April prepares her green traffic light and all the world thinks go…”
– Christopher Morley
Better late than never, the April Photo Round-Up is finally here! While the early signs of Spring were upon us during the March Photo Round-Up, the season really took hold this year in April. The last several weeks has brought a healthy mixture of rain and sunshine, and the forest has exploded with greens of every shade. New leaves of Maple and Alder are rustling in the evening breeze, and butterflies and hummingbirds have returned to adorn the Spring foliage as they flutter and dance about the forest.
The North Cascades Institute has remained as busy as ever; Mountain School has been in full swing since early March, with over 100 local students joining us weekly. In addition, Forest School launched its first ever Spring Season this year, an exciting milestone for our day programming, and staff and graduate students have been gearing up for another busy Summer season.
The most important sign that Spring is quickly transitioning toward Summer was the opening of SR 20 over Washington Pass! This year was one of earliest openings ever, which allowed some of us to get out and play in the alpine snow, while others have been taking advantage of renewed access to the Methow Valley. If you haven’t been up to the mountains lately, take a look all of the fantastic pictures we accumulated last month, and let the beauty of our backyard inspire you to get out and see us soon!