Hawkwatching at Chelan Ridge Hawk Watch Station, September 20-21

Each autumn, thousands of hawks, eagles and falcons cruise along a high ridge perched above Lake Chelan on their way to winter territories. This year, during the peak of migration, you can witness this amazing spectacle by joining biologists from the US Forest Service, HawkWatch International and the North Cascades Institute for a September weekend of birding.

You will learn all about raptor biology and hone your identification skills by assisting researchers spot raptors as they fly overhead. The field station also bands hawks in order to gather information on bird populations, movements and survival, providing participants the rare opportunity to get a close-up look at these magnificent birds.

Additionally, we’ll take some time to explore the surrounding ridge tops and learn about the ecology of this remote area. When the sun goes down, we’ll have a communal dinner and camp out under the stars.

Register at http://ncascades.org/signup/programs/citizen-science-bioblitz-hawkwatching-at-chelan-ridge or (360) 854-2599.

We were thrilled to have at least one member from each of the 14 cohorts of students that have graduated from the North Cascades Institute Graduate M.Ed. Program up on Diablo Lake last weekend for our first-ever reunion! Thanks to everyone who traveled from near and far to gather together in the North Cascades to celebrate each other, as well as Professor John Miles’ retirement.

Learn more about this unique graduate program that offers a 1-year residency in North Cascades National Park and a Masters of Education degree from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University at http://ncascades.org/study.

Read about John Miles' long, distinguished career at https://huxley.wwu.edu/john-miles-profile. Photo by Benj Drummond.

LOVE on Ross Lake with Youth Leadership Adventures students! #northcascades #ncascades #nationalpark #rosslake #stewardship #leadership #love #nature #sunset

Join North Cascades Institute this weekend at amazing Maple Pass during peak wildflower season for a Citizen Science BioBlitz: Maple Pass Plant Inventory!

We’ll begin Sunday at the Learning Center with dinner and an evening presentation to learn about the native plants and animals that inhabit our local alpine areas, with an overnight stay in our guest lodges. The following day, we’ll hike into the mountains to lend a hand with some ongoing inventory and stewardship projects at this stunning destination.

More Info and registration at http://ncascades.org/signup/programs/citizen-science-bioblitz-maple-pass-plant-inventory or (360) 854-2599. A commuter rate for people who prefer to camp on their own is available. 

Learn more about our ongoing stewardship efforts in this well-loved, well-used area on our blog at http://chattermarks.ncascades.org/naturalist-notes/summertime-stewardship-on-maple-pass-join-us/

Photo by Andy Porter Photography

North Cascades National Park biologist and Institute instructor Roger Christophersen interviewed by a TV crew on Diablo Lake at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. The topic was “how is wildlife in the Pacific Northwest impacted by climate change?” Roger’s the right person to ask! The show they were filming for is called “Rock The Park” and will be airing on the CW network beginning this October.

Scenes from North Cascades Institute’s Poetry Ramble at Hart’s Pass, August 1-3, 2014. Led by poet Tim McNulty and Institute founder and executive director Saul Weisberg, this field excursion included the practice of working in field journals, wildlflower and butterfly appreciation, sketching, hiking and, of course, composing poetry in the North Cascadian high lands!

Photos by Lee Whitford

"This was THE BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE!," explains Youth Leadership Adventures student JJ Doria in the introduction to his awesome new video from his Youth Leadership Adventure trip on Ross Lake with North Cascades Institute

Bellingham REI staff recently met with the North Cascades Institute Youth Leadership program on Ross Lake. Significant stewardship karma was earned by everyone paddling 16 miles one way to the work site, over 32 miles round trip. Road access is not an option on Ross Lake. The project focused on restoring Native Riparian Sedges and Rushes along the banks of Ten Mile Island. By the end of the project over 200 plants were placed along the shores by our crew of 20 volunteers. 

More photos by Jesse Kennedy at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.697025437018634.1073741835.182226858498497&type=1

Favorite photos from our June 19-26 Youth Leadership Adventure trip on Ross Lake in North Cascades National Park! View more at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ncascades/sets/72157645436983814. Learn about this unique backcountry program at www.ncascades.org/youth.

We are thrilled that the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center has been included on the "Great Getaways Northwest Lodges" list in ParentMap magazine! To be included on a list that features the famous lodges at Crater Lake, Paradise at Mount Rainier, Lake Quinault and Kalaloch, Timberline at Mount Hood and others is both humbling and inspiring.

“One of the most educational places for families to stay in the Northwest, North Cascades Institute combines rustic mountain eco-lodging with nature programming in the heart of North Cascades National Park on stunning Diablo Lake.”

North Cascades Institute invites you, your friends and family to experience this Northwest treasure. Upcoming programs at the Learning Center include:

Fourth of July Family Getaway: July 4-6
Lichens of the North Cascades: July 11-13
Mid-July Family Getaway: July 18-20
Late-July Family Getaway: July 25-27
Dragonflies of the Methow: August 10-11
Mid-August Family Getaway: August 15-17
Maple Pass Plant Inventory: August 17-18
The Budding Naturalist 101: September 26-28

Details and online registration for these and other offerings are at www.ncascades.org/get_outside or by calling (360) 854-2599.

We also offer Base Camp throughout the summer, where you can come up to the Learning Center on your own schedule, exploring the North Cascades at your own pace while enjoying comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and engaging naturalist-led learning adventures. Details at www.ncascades.org/signup/programs/base-camp.

Hope to see you in the mountains this summer!

Mt Baker ice. Photo by Ethan Welty. #mtbaker #glacier #ice

A perfect spring day in the North Cascades! Diablo Dam, Pyramid Peak, the Skagit River….spillway open to make room in Diablo Lake for summer snowmelt.