2017 Capstones and Graduation

Please mark your calendar for the week of March 13-17, 2017 to join us at the Environmental Learning Center as we celebrate our Fifteenth Cohort of graduate students' completion of their Master of Environmental Education and Certificates in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Natural History!

In partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, North Cascades Institute offers a M.Ed. degree program that emphasizes teaching, curriculum development and residential program operations; natural and cultural history; and leadership and nonprofit administration. The Institute's campus is located on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, where students live and work during a five-quarter residency. They also complete two quarters of study at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

The week's events will commence with three days of capstone presentations by each member of the cohort at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Capstones are defined as a "crowning achievement," and students will present on a topic that has intrigued them throughout their graduate school experience, connecting their experiences within environmental education, natural history, sense of place and the future of education.

The week of festivities culminates in the graduation ceremony on the afternoon of Friday, March 17. A celebratory dinner will follow the ceremony!

If you would like to attend the capstones and/or the graduation ceremony at the Environmental Learning Center, please contact our friendly registrar at (360) 854-2588 or

The schedule of presentations and events is as follows:


Questions about the week's festivities can be directed to Lindsey MacDonald (Graduate Program Coordinator) at or (206) 526-2568 or Chelsea Ernst (Graduate Program Assistant) at or (360) 854-2568. We hope to see you!