North Cascades Institute

Mission: North Cascades Institute seeks to inspire a closer relationship with nature through direct experiences in the natural world. Our mission is to conserve and restore Northwest environments through education. Since 1986 we have helped connect people, nature and community through science, art, literature and the hands-on study of natural and cultural history. Our goal is to help people of all ages experience and enjoy the mountains, rivers, forests, people and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest – so all will care for and protect this special place.

North Cascades Institute is committed to innovation and excellence in environmental learning and leadership in the nonprofit community. We believe that sustainable communities are built on healthy environments, vibrant economies and social equity. Toward that end, four key themes run through all our programs:

  • The convergence of natural and cultural history, science, humanities and the arts
  • Human history as integral to the history of landscapes and wild lands
  • Respect among individuals and the broader community
  • Exploration, reflection and stewardship in the out-of-doors

Arts/Humanities/Science Programs:

We are interested in establishing some form of a long-term literary project based at the Learning Center that incorporates residencies, archiving, sharing and the humanities-science synergistic connection.

The next steps are to 1.) find out what long-term field studies the NPS is currently working on (glacial monitoring, rare carnivore monitoring, water quality and native fish population studies) and inquire with the study leads as to their interest in working with us to bring artists/writers in to the field with them, 2.) identify potential nearby long-term sites that would be ideal for writers/artists to visit repeatedly over the long-term.


Contact person:
Christian Martin
Communications Coordinator
North Cascades Institute
810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
(360) 854-2587 /<>