Institute staff logged many miles on trails all around the North Cascades this month, with the dusty boots and sunburned ears to prove it. This group has not wasted the summer’s sunny opportunities to gain elevation, jump in lakes, and feel that breathtaking feeling … you know the one, feeling so small out there on a mountaintop, and at the same time, too big to fit inside your own skin.
Youth Leadership Adventures 2020
Youth Leadership Adventures wrapped up their final two sessions of day programs for local high schoolers this month. In addition to at-home activities, students enjoyed kayaking at Marine Park, Larrabee State Park, and down the coastline towards Chuckanut Bay. Along the way they learned about the geology of the Chuckanuts, and the birds, sea stars, and marine mammals of our local waters — all while having thought-provoking conversations about climate change. Way to go, YLA team and students!
On mountain tops and trails, Institute staff had amazing encounters with the 4-legged residents of our beloved North Cascades. Surely, eyes got a little wider and hearts thumped a little faster for both the human and more-than-human parties in these encounters!
This time of year, it seems that anywhere you turn in the North Cascades you’re greeted by a carpet of beautiful wildflowers giving the world their best colors. Admired singularly or by the thousands, they might be our favorite part of hiking on summertime trails.
Several members of the Institute’s Marketing team had the same idea this month, hopping out to the San Juan Islands for a little rest, recharge, and recreation on the Salish Sea. From secluded beaches and hidden coves, to rare prairies and Garry oak woodlands, the unique ecosystems offered up in the island archipelago make for a rewarding nature-lover’s retreat.
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