Faculty & Staff


The Graduate M.Ed. Residency program receives instruction from faculty at Western Washington University and North Cascades Institute, as well as our partners in the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies and organizations. Throughout the program, our students learn from and work alongside many of the Northwest's best educators, naturalists, business leaders, resource managers and conservation professionals.

Western Washington University Faculty:

Joshua Porter
Graduate Program Director
Joshua brings 20 years of experience in environmental, conservation and wilderness education to the Institute’s M.Ed. program. He has coordinated, developed and taught field based programs ranging from Alaska to Patagonia, and Puget Sound to Cobscook Bay. Since earning a M.S. from the Lesley University, Joshua has been teaching undergraduate courses for the Wild Rockies Field Institute and more recently, as adjunct faculty in the Ecological Teaching and Learning M.S. program at Lesley University. The North Cascades became home for Joshua while attending the Evergreen State College and working as a Climbing Ranger in North Cascades National Park. He is happy to be back in this familiar landscape, engaged in a learning community so committed to illuminating connection to place.

Gene Myers, Ph.D.
Gene's Cascadia roots extend back four generations, and his early passion for northwest natural history continues with intensity. An environmental educator since 1978, his aim is to integrate a deep understanding of ecology with a profound grasp of human ethical development. A pioneer in Conservation Psychology, his research specialty concerns the bases of children's and adults' connection to nonhuman animals (and nature in its other aspects), and how educators may use this to foster the development of environmental responsibility and effective action. More information about Professor Gene Meyers can be found on his website.

Nick Stanger
Nick is a Cascadian from across the Salish Sea, Victoria BC. Teaching in environmental education for more than 20 years, he explores the edges of the human-digital-nature conundrum we currently face in our westernized social fabric. Nick completed his Doctorate at the University of Victoria in 2014 and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Council Doctoral Fellow. The main focus of his research revolved around the learning that occurs within outdoor childhood places and their lasting effects on our lives. With his background in natural resources, tree-canopy research, Masters in environmental education and communications, and significant work in conservation, Indigenous education, and technical web-based learning systems, his PhD represented an interactive online video journey designed to combine his skills, expertise, and interests. Nick is the Chair of the board for the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada, an organization that seeks to connect organizations, families, and youth with nature-based experiences. You can learn more about Professor Stanger’s work on his website, www.nicholasstanger.ca.

Saul Weisberg 
Saul Weisberg is executive director and co-founder of North Cascades Institute. His primary responsibilities are to build organizational capacity and develop the human, financial, administrative and programmatic resources to achieve the Institute’s mission and strategic objectives. Saul’s work focuses on strategic planning, partnerships, board development and fundraising. Saul is the primary instructor for the graduate program’s Leadership and Nonprofit Administration track where students learn how nonprofit organizations are created, structured, managed and funded; the relationship between the mission and business of nonprofit organizations; how to balance financial sustainability while growing program quality and public support; how to develop your own leadership ability by demonstrating collaborative teamwork and behaviors needed to work with our audiences, staff, partners and funders; and to develop your leadership competencies in planning, implementation and assessment during professional summer leadership tracks. Saul serves on the board of directors of the Association of Nature Center Administrators and the Natural History Network. He continues to teach natural history and write about Northwest mountains, watersheds and wildlife. Saul lives in Bellingham where his passions include canoeing, bugs and walking in the mountains in the rain.

Learn more about Saul Weisberg in this interview with Clearing Magazine.

North Cascades Institute Graduate M.Ed. Residency Staff

Graduate Program CoordinatorWith experience directing a university outdoor program, building and maintaining campus farms within higher education institutions, teaching environmental education and campus sustainability, guiding trips, and researching and supporting sustainability leadership programs around the world, Lindsey brings a unique set of skills to the M.Ed. program.  After completing her M.S. in conservation ecology at the University of Michigan, she moved west in search of mountains and passion filled work. She’s thrilled to join the North Cascades Institute. If you don’t find her at the Learning Center, she’s probably cross-country skiing, playing in her garden, or cooking. 

Graduate students also learn Nonprofit Administration and Leadership skills from North Cascades Institute staff in the classroom, in Work Study positions and more. Read more about our skilled staff here >>