Happy 30th Birthday Mountain School!

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Mountain School! Over the past 29 years, more than 30,000 youth from Northwestern Washington State have traveled up the Skagit River on Highway 20, past bald eagle sentinels and berry farms, to experience an unforgettable three days and two nights in the mountains with their school class, teacher and chaperones. Mountain School is offered every spring and fall in cooperation with North Cascades National Park to introduce students to the ecosystems, geology and natural and cultural history of the mountains that exist practically in their backyard.

We know from experience and interactions with 29 years of Mountain School alumni that his educational program has been a transformative experience for so many people in our community.

Students and teachers: Please share your memories and stories from Mountain School in the comments below!


  1. Terri Hawke

    As the first NCI Mountain School intern and later North Cascades National Park Mountain School instructor it warms my heart to know that something so amazing and impactful has continued for 30 years. My memories of cooking dinner in the army cook tents in the rain; the kids doing the evening play at the Newhalem amphitheater; the drive up to the Thunder Creek trailhead for the 3-mile hike into Neve Camp and back; the powerful connections with the students formed in just a couple of days; and all of the wonderful activities and smiles will stay with me forever. Heck, I think I still have some of our hand-drawn teaching tools around- I loved it that much! Keep up the excellent work my friends.

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