The North Cascades Institute's Graduate M.Ed. Program offers you the opportunity of a lifetime: to live, learn and teach in North Cascades National Park in Washington State! Working in partnership with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, North Cascades Institute offers a M.Ed. program that blends leadership and nonprofit administration, curriculum development and instructional strategies, natural and cultural history and residential program operations. Students are accepted into Western Washington University and the North Cascades Institute residency simultaneously, and hands-on teaching experience combined with academic courses taught by Huxley College faculty complement each other throughout the program.

After completion of the seven-quarter program, students receive a Master of Education degree from Western Washington University and Certificates in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Natural History from the North Cascades Institute.


How to Apply:

Apply online to Western Washington University’s Graduate School at

Priority application deadline: January 15, 2017

*Upon acceptance, all students will be required to complete a background check in order to teach North Cascades Institute programs.


Apply for financial aid through Western Washington University at

Priority application deadline: January 31, 2017

Apply for North Cascades Institute Scholarships online at


North Cascades Institute will begin reviewing applications in mid-January and will notify successful applicants as soon as possible. Scholarship receipients will be notified upon acceptance. Formal admission is offered to an applicant by Western Washington University Graduate School via letter upon receipt of the departmental recommendation, which typically happens in March.

Get in touch. 
If you want to be a leader in Environmental Education, we designed this program with you in mind. Come visit our campus and see for yourself. , our Graduate Outreach Assistant,
to request an informational packet or schedule your campus visit!



We’re looking for people with a passion for field-based environmental education who want to influence change by building healthy, creative organizations. That means an equal interest in field teaching techniques and the behind-the-scenes work that makes programs happen and organizations thrive."

-Saul Weisberg, Executive Director
North Cascades Institute