Student Housing

Living and learning in the North Cascades

A highlight of the Institute's Graduate Residency is getting to call the amazing North Cascades region home for five quarters! Graduate students live either on campus in student housing at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center or at the scenic farmhouse property on the banks of the wild & scenic Skagit River near the town of Marblemount, approximately 20 miles west of the Environmental Learning Center.

Both locations feature comfortable accommodations, wi-fi, some meal service featuring local and organic food served in the Environmental Learning Center's lakeside dining hall, scenic views in four seasons and unparalleled access to the North Cascades ecosystem.

Students move into residency housing after spending the first 6 weeks of the program in the field with the Place-Based Learning Course, with temporary lodging at the Environmental Learning Center during days off. Lodging and partial board for the first 5 quarters of the program is included in the Institute residency fee.

Living in Marblemount with my M.Ed. cohort has been a highlight of my time here. Observing the seasonal changes of the Skagit River and Diobsud Creek has been an amazing experience for me as a naturalist. I am more connected to the land here, as someone who also works it by growing food in the Confluence Garden. Living here has completed the graduate program experience.”

—Tanner Johnson, graduate student of cohort 17

For the final two quarters at Western Washington University, students will live in Bellingham and provide their own housing.