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Snapshots of Paddling on the Skagit

February 11th, 2016 | Posted by in Graduate M.Ed. Program

While the Broncos and the Panthers were playing the biggest football game of the year, almost two dozen of us living in the upper Skagit valley traveled down the Skagit River. In our “paddling crew” included members from the Institute’s 14th and 15th graduate cohorts, North Cascades Institute Staff and students in the Remote Medical International class living at the Environmental Learning Center for a month or so. Here are a few of the best “snapshots” of our adventure down the Skagit from Marblemount to Rockport.


Making sure everything we wear is waterproof before hitting the water.


Our canoes ready for launch!

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Diablo Lake overlook, North Cascades Highway

The inside scoop on group rentals

May 26th, 2013 | Posted by in Institute News

So, what are Group Rentals?

Great question! In a nutshell, it’s a unique program that gives you the opportunity to create your own custom event at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

If you’re in search of a venue to host your next business conference, board retreat, wedding or most any other kind of gathering, the Learning Center is the perfect location. Our sustainable, Silver-LEED certified Learning Center is more than simply a place. It’s a retreat inside a national park, surrounded by snowcapped peaks, old-growth forests, glacial lakes, and a stunning display of biodiversity

learning center at night


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Remote Medical International: An Amazing Contributor to North Cascades Institute

March 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Life at the Learning Center

Assuming you studied the 2011 North Cascades Institute catalog closely, you may have noticed the lack of activities available at the Environmental Learning Center during the winter. As the studious person you are, the next obvious conclusion you would draw is that we close our doors, descend into hibernation, and wait for the snow to melt before inviting guests to join us again in the spring. However, all winter long, our campus is full of activity and guests.

In fact, on any given day, the Environmental Learning Center could be a scene of mass panic and chaos. You might see a dozen or more patients strewn about campus, screaming in pain, with an equal number of rescuers downing latex gloves, warm clothes, and nervous enthusiasm there to stabilize them.

WEMT students learn to improvise ways to transport patients out of the backcountry in makeshift litters.

Practicing newly learned wilderness medical skills, these victims and rescuers are all students in a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician  (WEMT) course held here by Remote Medical International (RMI) through North Cascades Institute’s Group Rentals Program.

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