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Connecting people, nature and community through education since 1986

John Scurlock

Christian Martin
North Cascades Institute 2010derText Hea Catalog HeaderText
Welcome to North Cascades Institutes 24th eld season. Were a conservation organization whose chosen tool is education. We believe an informed and caring citizenry is essential to protecting the integrity of these wondrous landscapes we are fortunate to call home. Last year was tough for everyone, but with the support of our friends and fans, and using our naturalists skills of paying close attention in new ways, we were able to confront the challenges of the economy and thrive. Through concerted efforts by our staff and board of directors, weve made it through the storm and are operating smarter than ever. And 2010 is a year full of opportunity and promise. You can see our evolution in the pages of this catalog. Weve asked you what you want, listened, and come up with new programs designed to provide you with more opportunities to get outside in the North Cascades on your own schedule. Im excited to introduce Base Camp, a exible and affordable opportunity to enjoy the Learning Center, relax, eat good food, connect with nature and share with others. See page 6 for details. Were concentrating our attention on our home ground, looking deeper in to the Learning Centers immediate neighborhood, as well as the public lands of the Skagit River watershed that connects two of the great ecosystems of the Northwestthe mountains of the North Cascades and the marine ecosystems of Puget Sound. Were offering fewer specialized, far-ung seminars while strengthening our popular and more accessible Learning Center programs such as Family Getaways, Diablo Downtimes and the Sourdough Speaker Series. Were continuing to offer art and natural history classes that are perennial favorites and inviting new instructors such as Cliff Mass, Nikki McClure and Lee Mann to join our mission. Weve condensed our catalog as we rely more and more on our website (, our blog ( and social media outlets like Facebook, Vimeo and Flickr to communicate and share what were up to. Other exciting developments in 2010 that youll want to take note of include a new Bring-a-Buddy discount, scholarships for college students and new opportunites for young adults (age 14+) to join our programs this year. I hope to see you outside this season!
Saul Weisberg, Executive Director P.S. Sign up for a Learning Center program and there is a good chance youll experience Diablo Lake from our new 18-person Salish-style canoe!
Were concentrating attention on our home ground, looking deeper. in to the public lands of the Skagit River watershed that connects two of the great ecosystems of the Northwest the mountains of the North Cascades and the marine ecosystems of Puget Sound.

Amy Brown

Jude Kavalam

Benj Drummond 360.854.2599

Table of Contents

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May Diablo Downtime

June Diablo Downtime

Free Day Trip at the Learning Center
Wildlife Tracking with Dave Moskowitz
Landscape Watercolor in the North Cascades with Molly Hashimoto


Northwest Naturalists Weekend with Cliff Mass, Mignonne Bivon, Susan Prichard and Phil Higuera
September Diablo Downtime
Sourdough Speaker Series III: Kurt Hoelting Bunchgrass dreams: High Desert Ecology with Mark Darrach
Lessons in Drawing in the North Cascades with Jocelyn Curry


Autumn Beauty and Bounty: A Watercolor Feast with Molly Hashimoto
Hands to Work: Learning Center Stewardship Weekend
Fourth of July Family Getaway
Early August Family Getaway

October Diablo Downtime

July Diablo Downtime

August Diablo Downtime

Sourdough Speaker Series V: TBA
Memorial Day Family Getaway
Creative Arts Retreat with Kristen Gilje, Melinda West and Ruthy Porter
Writing about the Outdoors with Nick OConnell

Halloween Family Getaway

Spring Birding Weekend with Libby Mills and Jim Alt

Mid-July Family Getaway

Making a Paper Cut Story with Nikki McClure


Sourdough Speaker Series VI: TBA
Pocket Camera Wildower Photography with Mark Turner
Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake with Gerry Cook, Saul Weisberg, and Hannah Sullivan

People and Places of the Upper Skagit with Gerry Cook and Bob Mierendorf
Thanksgiving Family Getaway

Donya Gorham

Flowers and their Pollinators with Saul and Shelley Weisberg


Hikes, Camera Action!: The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

June Family Getaway

30Aug 1
Wilderness Navigation: Map and Compass Skills
Welcome to the Neighborhood!

The North

Cascades Environmental Learning Center is surrounded by 7,000,000 acres of protected public lands in Washington and British Columbia. Forming the core of this mandala of protected landscapes is the 684,000-acre North Cascades National Park Complex, our wild and primeval neighborhood.
Jenny Lee Rae North Cascades Institute Rick Allen Lara Swimmer Benj Drummond
With 93 percent of its area designated as wilderness, the park is known for its steep mountains, plentiful streams and waterfalls and tremendous biological diversity. East and west of the Pacic Crest, several major watersheds ow from the North Cascades, including the Skagit River, the largest basin draining into Puget Sound. With more than 300 glaciers and countless snowelds, the North Cascades is one of the most rugged and heavily glaciated areas in the United States outside of Alaska. We hope you'll join us this year to explore this wondrous, exhilirating place and imbibe its good graces.
more info, videos, photos and learning center blog at

John Miles

Base Camp

Join the Institute

this summer for a unique overnight educational experience. Everyone is invited to stay for Base Camp at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, for as many days and nights as youd like, on a spaceavailable basis, during our peak summer season from June 14 to August 20, 2010.
more info, faq and an online learning center tour at www.
Flexible, affordable, enriching, fun: Base Camp is an exciting new opportunity to explore and learn about this magnicent mountain range from professional naturalists and instructors while enjoying the comforts of our campus in the heart of North Cascades National Park. Extend the length of your Institute class to enjoy more time in the mountains. Gather family or friends and hang out on Diablo Lake participating in fun outdoor activities led by passionate, knowledgeable guides and rangers. Stay with us after your hike in the national park and refuel with delicious meals made with local, organic ingredients, a hot shower and stimulating community. Reserve a spot for a rejuvenating stopover during your national park road trip, crosscountry motorcycle tour or Cascadian bike ride. Every Base Camp registrant will enjoy overnight accommodations in our comfortable lodges, three meals and admission to our daily learning adventures on the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades. Learning adventures will be offered three times every day and will vary day-by-day throughout the summer. Options may include guided hikes on nearby trails, canoeing on Diablo Lake, natural history instruction, games, art activities, presentations, campres, night hikes, outdoor recreation, wilderness skills and more. Register with a family or group and save: $95 for the rst person, $50 for the second person and $25 each for the next two people sharing one room. In other words, a group of four sharing a room costs $195 a night, or less than $50 per personprogram, lodging and meals all included! Individual, shared-room registration is $95 per person. Individual, private-room registration is $125 per person. Sign up in advance by calling our registration desk at (360) 854-2599. Register earlythese programs will ll fast! (Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.)


Free Day Trips

Ramble up a forest trail and see what is in bloom.
Paddle on emerald-green Diablo Lake with views of glaciers, tiny pine-studded islands and the impressive Skagit River gorge. Explore the Silver LEED-certied North Cascades Environmental Learning Center and learn more about the Institute and the wide variety of opportunities to connect with nature that we offer people of all ages and abilities. Day Trips are offered on a drop-in basis, rst-come, rst-served, and no advanced registration is offered.
Saturdays 8:30 am4:30 pm May 22, June 5 and July 31 Institute naturalists and National Park Service rangers

Free (donations welcome)

more info at

Jesse Kinsman

North Cascades Institute

Scott Leppert

Family Getaways

Connect with

your familyand nature tooon the scenic shores of Diablo Lake at our award-winning Learning Center. Families of all shapes, sizes and ages will enjoy spending quality time together while enjoying the invigorating mountain air, bracing views and starry night skies of North Cascades National Park, one of the most spectacular wilderness landscapes in all of North America.
more info, faq and an online learning center tour at
We invite you to spend a weekend in the mountains with North Cascades Institute, but leave your tent, inatable air mattress and camp stove at home and let us take care of all the details. We provide comfortable accommodations in our cozy lodges and delicious, healthful meals with the tastes of young diners in mind, served buffet-style in our lakeside dining hall. The most difcult choice during your weekend may be what activities your family wants to join. Will you follow our skilled naturalists as they lead kids and adults alike on adventures on Diablo Lake and the surrounding network of trails? Do you want to take part in daily outdoor games, arts and crafts, storytelling and scientic exploration? Should you spend the day hiking to spectacular views of local glaciers or simply relaxing with a book in the Wild Ginger Library? With our inspiring slate of activities designed to introduce adults and children of all ages to the wonders of the natural world, youll be able to design your own itinerary to create the perfect weekend retreat for your family. We welcome groups that include parents, grandparents, children, guardians, aunts and uncles and nontraditional families. Children ages two and younger can be added to the family registration at no charge. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by a parent throughout the program. Make this summers close-to-home vacation one your family wont soon forget. Call our registrar at (360) 854-2599 to reserve your spot in these unique programs and start a new family tradition. Family Getaways are popular and ll fast, so call today!

Nestled at the foot of Sourdough Mountain, our Learning Center is a choice venue for intimate gatherings of Northwest artists, writers, naturalists and historians to share their own stories from the region. Each Sourdough Speaker Series engagement begins Saturday around sunset with wine and hors d'uvres on the deck of our lakeside dining hall before moving inside for an informal gourmet dinner of local and organic foods prepared by our renowned kitchen staff. A presentation by our guest speaker will follow, with ample time for questions and discussion. Following Sunday mornings breakfast, well offer an optional naturalist-led activity to get you outdoors exploring the Learning Centers neighborhood. Your $95 ticket includes a dinner of locally grown foods, a unique salon-style presentation by our guest speakers, overnight accommodations in our comfortable lodges, breakfast and a naturalist-led morning activity. All proceeds from these engagements benet summer youth activities in the North Cascades, so eat, drink and be merry for a good cause!

Lee Mann

March 2728 A Photographers Journey through the North Cascades
Renowned Skagit Valley-based photographer Lee Mann will share images and stories of a lifetime spent bringing people closer to nature through art. He will share with us his long-range perspective on the North Cascades, including tales from growing up in a rural lifestyle in the Skagit, early mountaineering, his personal transformation toward a conservation ethic and his involvement in establishing North Cascades National Park. Join us as Lee shows his favorite images from a lifetime of photographing the Pacic Northwest and tells the stories behind the scenery.

Will and Mari Kemper

April 2425 A Celebration of Microbrewing in the Pacic Northwest
When the Kempers chose Bellingham as their new home, our corner landed one of the most accomplished entrepreneurial beer-brewing teams in the world. From the original Thomas Kemper Brewery on Bainbridge Island in 1984 to the opening of Old Towns Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen in 2009, their story traces the rise of craft brewing in the Pacic Northwest. Join us for a night full of beer history and lore, insider stories from the frontlines of the Northwests microbrewing revolution and a special multi-course meal created to showcase several of the Kempers best brews.

Kurt Hoelting

May 1516 The Circumference of Home

After realizing the gaping hole between his convictions about climate change and his own carbon footprint, Kurt Hoelting embarked on a yearlong experiment to rediscover the heart of his own home by the Salish Sea. Trading in his car and jet travel for a kayak, a bicycle and his own two feet, Kurt spent the year exploring an approximately 100-Kilometer circle drawn around his home on the map that enveloped the contours of the Puget Sound basin. Join us as Kurt shares the challenges and triumphs of his creative experiment and introduces The Circumference of Home: One Mans Yearlong Quest for a Radically Local Life, the book that chronicles his challenge of living locally.
more info and registration at, including fall series dates and speakers

Sourdough Speakers

Barry Lopez
On April 7, the Institute and Seattle Arts & Lectures welcomed Barry Lopez, the renowned Oregonian nature writer, to Benaroya Hall for a presentation entitled "Speak, Landscape." We hope you were able to join us and hear Lopez illuminate the connections between culture, language and landscapes.

2010 Adult Programs

NEW IN 2010
* Our new Base Camp program allows for more
exibility in your stay at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. Come stay with us for as many days and nights as you like, on a space-available basis, during our peak summer season from June 14 to August 20, 2010. Details on page 6. With our new Bring-a-Buddy discount, sign up for a program with a friend who is new to North Cascades Institute and youll both save 15 percent off tuition! See page 20 for details. This year, were extending the invitation to register for our adult programs to young adults ages 14 and up. Currently enrolled students can receive 50 percent off any Learning Center program with tuition over $100. See page 20 for details. This years mix of adult programs includes past favorites like the Art, Spring Birding and Naturalists retreats, Ross Lake journeys on the Mule, digital photography, watercolors and the Sourdough Speaker Series, while also introducing new ideas: the 2010 Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Nikki McClure teaching her exquisite papercutting art, Cliff Mass explaining the secrets of our regions weather and classes on wildlife tracking, basketweaving with natural materials and map- and compass-navigation skills.

In 2010, North

Cascades Institute continues a 24-year tradition of offering engaging, high-quality, hands-on natural and cultural history experiences for people of all ages. From the visual and literary arts to ecological studies to backcountry explorations, our popular programs connect thousands to the wild wonders of the North Cascades region.

Center with at least four painted scarves. Additional $47 material fee will cover cost of supplies to make four nished scarves.
Baskets from Northwest Landscapes with Melinda West:
How do you create a beautiful container out of branches, roots, barks, vines and grasses? Together well take a close look at Pacic Northwest landscapes and learn to see the wealth of basket-making materials our local ecosystems yield. Meet the plants and trees that regional First Nations cultures have long recognized to be rich in ber: western red cedar, cattail, stinging nettle and more. Learn how to grow, gather, prepare, cure, store, mellow and weave using native and non-native plants alike. As we walk the trails to identify plants, prepare materials and construct our large gathering baskets, well engage an ancient art form that comes to us from thousands of years of native traditions with local plants. By the end of our weekend together, the beautiful baskets weve created will reect the Northwest landscape and celebrate our connections to it. Additional $30 material fee will cover cost of pre-gathered, cured materials, including inner cedar bark, cedar branches and roots and an assortment of branches, roots, grasses, leaves and vines to create one medium/ large-sized ribbed harvest basket.

Mark Turner

Pocket Camera Wildower Photography
Mark Turner July 1921 (MONWED) $215, $295, $455
Silk Painting with Kristen Gilje:
Come and play with luxurious silk and beautiful bright dyes to make colorful scarves or wall hangings. The techniques are easy to learn and fun to practice. Well employ simple painting techniques, as well as wax and gutta resists and salt, alcohol and other texturing agents. Walks in the forest and along the lakeshore will provide inspiration for color and design. Whether you keep it simple or get creatively complex, youll leave the Learning
Do you have a pocket digital camera but arent quite sure how to make the most of it? Join photographer Mark Turner to better maximize what your camera is capable of, identifying what features you really need, what you can ignore and what your cameras strengths are. Best of all, well focus on the North Cascades annual bloom of wildflowers as our artistic subject. From our home base at the Learning Center, well travel to different natural areas along the North Cascades Highway, shooting in eld locations offering a wide range of subject matter. Mark will teach us how to photograph plant portraits full of beauty and natural history information, as well as lead visual explorations of the interrelationships of several wildower species and their habitats.

Melinda West

Ruthy Porter

Kristen Gilje

Staff naturalists July 30Aug 1 (FRI E VESUN) $215, $295, $455
Northwest Naturalists Weekend: Weather, Wildre and Biodiversity
15 Cliff Mass, Mignonne Bivon, Susan Prichard and Phil Higuera Aug 58 ( THU E VESUN) 21 /1CP $305, $385, $545
Cost includes 3 nights lodging & 9 meals
Ross Lake By Boat and Boot: People and Places of the Upper Skagit
Gerry Cook and Bob Mierendorf July 2225 ( THU E VESUN) $/1CP
Cost includes 1 night shared lodging & 4 meals at the Learning Center, shuttle, campsite & boat transportation
Experience the wilderness setting of Ross Lake, a fjord-like jewel in the heart of the North Cascades, and learn about the cultural history that has crisscrossed this remote terrain for eons. From a comfortable perch aboard our boat, at our lakeside camp and on hiking trails, youll hear vivid accounts spanning 10,000 years of indigenous presence in these mountains, as well as more recent stories from explorers, miners, re lookouts, rangers and Beat poets. With more than 60 years of National Park Service employment between them, Gerry and Bob maintain a treasure trove of local knowledge and intimacy with the North Cascades. The generosity with which they impart their wisdom will make this a backcountry adventure youll never forget.
Washington State is blessed with vast reaches of protected public landmillions of acres of mountains, desert, shoreline and forest available to us to explore by boat, boot and bike. Your adventures will be more rewarding, as well as safer and more predictable, if you have practiced navigation skills using a map and compasstwo wilderness tools that never go out of style. The ability to interpret a map in relation to the surrounding landscape is one of the most valuable assets one can depend on while traveling on or off the beaten path. Join us for a weekend of honing the craft of map and compass reading, topography and GPS navigation. With seasoned Institute naturalists as our teachers and guides, well learn essential concepts such as declination, true north, triangulation and how latitude and longitude differ from a UTM grid. From our home base at the Learning Center, well venture forth and spend our days exploring the incredible wilderness areas of North Cascades National Park. At the end of the class, youll get a chance to test your newfound skills by working in teams to navigate a specially designed course that will introduce you to our wild neighborhood. Get to know the powerful, time-tested tools that will become valuable allies as you continue to explore the wild places of this region and beyond.
Spend an enriching weekend exploring North Cascadian landscapes and gaining understanding of the dynamic ecological processes that fuel their lush biodiversity. With leading experts guiding us and sharing insights from their interconnected disciplines, youll gain a greater appreciation for the natural phenomena of the Pacic Northwest. From our comfortable base at the Learning Center, well venture out on daily eld trips to some of the most interesting areas the North Cascades have to offer. University of Washington professor Cliff Mass, the most widely known weather guru of our region and author of the best-selling book The Weather of the Pacic Northwest, will enlighten us about the complex weather phenomena of the Northwest, which are dominated by the effects of the Pacic Ocean and the mountain ranges of this region. Fire ecology specialists Susan Prichard, research scientist for the Pacic Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, and Phil Higuera, re ecology professor at the University of Idaho, will introduce us to the rich mosaic of ora and fauna created by the historic cycles of wildland res. Well visit fresh burn sites inside North Cascades National Park and have the opportunity to compare them to older, recovering burn sites.

Longtime National Park Service botanist Mignonne Bivin, with help from by David Sibleys latest book, Guide to Trees, will guide us from lowland to subalpine forests to discover the abundance of plant life in our local mountains. The North Cascades weather patterns, re history, varied topography and elevation changes create one of the highest diversities of plant species anywhere in the nation. Weather, wildre, botanywe invite you to the Learning Center this August to nd out more about the fascinating elements that combine in surprising ways to make our region the amazing place that it is.

Brett Baunton

The Spirit of Place: Writing about the Outdoors
Crafting Memory: Making a Paper Cut Story
18 /1CP Nikki McClure Aug 2325 (MONWED) $275, $355, $515
Nick OConnell Aug 2325 (MONWED) $275, $355, $515
The jagged summits of the North Cascades. The black sand beaches of Hawaii. The sun-baked sandstone of the American Southwest. How can writers conjure a sense of particular places in their work? This workshop will teach you how to recreate the world on the page through use of concrete language, vivid imagery, dramatic scene and point of view. Well read travel and nature writing from Paul Theroux, Edward Abbey, Brenda Peterson and others and discuss how these authors manage to capture a sense of place in their work. Through writing exercises and discussion, we will complete a short story of our own evoking a strong sense of place. The Learning Center staff of chefs, naturalists and graduate students will support us and make us feel at home all weekend as we exercise our powers of creativity. Writing beneath the towering spires of Pyramid and Colonial peaks, well nd out how awesome settings can inspire awesome prose.
Join Nikki McClure, the Olympia-based artist renowned for her intricate and beautiful paper cuts, for her rst art retreat with North Cascades Institute as the long days of late summer stretch before us. Using an X-Acto knife, Nikki cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper, creating a bold language that translates the complex poetry of parenthood, nature and activism into a simple and endearing picture. Her art is ubiquitous in our region, gracing best-selling calendars, T-shirts, cards and, more recently, books, including All in a Day, a recipient of the 2010 Pacic Northwest Booksellers Association award. Starting with landscape and eld sketchesas well as muscle memories of places lodged in our psycheswell begin to craft our stories. Moving to single sheets of paper, well cut images using X-Acto knives and carve out stories rich with the memory of this time and place. In between working on our art projects, there will be opportunities to hike in the woods, splash around in the lake, nibble berries and walk in the moonlight. Our outdoor adventures over the course of three days will inspire the crafting of our paper cuts.

Nikki McClure

Hikes, Camera, Action!: The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival The Beats Goes On: Lookout Poets and Backcountry Tales on Ross Lake
Gerry Cook, Saul Weisberg and Hannah Sullivan Aug 2629 ( THUR E VESUN) 21 /1CP $255
Cost includes 1 night lodging & 4 meals at the Learning Center, shuttle, campsite & boat transportation
Learning Center Naturalists Sept 35 (FRISUN) $215, $295, $455
Cost includes 2 nights lodging & 6 meals $20 commuter rate includes 1 dinner & 1 evening of lms
Venture up Ross Lake and immerse yourself in the literary history of the North Cascades while taking in the beauty of peak summer glory. Traveling by boat with 3 great storytellernaturalists with decades of backcountry experience among them, well read poetry and lookout journals, go swimming and hiking, practice yoga and tour the lakes hidden canyons. The highlight of our adventure will be hiking to the top of Desolation Peak where Jack Kerouac, the reluctant King of the Beats, lived the life of a mercurial re lookoutan experience he famously documented in his novels The Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels. Well gather Thursday night at the Learning Center to share lodging, meals and camaraderie. Friday, well head to Ross Lake to board the 30-foot, open-decked Mule, the perfect oating venue for easy backcountry explorations. Base camping for two nights at Lightning Creek, well hike up to the historic Desolation Peak re lookout. Finally, Sunday, well tour the lake and make our reluctant way back to the Learning Center. Dont miss this annual expedition of books, rucksacks, campre tales and jaw-dropping views!
Were thrilled that the Learning Center will be a host venue for the 2010 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Join us for a weekend that celebrates the conservation community around us, addresses the challenges we face, explores the late-summer glory of the North Cascades and inspires us to work for change through two evenings of environmentally charged lms. Well spend the daylight hours exploring Cascadian wildlands at the tipping point between summer and fall. Gorge on wild blueberries as we hike up Cutthroat Pass for epic views. Explore Skagit Valley farms with our chef when harvest is in full swing. Or let our naturalists guide you across Diablo Lake in our new 18-person Pacic Dancer canoe. Friday and Saturday nights, sit back and relax as we present the latest environmentally themed lms, ranging from extraordinary outdoor adventures to poignant environmental justice battles to sensitive eco-awareness shorts. Throughout the weekend, youll enjoy delicious meals, comfortable accommodations and opportunities to enjoy free time. Weve also invited conservation groups from both sides of the Cascades to join us and share information about what they are up to in 2010.

Complete registration info on next page Wildlife Tracking: Bears, Cougars and other Cascadian Mammals
Dave Moskowitz Sept 1012 (FRI E VESUN) $275, $355, $515 15
Watching wildlife comes easily in many landscapes, but the Northwest is a different creature. Just like our mountain views, you often need to put in extra effort to see an animal in the Cascade woodlands, especially reclusive mammals such as bears, cougars, coyotes and bobcats. But the effort is worthwhile: learning to track wildlife can open your eyes to the many unfolding stories that are going on all around us. Such skills hone your senses and help you identify the ever-present but often-hidden thread of animal life woven throughout our wildlands, towns and backyards. Join Dave, a longtime tracker, teacher and author, to study tracking fundamentals such as trailing, timing and identifying diverse signs including prints, scat, tree scrapes and food caches. Well get a rsthand look at the habitats of these animals as we canoe to silty deltas on Diablo Lake and scour the marshy lowlands of the Skagit River, while learning about many animals and the complex ecosystems they inhabit.
Autumn Beauty and Bounty: A Watercolor Harvest

Molly Hashimoto

Oct 13 (FRISUN) $275, $355, $515 Cost includes two nights lodging and seven meals 18 /1CP
Paint the vivid hues of autumn in the North Cascades with Molly, one of the Northwests most gifted and generous art instructors. Well paint on location at the Learning Center and experience the beauty of maples and other forest colors, and then travel to higher elevations in search of glorious golden larches. In
the evenings (and during any rainy spells), well paint in the classroom, using a harvest cornucopiasquash, pumpkins and more of the Skagits autumnal bountydesigning still-life sketches, studies and paintings, looking at favorite works from Old Masters and learning from their design principles. Always one of our most popular instructors, let Molly help you to improve your watercoloring skills while basking in the eeting glory of fall in the mountains.

2. North Cascades Wild,

a backcountry canoe, backpacking and conservation service program for underserved youth on Ross and Baker lakes in North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. During the course of 12 life-changing days, high school students from the Seattle area, Skagit Valley and Whatcom County complete service projects, learn Leave No Trace principles, outdoor camping and leadership skills and study wilderness, stewardship and the natural and cultural history of the region with the Institute, National Park Service and United States Forest Service.
3. Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Kids Program,
We offer these exciting outdoor experiences to local youth for free. If you are interested in helping the next generation of young people learn about our local environment, contact our development program at (360) 854-2596 or a program that began in 2007 in partnership with Mount BakerSnoqualmie National Forest, Mount Vernon Police Department and North Cascades National Park. This outreach initiative engages youth from one of the Skagit Valleys most diverse neighborhoods in a variety of outdoor activities through all-day eld trips. Since its inception, more than 100 youth have learned about bears, mountain goats, marine biology, migratory birds and the natural history of the Skagit Valley through visits to local public lands with a variety of educators.
You h P Youth Programs YouthtAdventures

Jenny Lee Rae

Mountain School
believes children exposed to nature and educated in the natural sciences gain a valuable connection that will serve them their whole lives. Mountain School, which has served more than 16,000 children since 1989, is our nationally recognized residential environmental education program offered in cooperation with North Cascades National Park. Mountain School students come to the North Cascades for three days and two nights with their school class to learn about ecosystems, scientic investigation, geology and the natural and cultural history of the mountains through hands-on, experientialbased activities.

Rick Allen

for more info on how your childs classroom can experience the transformative effects of Mountain School, visit
North Cascades Institute offers Mountain School programs for upper elementary through high school students at our expansive Environmental Learning Center, a wilderness campus located on the shores of Diablo Lake that includes well-equipped classrooms and labs, a library and experienced staff and hike leaders. Mountain School students come with their classmates, teachers and chaperones to learn why Northwest mountains are important to our plants and wildlife, our rivers and sea, and our communities and cultures. A unique network of trails and shelters surrounding the Learning Center provides quick and easy access to the surrounding wilderness and incredible outdoor learning opportunities. Participants stay in guest lodges and fresh, delicious and nutritious meals featuring local, fresh foods are served in the lakeside dining hall. The multi-disciplinary Mountain School curriculum is aligned with Washington States EALRs and GLEs to better facilitate the integration of information learned at Mountain School into the classroom curriculum and into each students daily life. In addition to academic lessons, students develop important social skills and a sense of respect for one another and their surrounding environment as they live and work together in a cooperative community.


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Lodging for as many as 92 guests Delicious catering with local and organic foods Conference rooms, trailside shelters and a library Internet access, projectors and other supplies Naturalist-led activities like canoeing and hiking exclusive to your group Inspiring community, green facilities and sustainable practices
info, booking options and tour of the learning center at Call (206) 526-2565 for rates and availability
The Learning Center serves as a home base for North Cascades Institutes educational programs. However, as our calendar allows, we open our doors to welcome groups who want to experience the North Cascades through their own retreats and meetings. Conference fees help subsidize our youth education programs and scholarships for low-income participants.

Park Stores

When you explore the North Cascades this year, be sure to check out the visitor stores during your journey. Beginning in 2010, they are operated by North Cascades Institute in a new partnership with the National Park Service and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The stores are conveniently located within the North Cascades National Park headquarters in Sedro-Woolley (where youll also nd lots of information about enjoying public lands), the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount, Visitor Center in Newhalem, the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin and the Learning Center at Diablo Lake. At all of these diverse locations, staffed by knowledgeable naturalists and friendly rangers, youll nd books, maps, passes, trail guides, gifts, educational toys for kids, posters, postcards and other resources to help you explore, understand and enjoy the North Cascades. And youll be shopping for a good cause, too: your purchases will help fund North Cascades Institute education programs for young people on public lands.

Lara Swimmer

Catalog Credits

Editor: Christian Martin Designer: Jesse Kinsman Printing: Lithtex Northwest Il Bisonte School of Graphic Arts in Florence, Italy. In summer 2009, Thomas installed his mural for The Porch stage in Boulevard Park on the shores of Bellingham Bay. His work is featured at the New York Public Library, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, University of Washington Medical Center and elsewhere and has been shown in exhibitions all over the Pacic Northwest.

Cover Artist:

Cover art by Thomas Wood; View from Slate Peak, 2003, oil, 12 x 18 inches. Courtesy of Lisa Harris Gallery.

Artists and Photographers:
We are also grateful to have the opportunity to reproduce the artwork of Nikki McClure, Molly Hashimoto, Ruthy Porter and Melinda West, and the photography of Rick Allen, Benj Drummond, Kristen Gilje, Jude Kavalam, Jesse Kinsman, Scott Leppert, Lee Mann, Stephen McGehee, Lara Swimmer, John Scurlock, David Snyder, Mark Turner and Institute staff and graduate students. Copyright 2010 North Cascades Institute. All rights reserved. Art and photo copyrights remain with creators and are used by permission.
Born 1951 in Eastern Washington, Thomas studied ne art at Western Washington University and Fairhaven College in Bellingham. In 1976, he purchased an etching press and has been a working artist since. In spring 2000, he was a visiting instructor at

Carolyn Waters

Major Partners:
1. The traditional passing of the paddle, when the outgoing cohort of graduate students passes their journey on to the new cohort. Congratulations Kelly, Emily, Jenny, Aneka, Sara, Katie, Nora and Meghann! 2. Chip Jenkins, North Cascades National Park superintendent, David Hall, Henry Klein Partnership partner, Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light Superintendent and Saul Weisberg, North Cascades Institute Executive Director celebrate the Learning Centers LEED Silver and Designing & Building with FSC awards. 3. This catalog is dedicated to the memory of Jim Harris, a historian, conservationalist, storyteller and mentor to North Cascades Institute.

Hope to see you soon!

David Snyder


Flexible, affordable, enriching, fun: Base Camp is an exciting
new opportunity to explore and learn about the North Cascades from professional naturalists and instructors while enjoying the comforts of our campus in the heart of the national park. Everyone is invited to stay at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, for as many days and nights as youd like, on a space-available basis, during our peak summer season.
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