Youth Leadership Adventures

Youth Leadership

Empowering the next generation of conservation leaders

Youth Leadership Adventures are for motivated high school students who are ready for a fun and 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 local public lands, as well as a fall Youth Leadership Summit in Seattle, year-round mentorship and local stewardship opportunities. 

the Application Process for youth leadership adventures 2017 is closed

During summer expeditions, students canoe, backpack, camp and complete stewardship projects while receiving hands-on training in outdoor leadership, field science, communication skills, and public speaking. No experience necessary!

Read stories of how Youth Leadership Adventures transformed the lives of local students like Joseph, Indira, Kang Pu, JJ, Crystal and Bianca on our Youth Impacts page.

Choose your adventure:

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.

Ready for your Best Summer Ever? 
For more information, please contact Julie Stone, Youth Leadership Coordinator at (360) 854-2579 or send her an .


There aren’t many opportunities for low-income or people of color to get this kind of experience. I never imagined that I could be an outdoor educator because I never Flor-Hernandezhad the opportunity to go camping, much less encounter a park ranger. I didn’t know jobs like this existed until now."

-- Imara White, 2016 Apprentice

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute