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At the center of our beliefs, here at the North Cascades Institute is the idea that connection to the natural world develops in many ways. Connection can happen through the lens of natural history and scientific exploration, as well as through shared experiences, feelings and fond memories made in those places. So for this week’s winner of the #NorthCascadesLove contest, we had to choose two women who perfectly captured these different lenses to appreciate the natural world with—and they also happen to be sisters! Congratulations to @rmryan0530 and @rryan813! “I love the North Cascades because look at the water! And because science! I love that the Thunder Creek watershed has the largest concentration of glaciers in the lower 48. I love that those glaciers mean Thunder Creek has glacial flour suspended in the water. And I love that that gives Thunder Creek and Diablo Lake such a beautiful turquoise color. Because science.”—@rryan813 “I love more things than I can say about the North Cascades. The water. The mountains. The trails. The views. The sunrises and the sunsets. But maybe most of all I love the memories that I have here of my friends and family; the trails, the views, the sunrises and sunsets that we saw together. Even when we are far apart, those North Cascades memories stay close.” —@rmryan0530 There is still time to enter, head to https://ncascades.org/love for more info.
How do you connect with nature? Through writing, drawing, sitting, listening, taking photographs? There are countless ways to experience a place. Our creative resident, @drawntohighplaces uses watercolors to interpret this amazing landscape. Her art is also featured on our trucker hats you can win by entering our photo contest. For more info head over to our website. (Link in bio) #northcascadeslove
With winter approaching, check out our latest blog post, “Snow: Embracing the Unknown” (link in bio) by grad student @_amieamy. Find out how Amy, a sunny California resident, adapted to the snowy, rugged landscape of the North Cascades and decided for her natural history project to embrace snow and research how some animals like the ermine, adapt and live in the nivean environment.
Beautiful photo from @dontworrybehaury of Ross Lake from the Desolation Peak trailhead. Desolation Peak lookout is quite popular because beat poet, Jack Kerouac stayed there for a summer back in 1956, which helped to inspire some of his books like, Desolation Angels and The Dharma Bums.
Today was the final day of Painting the Peaks - a weekend watercolor class taught by Nikki Fumkin, @drawntohighplaces. We are so excited to host Nikki for the next couple of weeks through our Artist in Residency program. Swipe right to see the beautiful work from class participants > . See our story for more scenes from this and previous Painting the Peaks weekends. . Don’t forget to take a photo with our #northcascadeslove sign for a chance to win a trucker hat with Nikki’s art - we are giving away 1 per week this month!! Link to learn more in our bio. . #watercolor #watercolorpainting #workshop #artclass #retreat #natureart
It’s the last official weekend of summer! Remember to print out our “I love the North Cascades” sign and post your weekend adventure pics with #northcascadeslove. Tell us why you love the North Cascades to be entered in our photo contest where you could win a hat featuring the art of @drawntohighplaces . Head over to our website for more details. (Link in bio) Happy adventuring!! 📸: @scott_kranz
Almost time for the turning of the larches, hot drinks on the trail, dusting off of your winter gear and witnessing the transformation of this amazing landscape. Fall is on the way. What’s your favorite thing about fall in the North Cascades? 📸: @thaisbeli
Our latest blog post, “Spraying in North Cascades Forests” (Link in bio) by grad Gina Roberti follows her personal journey of researching the use of forest chemicals on public and private forest lands in the Pacific Northwest. Spraying of forest chemicals—herbicides, pesticides and fungicides—is a common, if not ubiquitous practice in the commercial forestry industry, but is not often discussed.
We are pleased to announce our next #NorthCascadesLove contest winner is @SkyeMomma! She fell in love in the North Cascades and with the North Cascades, what a sweet and sincere story—thank you for sharing with us! We will be announcing three more winners this month, so now is the time to engage! Head to ncascades.org/love for the full scoop!
Happy #wildlifewednesday! Amazing photos from @izadventuring of two black bears playing up in the mountains. Seeing wildlife is always a special treat and remembering to be be bear aware is important. Tips on bear safety: Be a noisy hiker. Give bears space. Respect a bear’s meal by staying away from dead animals. Keep a clean camp. Following these tips will keep both you and bears safe and can lead to amazing encounters like this one!!
Last week the 17th M.Ed Cohort stopped by our Sedro Woolley office before heading out on their “transition trek” to Shaw Island. They have completed their 9 month residency at the North Cascades Institute Environmental Learning Center and will begin classes at Western Washington University at the end of September. We are sad to see them go, but excited to see what the future holds for these exceptional educators.
“When a fraction of difference in compass bearing can lead to success or undoing, what had guided us across an unknown landscape, and with such great accomplishment?” An excerpt from our latest blog post, “Evidence in the Indistinguishable: Wayfinding Techniques of Earth’s Organisms,” (Link in bio) by grad student Zoe Wadkins. Make your way to our blog to learn more about wayfinding techniques employed by human, avian, aquatic, and mammalian species of Earth.
“Woke up to the soothing sound of rain on a steel roof, and arrived at the learning center just in time for the fog to slip off the top of Elephant Butte. It feels like fall in the North Cascades. Bring on the mushrooms, golden larches, and rain boots.” 📸: @upriveracres
Fall is on its way, but we aren't ready to say goodbye to summer! To encourage everyone to get out there and take advantage of these last few summer days, we've decided to choose 4 people for this month's round of #NorthCascadesLove photo contest winners! Now is the time to join in—head outside, snap a photo, tell us why you love the North Cascades and one of these hats featuring the beautiful art from Drawn to High Places could be yours!
Did you miss out on our Family Getaways this summer? Did you have such a blast at the Family Getaway you attended that you want to come back for more? Well you are all in luck, we still have one more Family Getaway this year and there is space for you and your family to join. Extend your Thanksgiving plans with your family this year by going us for our final Family Getaway of the year—Friday, November 23rd-25th at the Environmental Learning Center! Head to our website for more information! #northcascades #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascadesinstitute #washington #wanderwashington #explorewashington #pnw #pnwonderland #pnwphotographer #ourpnw #pnwnatives #pnwdiscovered #ourwild #nationalparkgeek #nationalparklife #getoutstayout #findmeoutside #optoutside #family #familygetaways #vacation #environmentaleducation #environment #learning #teachoutside #northwestisbest #upperleftusa
Who got out for the long and rain free weekend?! Don’t forget to post your epic photos with #northcascadeslove to be entered in our photo contest. Strike a pose with our “I love the North Cascades sign” and tell us why you love this amazing place! Head over to our website for more contest info. (Link in bio)📸: @sarina_clark