Join North Cascades Institute for fun, interpretive tours of the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Upper Skagit Valley this summer. Now registering for Diablo Lake Boat Tours and Skagit Power Tours: !

Two great readings at Village Books in Fairhaven in our “Nature of Writing” series this Saturday: Hannah Viano shares her new book “S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet” at 11 am and local poet and Institute instructor Holly Hughesreads from “Sailing by Ravens” at 7 pm; awesome NW books, free events!

Read reviews of both in this week’s Cascadia Weekly

Excited to announce our 2014 Sourdough Speaker Series spring lineup! Join us in the North Cascades in May for a special meal and presentation with The Galloping Gourmet, or for a “Microbrews and Mountain Photography” with Icicle Brewing Company and Garrett Grove. Details at 

Each Sourdough event begins with wine and hors d’œuvres on the deck of our lakeside dining hall before moving inside for an informal gourmet dinner of primarily 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 morning’s continental breakfast, we’ll offer a naturalist-led activity to get you outdoors exploring our wild and scenic neighborhood.

The cost for each event is $150 per person based on double-occupancy. All proceeds from these engagements benefit summer youth activities in the North Cascades, so eat, drink and be merry for a good cause!

Register at or by calling (360) 854-2599.

Beaver at Red Tail Reach on Whatcom Creek, Bellingham. Photo by Andrew Reding:

Nice camouflage! Do you know the species? #birding #naturequiz

North Cascades Institute is excited to announce that our full slate of 2014 Learning Center Classes and Field Excursions are now online and open for registration! Highlights include Exploring Yellow and Jones Islands by Boat and Boot, Mountain Photography and Microbrews, Landscape Watercolors in the North Cascades, Wild Eats from Land to Sea in the San Juan Islands, Mount Baker: Discovering Hidden Cinder Cones and Crater Lakes, Wild Poetry at Hart’s Pass, In the Company of Corvids: Ravens, Crows and Jays and more than two dozen other exciting, hands-on learning adventures.

Full list at
Download a beautiful 2014 calendar poster here.

Please call (360) 854-2599 or email for more information and to register.

"Midair food fight between adult and immature bald eagles

The immature got the bird, the adult swooped in. They wrestled over the carcass in midair, splitting it, then each ate its portion. Semiahmoo County Park, Blaine, WA.”

© 2014 Andrew A Reding:

Institute staff meeting at Blue Lake last fall. Not a bad office!

Chunks of ice float on Diablo Lake in the shadow of Colonial and Pyramid Peaks. Photo by Katie Komorowski. #northcascades #northcascadesinstitute #diablolake #ice (at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center)

Ruby-crowned kinglet on Whatcom Creek. Photos by Joe Meche

North Cascades Institute - Interview on KISM in Bellingham

Outreach coordinator Codi Hamblin chats on-air about North Cascades Institute’s spring and summer offerings.

Getting ready for a busy, fun summer of conservation education and adventure in the North Cascades, our Program Team spent a day canoeing and bonding on the lower Skagit River.