Cascadian photos & art from the Institute's archives. More info at ncascades.org.
Slivers of winter have been creeping into my head, not long now, not long at all. Photo: Garrett Grove
Our fall hawkwatching class at Chelan Ridge Hawk Watch Station!
photos by: Katie Roloson
Anna’s Hummingbird catching the October sunlight in Bellingham. Photos by Joe Meche.
Institute instructor Todd Horton’s dynamic exhibition of breathtaking paintings is hanging at Smith-Vallee through 10/27— what a great excuse to get down to sunny Edison this weekend!
We are relieved that the 16-day federal government shutdown is finally over and we are able to reopen the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center again.
The closure of North Cascades National Park forced us to cancel four different Mountain School sessions, impacting more than 300 students, teachers and parent chaperones. (You can read about how Bellingham 5th graders from Wade King Elementary felt about having their Mountain School cancelled on our blog athttp://chattermarks.org/institute-news/mountain-school-cancellation-reactions.)
The dysfunction in Washington D.C. also meant that we had to furlough nine staff members; shut down our five bookstores; cancel a nature journaling class, a luncheon for Skagit Tours, a yoga retreat and two Group Rentals contracts for staff retreats; and cancel or return food deliveries from local farms.
All in all, we estimate that we’ve lost $65,000 in revenue over these past two weeks.
But the shutdown is over now, the park and Learning Center reopened, and we’re looking for ways to bring the disappointed 5th graders up to Mountain School later this season. As a friend of ours pointed out, “Our children need our parks and our parks need our children.”
Plus, the sun is out, there is new snow on the peaks and the larches on the eastslope and vine maples to the west are in glorious fall color!
Thanks for your continued support.
Photo by Ethan Welty.
North Cascades Institute director ‘fell in love with the place.’ Read a profile of our executive director Saul Weisberg in the Skagit Valley Herald!
Backpacking Copper Ridge and the Chilliwack Valley in the North Cascades. Photos by Andy Porter. Read a trip report and see more photos on our blog at http://chattermarks.ncascades.org/adventures/backpacking-copper-ridge-the-chilliwack/
The Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Neighborhood Kids Project — a collaboration between North Cascades Institute, Catholic Housing Services, the US Forest Service and the Mount Vernon Police Department designed to engage young people from one of the Skagit Valley’s most diverse neighborhoods — visited Bow Hill Blueberries yesterday to pick blueberries and learn about organic farming!