Give BIG for Youth

We believe that shared experiences in nature strengthen community. Coming together outside, we can leave behind the pressures that isolate, distract, and divide us. We learn, explore, and challenge ourselves, and find common ground. This is even more important for our children, who need time outside, with mentors and educators who can help them move beyond their fears of bullying, school shootings, a changing climate and an uncertain future.

Your support of North Cascades Institute youth programs creates space for kids to learn, discover, grow, lead, restore, and share experiences that inspire them to action.

When we give together, we take a stance to act together to protect our beloved and troubled world!

Thank You for Giving BIG for Youth 

Thank you to all those who gave BIG this spring! Because of you, we: 

  • Met our $45,000 Give BIG challenge match (raising $47,700 in just one day!)
  • Welcomed 37 new supporters to our community
  • Thanked 263 donors who contributed nearly $182,000 to our spring Give Big for Youth campaign overall

Because of you young people will come together this year outside to learn together, discover together, lead together and act together. 

If you'd still like to make a gift or share your love of the North Cascades with friends, feel free to: 

Or call (360) 854-2599 to make a donation by phone. For other ways to donate, see Ways To Give.

Thank you for giving BIG for youth! Whatever amount you're able to donate will help young people: 

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Every year there are kids that struggle in a classroom setting, but out in nature they are different: answering questions and coming alive. Mountain School provides a setting for them to succeed. Students return years later talking about their trip.

— Gretchen, Centennial Elementary Teacher

85% of teachers report that Mountain School equalizes the learning environment

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I’ve learned to express my own ideas and opinions. Talking comfortably with others has expanded my view on becoming a leader. This trip has changed the way I think about leadership, other people, and having a voice.

— 2018 Youth Leadership Adventures participant

87% of students report seeing themselves as leaders after Youth Leadership Adventures

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Our students live along Mt. Baker Highway, which ends at the stunning Artist Point vista. Yet most have never seen the viewpoint, played at the ski area, or hiked the trails. Hands-on experiments with inspiring instructors enhance students’ academic experience and instill connection to the natural world.

— Neal, Mount Baker Jr. High Teacher about Snow School

4,560 third-twelfth grade students experience the North Cascades ecosystem annually, many for the first time

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My 12 days out here has made me more aware of my choices and how they affect the environment. I feel more prepared to educate others about climate change and how to show them the difference they can make.

— 2017 Youth Leadership Adventures participant

91% of students leave Youth Leadership Adventures knowing how to reduce climate change impacts

Thank you for giving big TODAY!

Learn more about our youth programs and scholarship opportunities