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May 13th, 2021

North Cascades Institute Reopens for Spring and Summer Programs!

When the coronavirus pandemic hit a year ago, North Cascades Institute was forced to close the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake and cancel most of its educational programs for the year. This meant no Family Getaways, Base Camps, Skagit Tours, or Field Excursions in North Cascades National Park.

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May 13th, 2021

Diablo Lake Boat Tours Start July 1st!

The adventure begins by boarding the Alice Ross IV this summer! Diablo Lake Boat Tours will be offered twice daily, Thursday through Monday, July 1 – September 6, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tours are approximately 1.25 hours. Twice daily, weekends only, September 11 – September 26, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Tours are approximately 1.25 hours.

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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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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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May 31st, 2018

Road Trip – From Mountains to Coast

The Pacific Northwest is filled with natural wonders, and Washington State, where I live, is a particularly amazing place.

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May 4th, 2017

From Mountains to Coast: A Spring Road Trip Through Skagit Valley

By Scott Kranz Something extraordinary happens when you join family or friends, jump in a vehicle, and hit the highway, looking for adventure along the open road.  Together you move at a new pace, talk freely and listen closely, and …

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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July 29th, 2015

North Cascades Night Sky Photo Tours and August Meteor Showers

Planning a road trip to Skagit Valley and the North Cascades National Park? How about a Night Sky Photo Tour?!

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May 7th, 2014

North Cascades Highway 20 Opens Thursday at Noon!

What are you waiting for?  The drive of your life is awaiting for you to start or end up here in Skagit County. Travel on the Cascade Loop can be a complete loop once again, when Highway 20 gates open this …