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North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

1940 Diablo Dam Rd
Diablo, WA 98283

Phone: 206-526-2599
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North Cascades Environmental Learning Center

The Learning Center is a hub of discovery for all ages in one of the wildest, most biologically diverse landscapes in North America. Here you can explore cascading streams and pristine peaks, wildflower meadows and old-growth forests, and a rich Northwest history that includes more than 8,000 years of Native American culture. Better still, you can join a community – expert teachers, intriguing new friends – dedicated to the idea that learning together inspires stewardship.

North Cascades Institute operates North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in partnership with the City of Seattle and the National Park Service. Modeling earth-friendly design and operations, the tree-sheltered campus features 16 buildings clustered on the north shore of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park.

Facilities include:

Multimedia classrooms, a research library and aquatic and terrestrial labs
Overnight lodging for up to 92 participants, plus housing for graduate students and staff
A lakeside dining hall with a recycling/composting center
An amphitheater, outdoor learning shelters and trails leading into the surrounding wildlands
A dock on Diablo Lake for paddling adventures
ADA-accessible facilities and pathways


Located along State Route 20 three hours northeast of Seattle, the Learning Center provides access to destinations east and west of the Cascade Crest, from the pine-studded sagelands of the Columbia Plateau to Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands. And right out the front door, people need only grab a paddle or lace up their boot strings to head into the wild North Cascades.