Saul Weisberg, Executive Director of North Cascades Institute, has been recognized for his national and regional leadership with two high-profile professional awards: The Association of Nature Center Administrators’ 2013 Nature Center Leadership Award and Re Sources’ 2013 Environmental Heroes Award.
Weisberg is the co-founder of North Cascades Institute, the award-winning conservation nonprofit organization founded in Washington State in 1986. The Institute, under Weisberg’s leadership, has served tens of thousands of people of all ages in outdoor programs focused on the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades and Salish Sea region. In 2005, the Institute opened the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, a $12 million educational facility operated in partnership with Seattle City Light and the National Park Service. Weisberg is noted for creating sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Western Washington University and numerous local and regional organizations and businesses.
The Association of Nature Center Administrators’ 2013 Nature Center Leadership Award was presented to Weisberg in front of his national peers at the Surf’s Up Summit in Newport Beach, CA, August 21-24, 2013. ANCA recognized Weisberg’s “professionalism and ability to inspire and share with others,” “selfless work done in the profession and community” and for “exemplary accomplishments and contributions to the field of nature center administration” for his guiding role at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park.
“He has been a great friend, advisor, mentor and inspiration,” noted a nominating peer. “I have been impressed by his ability to share his expertise with others in ways that are insightful, encouraging and supportive.”
The Re Sources 2013 Environmental Heroes Award, presented Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Bellingham, WA, recognized Weisberg as a local leader in conservation and education.
“We are delighted to honor Saul for his extraordinary achievements in protecting and promoting the health of the Pacific northwest environment,” boasts Crina Hoyer, Executive Director of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. “Saul has made huge contributions to the vision RE Sources and others share for our region. We at RE Sources support, applaud, and encourage more work like Saul’s.”
Weisberg is executive director and co-founder of North Cascades Institute. He is also adjunct faculty at Huxley College of the Environment and has served on the board of directors of the Natural History Network, the Environmental Education Association of Washington and the Association of Nature Center Administrators. Weisberg is the author of From the Mountains to the Sea, North Cascades: The Story behind the Scenery, Teaching for Wilderness, and Living with Mountains. A dedicated naturalist, Saul continues to teach and write about northwest mountains, watersheds and wildlife. He lives in Bellingham where his passions include canoeing, bugs and walking in the mountains in the rain.Photo by Benj Drummond.