North Cascades Institute

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

Summer temps are here in the North Cascades and with that brings epic alpine views and fun summertime happenings!! North Cascades National Park is turning 50 this year and will be having celebratory events throughout the season! Like Music in the American Wild, August 21-25. Stop by the North Cascades visitor center in Newhalem for more information on what to do while in the park, trail conditions, awesome ranger programs and junior ranger fun times for kids of all ages! Stop by the wilderness information center in Marblemount for permits and backcountry travel info. 📸: @staciangeliques
"Photo Contest!!! Share your love for the North Cascades by posting a photograph of yourself, friends or family holding the "I love the North Cascades" sign to Instagram. Be sure to include #northcascadeslove to be eligible for our monthly drawing for prizes including a trucker hat featuring the wonderful art of @drawntohighplaces . Bonus points for saying why you love the North Cascades. For more details head to our website (link in bio). Happy exploring!!"
Sitting 15 miles south of the Canadian border and covered in white, jagged ridges, Mount Baker is the northernmost United States volcano in the Cascade Range. After Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes. Check out our latest blog post (link in bio), “Fire & Ice: How lava and glaciers formed Mount Baker” by grad @bluemrb.
From the archives of @skagittours. Diablo dam spilling in 1935. This photo is a real gem, since spilling from both sides is such a rare sight.
“The knife edge was spicy, the views were insane and the company was top notch”- Photo by @missmeghanyoung while climbing Eldorado Peak!
Some photos from our recent class, “In the company of Corvids led by UW professor John Marzluff and researcher Kaeli Swift. This class fills up fast every year and if you want to make sure you secure a spot for this class or any of our other popular classes, make sure to get on our mailing list (link in bio).You’ll receive updates on events happening at the learning center and info on upcoming classes and programs being offered throughout the year. 📸: @r_too
We still have some spots open for our Adventures NW photography workshop! Immerse yourself in the mountainous environment of North Cascades National Park while you improve your in-camera technique. After shooting in the field you’ll learn editing techniques with Lightroom CC and ultimately take home a quality print of your work. How neat is that!! For more information check out our website (link in bio). 📸: @nathanaelbillings
“It resides only on the steepest of slopes. It climbs with more expertise than the most skilled mountaineers. Its fur is as white as snow. This large mammal is perfectly designed to face the challenges of this extreme environment, horns first.” Check out our latest blog post (Link in bio), “Life in the Alpine: Adaptations in a Vertical World” from grad @charlee_ann. 📸: @andyporterimages
“When we began hiking, the intention was not to summit a mountain. I wanted to see some alpine lakes and reflect on how neat and complicated public lands are...but when the snow seemed navigable, and the views were beyond inspiring, we kept on climbing up Trappers Peak” - @peakedcuriosity #northcascadeslove
Happy 4th of July!! Whether you’re hiking, camping, grilling, enjoying fireworks or just plain ol hanging out, remember to celebrate responsibly and safely. Fireworks start an average of over 18,000 fires per year. Fire is no stranger to the North Cascades National Park. The Goodell fire in 2015 scorched over 7000 acres in the park, causing evacuations in the Newhalem area. Although it was lightning caused, fires caused by fireworks are completely preventable. 📸: @natebbrown #happy4th
Our Youth Leadership Adventures staff spent 2.5 days paddling on Ross Lake and 2.5 days hiking the Bridge Creek trail recently, training to lead their trips with high school students this summer. Everyone got to learn about camp systems, practice teaching lessons and have a ton of fun. The first trip of the season heads out July 5!
Want to get out in the North Cascades this summer and help butterflies? The Cascades Butterfly Project, a citizen science project conducting surveys this summer at Cascade Pass, Maple Pass, Easy Pass, Sauk Mountain, and Skyline Divide, is looking for volunteers. Join their field training at Sauk Mountain next Thursday, July 12, 10-3. This is a good time to learn more about the project, practice identifying butterflies and plants of the North Cascades, and have fun in the mountains! Contact Riley at or (360) 854-7338 for more information.
Do you enjoy walking meditation, hiking and naturalist observations that deepen your connection with the natural world? If so, check out our, “Sit, Walk, Write: Nature and the Practice of Presence” class being offered this fall at the learning center. For more information check out our website (link in bio)
Check out our latest blog post, (link in bio) “The North Cascades Grizzly Bear: Threatened Past and Uncertain Future” by grad student Eric Buher. Learn about the history of the grizzly bear in this region and the Environmental impact statement for grizzly bear augmentation in the North Cascades Ecosystem. 📸: NPS
Happy #FoodShedFriday ! These blueberries traveled less than 50 miles from Whitehorse Meadows Farm in Darrington to the Environmental Learning Center’s kitchen. @butterflychef used them to make these amazing blueberry tartlets! And just in case you were wondering, they taste blueberry-riffic!!
#campgoals . The weekend approaches. Who is getting out in the mountains? Epic shot from @coltonandrewjacobs.
We were joined on a recent Skagit Tours practice run by @themusicalmountaineers , featuring Rose on piano and Anastasia on violin, who played lovely music to accompany the views from Diablo Lake. While they won’t be a regular feature on Diablo Lake and Lunch Tours this summer, we do hope to have them back up to the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center soon! Check out the calendar of all four different Skagit Tours being offered this summer at — including Diablo Lake & Lunch Tour, Powerhouse Insiders Tour and Dam Good Chicken Dinner & Ladder Creek Falls by Night.
“I hope to inspire future generations of environmental advocates who are literate in concepts such as the climate crisis and can articulate their knowledge using non-violent communication skills. I’m excited about the Youth Conservation Corps position because I am managing a small team of bright, hardworking, impressionable, young people on a consistent basis throughout the summer. The plan is to help develop career skills for these folks in the fields of environmental stewardship and restoration.” - Words & photos from grad student @page.darcy1 about working as a coordinator for youth conservation corps (YCC) over the summer as part of her graduate leadership track. In this photo YCC students work in the confluence garden picking lettuce for lunch, harvesting radishes and learning about flower reproduction.
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