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Top 8 Things to Do in the North Cascades
May 12th, 2021

Top 8 Things to Do in the North Cascades

“Top 10 lists” make me a little crazy. What I really like to do is leave the trail behind at some point, find a secluded spot where I can set up a good “Leave No Trace” camp, and use this …

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Explore Skagit Valley and Find Your Flow
December 29th, 2020

Explore Skagit Valley and Find Your Flow

From the North Cascades, follow the Skagit River through the Skagit Valley to the Salish Sea.  Explore Skagit Valley and Find Your Flow!

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All the Fall Feels on the Skagit Valley Harvest Loop
November 2nd, 2020

All the Fall Feels on the Skagit Valley Harvest Loop

Fall is here and I’m so happily embracing crisp mornings, fuzzy sweaters, and pumpkin lattes. If you’re looking for the perfect fall day trip from Seattle; look no further than the lovely Skagit Valley. Just an hour north of downtown; the Skagit Valley Harvest Loop has all the pumpkins, autumn leaves and hot apple cider you could want this season! Take the family, take a friend, take a date; this is truly fun for everyone! I recommend the following seven stops in order, but there are more farms and shops along the way!

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Skagit Valley Birds of Winter 2020
October 16th, 2020

Skagit Valley Birds of Winter 2020

Human movement may have been restricted this year, but birds are still migrating. When the snow geese begin to return to the Skagit Valley each year it’s as if old friends are coming to visit. Every year, I like to note the first day I see snow geese. In 2019 it was October 3rd. This year I was out of town when a friend texted me that they had started arriving – on October 1st, but I have not yet had the opportunity to see them. Just knowing they are arriving, though, is comforting. Soon I will hear them flying over my house.

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Celebrate the Skagit Valley Harvest – Safely!
September 29th, 2020

Celebrate the Skagit Valley Harvest – Safely!

The Valley has big open spaces to enjoy the beauty of fall and the cornucopia of the harvest.  Our favorite fall harvest are pumpkins!  From the Giant Pumpkin Contest to our fields of pumpkins, we have the perfect pumpkin for you! We know that your trick-or-treating will be a different experience this year, but carving pumpkins at home and displaying them is a safe tradition to continue.

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Spend the Day Shopping Farmstands!
August 10th, 2020

Spend the Day Shopping Farmstands!

The beautiful, bountiful Skagit Valley is a mecca for any food lover like me. Just over an hour north of Seattle, this area is scattered with darling fresh farm stands, big and small, ripe with fruits, vegetables, eggs, flowers, cheeses, and more.

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Farmstand Fresh Connects You to Chefs and Farmstands!
July 10th, 2020

Farmstand Fresh Connects You to Chefs and Farmstands!

Genuine Skagit Valley has teamed up with farm stores and chefs to offer some virtual kitchen inspiration! Shop at a participating stand and sign up for a free 15-minute Zoom session provided by a local chef. Glean cooking and preserving tips for your fresh farmstand foods while also qualifying to win a $25 gift certificate.

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Skagit Valley During the Coronavirus Pandemic
May 7th, 2020

Skagit Valley During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We missed you this year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We hope to see you next year!

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Skagit Valley Delivery, Take-out & Curbside Pickup
March 24th, 2020

Skagit Valley Delivery, Take-out & Curbside Pickup

Many of our Skagit Valley restaurants and breweries are offering delivery, take-out and curbside pickup.  Please support our local businesses! RESTAURANTS Anacortes: Adrift Restaurant – Take-out and Curbside Pick-Up – (360) 588-0653 Anacortes Pizza Factory – Take-out and Delivery- 15% …

Winter Migration of Bald Eagles – Skagit Eagle Festival
January 7th, 2020

Winter Migration of Bald Eagles – Skagit Eagle Festival

Skagit Eagle Festival is a month-long celebration during the eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. Activities take place in Concrete, Rockport, and Marblemount every full weekend in January. Please note that some activities are repeated each weekend, on both Saturday …

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Seasonal Changes on the Confluence: A Year in the North Cascades
May 3rd, 2019

Seasonal Changes on the Confluence: A Year in the North Cascades

This article was written by North Cascades Institute M. Ed Alumni Brendan McGarry recording the seasonal changes he experienced during his year in residency in the North Cascades. Far up the Skagit River, the Confluence property, a plot of land …

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North Cascades Institute hosts free 30th Anniversary Picnic on Diablo Lake, July 17
May 18th, 2016

North Cascades Institute hosts free 30th Anniversary Picnic on Diablo Lake, July 17

What national park holds more glaciers than any other landscape in the lower 48, is the second most biodiverse national park in the country, is home to rare wolves, grizzlies and wolverines, and boasts one of the densest ancient forests …

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Free Guided Tours at Marblemount Fish Hatchery
August 7th, 2013

Free Guided Tours at Marblemount Fish Hatchery

UPDATE:  Tours are not being offered at this time. Please visit the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife for the latest hours. Free guided tours of the Marblemount Fish Hatchery are offered 10 am to 3 pm every Saturday and …