We'll show you our classroom, if you show us yours!
Following our winter break, the North Cascades Institute graduate students were stuck downriver by mudslides, avalanches and washouts. When the roads were cleared, we had one day to prepare for a weekend retreat with 40 apprentices, instructors and graduate students from two leading environmental educations centers in Western Washington.We shoveled walkways, cooked food, cleared trails and prepared the lodges at the Environmental Learning Center for their much anticipated arrival.
An introduction icebreaker….literally
It turned out to be a fabulous way for us to bring in the New Year with a housewarming party of 40 plus nature-loving educators!!!
Beautiful day for exploring; Colonial Peak in the background.
The 3rd annual Instructor Exchange between Wilderness Awareness School, Islandwood and North Cascades Institute proved to be during the sunniest weekend yet in Western Washington this winter. Luckily for all involved, the graduate students at North Cascades Institute made getting outside to explore and show off our “classroom” a top priority. Snowshoe adventures to the waterfall, stargazing strolls along the lake, snowy explorations to sunny vistas and of course the mandatory eagle watching on the Skagit made for a fantastic weekend.Besides showing our guests the best of what winter in the North Cascades has to offer, we enjoyed communal meals and late night campfires, sharing songs, stories, experiences and fun.
Snowshoers on the way back down from the waterfall
In a few weeks Wilderness Awareness School and Islandwood will be returning the favor by hosting all instructors and graduate students at their facilities.We hope to continue fostering these new friendships, learn fun fresh teaching tricks, share inspiration and focus our positive energy on the mission of conservation through education.
Spotting Eagles on the Skagit River
Special Thanks to Nate Summers of Wilderness Awareness School and Soren Burns, Greg Schayes and David Cook of Islandwood for help in organizing this great exchange of knowledge and friendship.Photo Credits: Snowshoeing pictures by Jenny Frederick Spotting Eagles and Icebreaker by Meghann Willard Colonial Peak by Aneka Singlaub