures are for motivated students ages 14 to 18 from anywhere in the country, who are ready for a fun, challenging summer adventure in the North Cascades. In partnership with North Cascades National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the program features a range of summer opportunities for high school students on our local public lands, as well as a fall Youth Leadership Conference, a winter Reunion, year-round mentorship, and local stewardship opportunities for alumni ages 14 to 22. 

the 2016 Application period is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications. Questions? Contact North Cascades Institute at (360) 854-2579 or email 

During summer expeditions, students canoe and or backpack, camp, and complete service projects while receiving hands-on training in outdoor leadership, field science, communication skills, and public speaking. 

The program includes:

Why participate?

  • Canoeing and backpacking adventures in the North Cascades
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Enhance your résumés and college applications
  • Earn community service hours
  • Explore the North Cascades wilderness
  • Give back to your community
  • Have the best summer of your life!


Courses are designed for students who have no prior outdoor experience; all gear, food, and transportation from the Seattle-area, Skagit, and Whatcom counties are provided.

Questions? Contact North Cascades Institute at (360) 854-2579 or email .

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North Cascades Institute admits students and participants of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military or marital status, age, sensory, physical or mental disability.

Student Voices


Youth Leadership Adventures is a program that opens up a whole new perspective on the way we view nature, a program that tests your limits while still creating a strong community for support and trust."

-- Flor Hernandez, 2014 Participant


Field Guide to North Cascades Institute