Saturday, September 29 — Institute events in overdrive!

This Saturday, September 29, North Cascades Institute is either hosting or involved with not one, not two, but three special events in Seattle, the Skagit Valley and North Cascades. We invite you to join us where you see fit. Please read on for details!

Public reading of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail at the Conway Muse, 1-3 pm, SOLD OUT!

Private dinner and reading with Cheryl Strayed at Nell Thorn restaurant in La Conner, 5 pm, $100 tickets available at or (360) 854-2599.

North Cascades Institute is excited to welcome author Cheryl Strayed to the Skagit Valley on Saturday, September 29, for two fundraisers for Institute youth programs. Strayed will read from the best-selling book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, her powerful, blazingly honest memoir that was recently chosen as the first book in Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club 2.0.
In the afternoon, join us at the Conway Muse, a charming and eclectic venue inside a converted 1915 Scandinavian barn in the lower Skagit Valley, just minutes off of Interstate 5. Strayed will read favorite passages from Wild, answer questions and sign books. Wild, along with her new title Dear Sugar, will be available for purchase, along with lunch, beer and wine.
In the evening, you’re invited to join Strayed at a dinner engagement for a more intimate experience with this in-demand author. Nell Thorn restaurant in La Conner specializes in preparing meals in tune with the seasons, with an emphasis on delicious food, sustainable ingredients and nourishment.
Proceeds from both events will support North Cascades Wild, Mountain School and Cascades Climate Challenge, Institute programs designed to get kids outdoors in to the North Cascades for free or reduced cost. More info at

Fall 2012 Sourdough Speaker Series: “Edible Pacific Northwest” with Jill Lightner

Join us for a delicious night celebrating the tastes of the Pacific Northwest in the peak of fall harvest. Jill Ligtner, editor of the James Beard Foundation 2011 Publication of the Year Edible Seattle, has been a food writer for over a decade. She is passionate about the Pacific Northwest’s locally-sourced ingredients as well as its abundance of imported cultures.
“I want farmers to be as famous as rock stars,” Lightner says when discussing her work as editor and food writer. “Not just farmers—also fishers, food artisans, wine makers and brewers, bakers, cheese makers…you get the idea. My real mission is to promote sustainable food at all levels of our local economy: healthy farmland, rivers and oceans, lower use of fossil fuel, a living wage and safe working conditions for those in the food industry, and keeping as many dollars within the community as is feasible.”
Lightner edited the brand-new Edible Seattle: The Cookbook, a celebration of our region’s diverse, delicious and dynamic food culture. Brimming with tempting photographs, the cookbook features engage profiles of the people, places and ingredients that make our Pacific Northwest cuisine so unique, along with more than 100 recipes and valuable tips, techniques and ideas. Alongside famous culinary landmarks like the Pike Place Market, Volunteer Park Café, Le Gourmand and Theo Chocolate, Lightner profiles several of the fantastic producers from the Skagit Valley, including Bow’s Gothberg Farms, Skagit River Ranch, and Samish Bay’s Taylor Shellfish.
Our talented kitchen staff at the Learning Center, who share Lightner’s passion for local producers and sustainable agriculture, will create a special menu for this evening that utilizes the best the season has to offer. Expect fresh produce, healthful fare and exquisite tastes, as well as Lightner’s engaging stories about covering the Puget Sound’s food revolution of the past decade!
Register at or by calling (360) 854-2599.

Senator Jackson Centennial Celebration
Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Kane Hall, University of Washington

Join SCA, North Cascades Institute and the Jackson Foundation in celebrating the life and works of the late Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson and our young conservation leaders who carry on this legacy. We’re hosting a forum led by student leaders from SCA and Institute youth programs with a discussion panel that includes SCA’s founder Liz Titus Putnam. The evening will highlight the past connections, the present conservation efforts, and the goals for the future.
Senator Henry M. Jackson spent over 30 years of his life representing Washington State in the U.S. Congress. The list of Jackson’s contributions to the Pacific Northwest and our nation is long.
During his time of service, he crafted key pieces of legislation including the Wilderness Act of 1964 leading to the establishment and preservation of wilderness areas. He promoted legislation that led to the foundation of national parks, including North Cascades National Park and San Juan Island Historic Park, among others.
Jackson’s influence was not limited to the Northwest region. He ensured the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Public Lands for Parks Bill in 1969. He continued to support conservation efforts and investment in our youth when he later collaborated with fellow Washington State Senator Warren G. Magnuson to establish the Youth Conservation Corps, placing young Americans in conservation service opportunities in national parks and wilderness areas throughout the country.
Register online at
Questions? Call Shelley Green at 206-324-4649, ext. 4812

Leave a Comment