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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.

Please review our Coronavirus Safety Precautions to learn how we are are working to keep Institute participants and staff safe.

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Featured Programs

  • Base Camp

    Base Camp

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

  • North Cascades Family Getaways

    Family Getaways

    We are looking ahead to brighter days and hope you'll make plans to join us with your family in Summer 2021 for multi-generational learning fun and great accommodations at our campus on Diablo Lake. 

  • Online Classes and Field Excursions

    Online, Field and Learning Center Classes

    From Zoom classes to one-day natural history excursions, our classes connect people of all ages to the Wild Nearby

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    Skagit Tours

    Sign up for a boat tour aboard the Alice Ross IV to explore the stunning beauty of Diablo Lake while learning about the interesting natural and cultural history of the North Cascades. 

  • Wilderness Medical Courses

    Wilderness Medical Courses

    Medical skills for individuals working or playing in a remote or wilderness settings.

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