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North Cascades National Park

Outdoor activities, scenic vistas, and educational opportunities abound. Stop by a visitor center and enjoy an interpretive talk or a walk with a ranger. Discover the animals of the park with bird and wildlife viewing. Put your boots to the trail on the various miles of hiking. Visit the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and stretch your legs at one of the stops along the scenic North Cascades Highway via car or bicycle. Have a picnic, or go camping with the family. Take a trip into the wilderness for a premier backpacking or climbing experience. Ride the Lady of the Lake to the historic and unique town of Stehekin in the heart of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Take a class from the North Cascades Institute at the new Environmental Learning Center. Go fishing in a lake or river. Perhaps, even take a rafting trip down a river! Have a horse? Stock are welcome on many of the trails.

North Cascades Institute

Since 1986, North Cascades Institute has facilitated hands-on learning at the confluence of natural and cultural history, science, humanities and the arts. We offer a wide array of opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and interests to get outside.

Whether it's a Family Getaway, art or natural history retreat, canoe or hiking adventure, youth program or a Skagit Tour, we're here to help you connect with your Wild Nearby in a lasting and meaningful way.

The Upper Skagit River is a great introductory whitewater trip which is often suitable for families and children at most flows, it's truly a mix between great natural scenery and whitewater. We have designed this trip as an instructional introduction, so the emphasis here is on teaching and learning rather than adrenaline filled whitewater. So if you have never been in a whitewater situation, it makes sense to take this trip first. This trip is considerably more tame than our power packed Sauk River Whitewater trip, but does have a section of nice rapids with big, fun waves. We encourage anyone who wants to get an introduction to whitewater, or who wants to learn more about the sport in a safe manner, to explore the upper Skagit River, there truly isn't a better introductory whitewater trip out there in Washington. ...

Join us for Alpine Adventures' tour of the wildlife-protected-section of the Skagit River. This river, from Marblemount to Rockport, is managed by a coalition of agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service, the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, Skagit County, and the Nature Conservancy. This ten mile tour includes rafting through the Bald Eagle Sanctuary.about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

North Cascades Conservation Counsil

Since 1957, NCCC’s top priority has been has been to protect public lands in the North Cascades by establishing the North Cascades National Park and adjacent Wilderness Areas. Thanks in large part to NCCC’s unremitting efforts over half a century, the map of the North Cascades looks far different now than it did in 1957 at NCCC’s founding, with vastly more areas protected by federal law.

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