Center offers a winter wilderness escape

Published on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 by By Tara Nelson

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Those looking for a cure for cabin fever this winter need to look no further than their own backyard wilderness.

The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center near Lake Diablo offers several guided winter excursions. From snowshoeing to winter hiking to adult seminars and retreats such as their Sourdough Speaker series (last year’s program featured local brew masters Will and Mari Kemper, of Thomas Kemper Brewery, and photographer Lee Mann) the center offers a fun, educational escape from the winter blues. The following is a sampling of events:

Nooksack Snowshoe Excursion

Join wildlife tracker Dave Moskowitz of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on a day-long snowshoe trip February 20, focusing on winter mountain ecology, animal tracking and a briefing on the natural history of snow. Cost is $95.

Eagles and salmon of the Skagit

The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center has scheduled a second outing for their  “Eagles and Salmon of the Skagit” field excursion with Libby Mills for Sunday, December 19, after their Saturday, December 18, class was quickly booked to capacity.

Participants will examine the intertwined biology of salmon and eagles, their migratory patterns and the impacts they have on other flora and fauna.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Libby Mills Upper Skagit River Park. Cost is $95. To register, call 360/854-2599 or visit www.ncascades.org.