Students from ages 14 to 22 can apply to spend time in the North Cascades with the North Cascades Institute. The program offers eight-, 15- or 31-day trips focusing on outdoor leadership, service, science, communication skills and public speaking.
Most of the courses are designed for students without previous outdoors experience.
The courses offered are:
Outdoor Leadership and Stewardship, ages 14 to 16, eight-day course, includes canoeing, backpacking, leadership, public speaking and communication skills, and trail and campground maintenance.
Science and Sustainability, ages 16 to 18, 15-day course, includes canoeing and backpacking, science monitoring and stewardship, leadership and public speaking skills, sustainability practices, and a final ranger program presentation.
Leadership Corps, ages 18 to 22, 31-day course, for students who are alumni of North Cascades or similar programs, includes more in-depth wilderness and leadership work.
Students work on backcountry trail maintenance and restoration work, and learn about natural resource management and careers in public lands. Includes an $800 stipend.
Applications for the program are due April 1. Get more information, including an application at ncascades.org/signup/youth. The fees for the classes are on a sliding scale and scholarships are offered. Scholarship applications are also available on the website.
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