North Cascades Institute

Connecting people,nature and community through education since 1986. #ncascades — Join our photo contest #NorthCascadesLove

Congrats to @rbccakorf , our next #NorthCascadesLove photo contest winner, who celebrated her love for the North Cascades AND public lands at the Harvest Festival in Stehekin! October is the last month to enter the photo contest, so don’t wait! Grab your sign, snap a photo, and share your #NorthCascadesLove !
Are you interested in the outdoors, leadership and/or stewardship? Are you between the ages of 14 to 26 years old? If so, we invite you to join us at the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit (NWYLS)! This year, the NWYLS—a free event— will consist of Seattle area field trips on Friday, November 16 and the main Summit on Saturday, November 17. Sunday, October 21 is the last day to secure your spot! Check out 2018 Northwest Youth Leadership Summit on Facebook to find more information and to sign up! #NWYLS #Leadership #PNW #Youth #YouthOpportunities #FutureLeaders #Stewards
Views from the East! For those who are snow enthusiasts, seeing the first dusting on the peaks in the distance is sure exciting! • 📸: @a.fitty
Larch Pass was aptly named! These stunning trees are deciduous conifers and produce the most beautiful splashes of color across the Pasayten Wilderness. • How many of you have been out chasing larches?
Calling all youth ages 14-26: There is still time to join our contest and win one of these beautiful hats featuring the artwork of @drawntohighplaces. To enter tag a friend that you want to see at the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit in Seattle on Saturday, November 17th—and don’t forget to register yourself by October 15th! Learn more about the Summit at
We are so excited to host creative resident Claire Dibble and to learn about one of her latest project in Svalbard, a remote area between Norway and the North Pole. She creates unique photography prints that interweaves plastic debris found in the beautiful landscape. “I see this work as a commentary on consumerism, but I also seek to illustrate beauty in our current situation, an acceptance of reality. In so doing, I hope to encourage viewers to reconsider their own use or reuse of items, but also to treasure what is already here, both natural and manmade.” • For more info check out • 📸: @dibbledibble
It’s #FoodshedFriday ! This summer our amazing kitchen staff served hundreds of program participants, catered several weddings and prepared a wonderful feast for our annual harvest dinner. So much gratitude to our kitchen team who consistently cook delicious, creative, local and healthy meals for all to enjoy. What’s your favorite meal you’ve shared with us at the Learning Center?
Happy #WildlifeWednesday ! Last month mountain goats started being relocated from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades, their native habitat. Wildlife officials hope the transported goats will boost a reduced population of mountain goats already living in the North Cascades. The state expects to relocate half of the estimated 700 goats on the Olympic Peninsula. 📸: @nearart_photography
Calling all youth ages 14-26: Tag a friend that you want to see at the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit in Seattle on Saturday, November 17th for your chance to win a super cool hat featuring artwork by @drawntohighplaces . And make sure to register yourself by October 15th!
Happy mountain Monday! Here’s a little mountain magic of the Milky Way over Liberty Bell, to spruce up your Monday morning from @sarina_clark. Have some epic adventure photos from this weekend? Enter them in our photo contest for a chance to win prizes including a trucker hat featuring art from @drawntohighplaces. To enter, take a photo in the North Cascades with our downloadable sign from our website, or make your own! Tell us why you love this amazing place, then post to Instagram or Facebook and tag #northcascadeslove . More info at: (link in bio)
“Above the wilderness between the Skagit River and the Mt. Baker rise the jagged, ice-carved peaks of the Picket Range, wearing such stirring names as Fury, Phantom, Terror and Challenger. The jumble is roughly organized in the southern or Terror, group and the northern or Fury, group - two fortresses ringed by cliffs and jungle.” (Fred Beckey, Challenge of the North Cascades) 📸: @nickrlake
Are you tired of the stress of cooking a large Thanksgiving meal? Do you want a place to relax with family, make new friends, have fun, learn about the environment and have all the delicious food provided? Come create a new family tradition this year and join us for our Thanksgiving Family Getaway at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. This retreat is designed for families that are committed to connecting with each other and with nature, while enjoying wonderful food, people and educational programs. More info and registration at (link in bio) or (360) 854-2599
When fall and winter collide! Where are your weekend plans taking you?! 📸: @missmeghanyoung
The Cascades Wolverine Project (@cascades_gulogulo )is gearing up to dive into another field season searching for North Cascades Wolverines!! This project is a grassroots effort to boost winter wolverine monitoring in the North Cascades, capture engaging images of this elusive mountain carnivore, and leverage the skills of winter backcountry recreationists as wildlife observers and alpine stewards. Biologists seek to answer basic questions about wolverine ecology in the Cascades, such as distribution, abundance and habitat relations, which often proves difficult due to the remote and rugged terrain wolverines choose to make their home.
In addition to celebrating the North Cascades National Park’s anniversary, on Tuesday we also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. To celebrate these milestones that help protect the wild and special places around us, we encourage you to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful fall scenery and weather. This is the last month to join in on our #NorthCascadesLove photo contest, so don’t wait! Head to for more info
Larches, lakes and mountain view’s from @nickmdanielson ! Anyone recognize where this view is from?
Today we are so thrilled to celebrate a huge milestone—the North Cascades National Park turns 50!! We are incredibly fortunate to call this special place home, and we are grateful to those who fought so hard to protect it. Now we look forward to discovering what the park’s next 50 years will look like! #NorthCascadesLove #NOCA50
Are you ages 14-26? Are you interested in building a career pathway to becoming a successful environmental and community leader? Then join us for the Northwest Youth Leadership Summit on November 16th and 17th! The Summit is completely free! Students will participate in leadership skill building workshops, explore opportunities in environmental or outdoor fields, engage in conversations surrounding social justice and activism, build your resume, and connect with friends and like minded peers. Please register before October 15th, you can learn more here:
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