March 2020 Photo Round Up!
Signs of Spring in the North Cascades
As everyone can agree, so very much has happened this month. Since we’re all hunkered down in our homes and neighborhoods practicing good social distancing behavior, it’s a great time for an Institute Photo Round-Up to show you what has been happening in the North Cascades and Skagit Valley! Please enjoy this peek into life at the Institute as we welcome the new season in our favorite place, the beautiful North Cascades.
In another blog post, our Learning Center staff have shared some Spring Observations from Lake Diablo about what has been happening in the natural world around the Learning Center.
Closing the Environmental Learning Center
Meanwhile back in Sedro-Woolley, things are getting nutty for our Retail staff as we hope for the seasonal re-opening of our gift shops in and around North Cascades National Park. Unpacking boxes and preparing new merchandise are a lot to keep up with! Visit us in one of our 6 shops later this year, and till then you can find unique gifts, North Cascades apparel, and a curated selection of books in our online gift shop.
Cohort 18 Graduation
Bundled up on a chilly day, a brave group gathered at Zuanich Point Park to honor the achievement of our 18th cohort of Graduate M.Ed. students finishing studies in environmental education. Our heartfelt congratulations go to Adam Brayton, Matt Ferrell, Nicola Follis, Spencer Gee, Dianna Green, Thumper Ormerod, Christine Sanderson, Chris Williams, and Carson Yach.
Getting Out on the Water
Mountain School Instructors Sarah, Bridget, Bre, Bernt, Alexa, Lindsay, and Emily took advantage of unexpected free time by setting out for a group paddle on Diablo Lake. Before going on furlough, they also created some wonderful Mountain School at Home lessons and activities for us to share. We hope these will inspire students of all ages to continue to learn about the natural world and discover new connections to the outdoors from home. Thank you, Instructors!
Working from home
The necessity of social distancing from colleagues comes with the silver lining of working in our slippers, home-cooked lunches, and being surrounded by our favorite human and non-human families.
Mount Baker Snow School: That’s a wrap!
Mount Baker Snow School was able to host almost all of its scheduled school sessions before coming to a close this Spring. If you missed it, this wonderful program was covered in the Skagit Valley Herald. Thanks to all our volunteer instructors and great partners, Northwest Avalanche Center, Mt. Baker Ski Area, and Western Washington University.
Thanks for coming along on this photo round up! As always, we invite you to share your own adventures with us—please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and your pics just might appear in our next round up!