March LOCAL’S Special


Local’s rate of $120/ night for two during the month of March! Includes dinner/dessert, breakfast, and a lunch packed to-go for the trails!

We had some local friends stay with us earlier this winter which made us realize how much fun we had when they were here.  We also want to make the Basecamp and Mazama trails more available to those already in the Valley for a local stay-cation.  Thank you Carolyn, Jocelyn, and Monika for the idea!  So, bring your sweet-heart, girl or guy friends, families, or nearby relatives for a night or two.  We’ll be in charge of meals (mainly made with local farm and Basecamp garden ingredients) so you can ski or snowshoe around Mazama, soak in the hot tub, enjoy an evening of stars around the campfire, relax with a good book or puzzle by the woodstove, and finish it off with a morning of yoga in the studio!

We are offering all this for a local’s rate of $120/ night for two, which includes dinner/dessert, breakfast, and a lunch packed to-go for the trails!   (Regularly priced as $195 for a weekend double occupancy lodge room and meals).  This is for local’s with a zip code of between Cartlon and Mazama.

Please check our availability calendar and reserve your room online here.  Write in LOCAL in the notes column for your discounted price.  Or call us at 996-2334, and we can set you up that way as well.

Offer good for the month of March, 2015 , based on availability.  Lodge room rates available for double occupancy; additional cost per person in larger rooms that sleep 3-4.   Book online (write in LOCAL in the notes column for your discount rate), email or call 509/996-2334 for reservations.

**Discount based on availability.  All other North Cascades Basecamp policies apply.  Lodging tax not included.

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Room One Bowl Painting

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at the North Cascades Basecamp’s Studio
this is a fundraiser for Room One

Paint a bowl this summer, support community health services in the Methow Valley!  Every year, Room One hosts bowl painting parties across the Valley. After you apply color and design, the bowls will be fired in a kiln and used at the annual Soup Dinner, a fundraiser to support the Methow Valley’s non-profit health and social service center, Room One.

See this video on Powerful Voices of the Room One Community

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Painting Balsamroot Landscapes

balsamroot_meadow_2013-smallJune 15th ; 10am-2pm
with John Adams, NW Watercolorist
in the Ecology Center Classroom at the North Cascades Basecamp. Mazama, WA

Join Northwest watercolorist John Adams for a day of painting spring balsamroot landscapes in the studio at North Cascades Basecamp in Mazama.  The day will include a demonstration painting and discussion of composition and color strategies. Participants can explore the concepts and techniques presented in the demo painting or bring an idea from a sketch or photo of their choosing. There will be plenty of individual instruction as each person works on their painting. J. Adams is a professional watercolorist, graphic designer, teacher and signature member of both the National and Northwest Watercolor Societies.

Retreat or 1-day class rates available

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Treasured Landscapes of the Methow Valley: A Hands-on Conservation- Education Experience

HartsPass_fall2012_B.Krausse_smIn Partnership with:  National Forest Foundation and the US Forest Service- Methow Valley Ranger District
July 28 -August 2, 2013
based out of the North Cascades Basecamp and the surrounding upper Methow Valley, WA

Join our volunteer team for a full week of exploration and education as part of the Treasured Landscape Initiative to restore and revitalize the Methow Valley landscape.   Participate in hands-on learning projects while enjoying the comforts of the North Cascades Basecamp, daily outings and service projects, evening presentations from local experts, and a week of camaraderie with fellow naturalists.   All meals and transportation included.

You will participate in the field and learn from local experts about the following Methow based projects and  :

  • Methow Beaver restoration
  • Wolverines of the Cascades
  • Wildflowers, plants and birds of the Eastern Cascades
  • Native plant restoration service project on USFS lands

Cost: $890 Shared room; $990 Private room

Daily outings and service projects also available for the public to participate during this Treasured Landscapes Initiative Week!

Click here to read more about the Majestic Methow and its Treasured Landscape Initiative in an article written by Solveig Torvik for The Methow Valley Grist.

To register for the 1)  week long Conservation~Education Experience, or 2) for a daily outing on the projects listed above, contact Kathleen Dowd-Gailey at (206) 832-8280, or see the National Forest Foundation’s website for more information.


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Butterflies of the North Cascades with Robert Michael Pyle

BOB PYLE UNRETOUCHED-1Instructor: Robert Michael Pyle
When: August 16-18th, 2013
Clock Hours available
at the North Cascades Basecamp and the surrounding upper Methow Valley, WA

The high valleys, slopes, meadows, and peaks of the North Cascades offer a great array of host plants and habitat for butterflies. Nearly one hundred species have been recorded in Okanogan County, and many of those may be found in season between the Columbia and the Crest in the Methow River drainage. In this class, we will go afield to seek as many as we can find, and discover how to find, harmlessly detain, and identify them,  while learning their lifeways, needs, and natural history.

The weekend of butterflies will begin the evening on Friday, August 16th at 4pm, and conclude after Sunday’s field trip at 2pm.   Two presentations by Robert Michael Pyle are included in the weekend’s activities.  Opening presentation titled “Monarchs in the Pacific Northwest” and Saturday’s evening instruction “Butterflies in the Landscape: Their Needs, Natural History, and Conservation”.

Workshop Cost
The weekend will include instruction, daily outings, two evening presentations, and 6 homemade meals made with local and organic ingredients at a rustic lodge in the heart of the North Cascades.  Locals rate includes presentations and dinners on both evenings, and no lodging.  Maximum 15 students.

$385/person shared room
$435/private room
$225/local rate includes dinner/dessert both nights (limited space)

To register contact Kim at the North Cascades Basecamp:  509/996-2334 or

Photo credit:  Eddie Rivers;  This photo of Robert Michael Pyle is copyright protected.


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Monarchs of the Pacific Northwest Presentation

Presenter: Robert Michael Pyle
When: August 16th, 2013
location of presentation TBA

Follow the magical monarch butterflies with Robert Michael Pyle through their life cycle.  $5/person

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Plein Air Watercolor Retreat with Maria Coryell-Martin

Instructor: Expeditionary Artist Maria Coryell-Martin
September 6th-8th
Clock Hours Available
North Cascades Basecamp and throughout the Methow Valley, WA




Workshop Description
Explore the summer landscape of the Methow Valley with expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin and learn techniques for painting expressive skies, wooded forests, and rocky peaks. The weekend will include outings, an evening presentation, and homemade meals with local ingredients. Course fee includes all lodging, meals, and a custom sketchbook. Locals rate includes dinner both nights and custom sketchbook.  All skill levels welcome!

Workshop Rate
$345/person shared room
$395/private room
$185/locals rate includes dinners (limited space)

Class size is limited to 14 participants.  For more information or to register, contact Kim at the North Cascades Basecamp  509/996-2334 or email

Read more about Maria’s 2011 workshop at the Basecamp and see photos on our blog:  Fall Colors:  Plein Air Watercolor Retreat 

Artist Bio

maria inactionMaria Coryell-Martin: I work in the tradition of traveling artists as naturalists and educators. Since 2005, I have focused on painting polar and glaciated regions where I have often collaborated with scientific teams. In the field, I sketch with ink and watercolor, and collect multimedia recordings to build my palette of place, a record of experience, climate, and color. I develop this work into studio paintings for exhibit as well as presentations and workshops for audiences of all ages to cultivate observation, scientific inquiry, and environmental awareness.

My interest in field art and science was first inspired by artists such as Edward Wilson in Antarctica, Emily Carr in British Columbia, Thomas Moran in the American West. It was further piqued by two summers with the Juneau Icefield Research Program (’99, ’03) and through my education at Carleton College (class of ’04) where I majored in studio art and painted in West Africa and the South Pacific. After graduation, I was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to travel around the world for one year to pursue my project, “Ties to the Land, Exploring Remote Regions through Art.” Since then I have continued to travel and paint through artist-in-residence and scientific opportunities. I currently live in Seattle with my husband Darin Reid, an independent web developer



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Mindful Movement Yoga and Rock Climbing Retreat

led by Mary Marmorstone and Quinn Brett
September 20, 21, & 22

Experience the majestic beauty of the Methow Valley and reconnect with the natural world with an adventurous spirit and peaceful mind.  Join us at the North Cascades Basecamp for a weekend of yoga, meditation and rock climbing. Explore the power of the mind-body connection, and how the practice of mindfulness can help you reach beyond your fears, connect with your environment and live more consciously.  Enliven your playful spirit as we root our feet in the earth, raise our arms to the sky and challenge our bodies through organic movement, on and off the ground. Whether you are new to rock climbing or an old pro, you can enjoy this exhilarating sport in a esteeming and supportive environment.


At the North Cascades Basecamp your comfortable stay will be all inclusive, with three meals a day of local and organic meals. Rooms are shared between three and four people, and private room may be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Register Before July 15th for the early bird special. All equipment rentals are included, or you may bring your own yoga mat, climbing harness and rock shoes. For more information, email the North Cascades Basecamp, or Mary at  Itinerary and more info on pricing to follow shortly.

IMG_3922Why does Yoga and Rock Climbing make a natural pair?  Seattle-based Yoga Instructor and climbers Mary Marmorstone says,

“It’s obvious that the yoga asana alone is complimentary to the movement and focus required to scale up a rock wall. The real treasure shared between yogis and climbers is the mind-body awareness and deepened relationship to our breath which unlocks the power in us to transcend tension, fatigue, fear, and doubt. Both practices can push us past self-perpetuating limitations we’ve created from our pasts, and awaken our entire bodies to experience the fullness of our existence.”

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2012-13 Winter’s Thursday Night Soup and Presentation Series

Every Thursday, December 20-February  28
5:30 dinner ; 6:00 – 7:30 pm
presentation at the North Cascades Basecamp in Mazama

The Basecamp is excited once again will offer homemade soup/bread dinners and naturalist presentations every Thursday night throughout the winter months. $10/dinner & presentation; 1/2 price for kids under 16.  EXCITING NEWS:  the presentations will be in our new refinished classroom! Here are the dates and topics for your calendar:

December 20
Dam Removal on the Elwha River
Rebecca Brown, Eastern WA University Ecology Professor

December 27
Washington’s Rare Carnivores (schedule change)
Scott Fitkin & John Rohrer, WDFW and USFS Wildlife Biologists

January 3
Meet Your Neighbors:  Native Insects and Pathogens of the MethowValley
Susan Prichard, University of Washington Forest Ecologist

January 10
Exploring Biodiversity: Argentina’s Big Wilds
Peter Morrison, Pacific Biodiversity Institute Executive Director

January 17
Treasured Landscapes & the Majestic Methow Initiative
Mike Liu  USFS District Ranger & Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, National Forest Foundation NW Regional Director

January 24
Drum Circle
Kip and Celeste Roberts, educators and Methow musicians

January 31
Pygmy Rabbit Recovery
Penny Becker, WDFW Research Scientist

February 7
Thoreau and Northwest Nature Writers

Peter Donahue, author and Pacific NW historian

February 14
Up Close and Personal with Cougars in the Methow
Rich Beausoleil, WDFW Bear and Cougar Specialist

February 21
Cascade Butterfly Project
Regina Rochfort, North Cascades National Park Science Advisor

emptynestersFebruary 28
Feathered Architects

Idie Ulsh, Master birder, former president of Seattle Audubon

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Winter Bliss Yoga and Ski Retreat

Emerge from hibernation this winter and warm up your body and soul with a rejuvenating yoga and Nordic ski adventure at the North Cascades Basecamp. Learn to love one of the best total-body, non-impact aerobic exercises with an experienced ski guide on the most beautiful groomed trail system in the Pacific North West! We’ll start each morning with a warming yoga sequence designed to hone in your sense of power and grace and develop the skillful weight transfer needed later in the day as you glide through the snow. Cozy up by the fire at the end of the day, soak in the outdoor hot tub, or unwind with a restorative yoga practice and guided relaxation. Return home feeling strong, connected to your center, and refreshed by the beauty of the North Cascades winter wonderland.

Registration Includes:

  • Yoga, meditation and guided relaxation provided each day by Mary Marmorstone

To Register visit   For more information or detailed itinerary please email

Mary Marmorstone BIO:

Mary is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor and has been teaching Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Therapeutic Yoga for the past 7 years. Mary’s connection to nature and love for outdoor adventure has been essential to her personal practice of yoga, health and happiness. She started skiing as a young child and has been passionately skiing downhill and backcountry terrain thorough her adult life. Mary recently discovered Nordic skiing as another challenging way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors during the winter. She works for Vera Whole Health as a Wellness Consultant and is a Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist and Health Fitness Specialist. Mary studies the mind-body connection and is passionate about helping people heal from chronic health conditions and live healthy and vibrant lifestyles.

Ski Instructor Bio: pending

The North Cascades Basecamp is located just out side of Mazama in the northern Washington’s beautiful Methow Valley. From Seattle, it is a 4 hour and 45 minutes scenic drive during the winter season. The Basecamp’s on-site trailhead provides out your door access to the 200+ km Nordic ski trail system maintained by the Methow Valley Sport Trail Association. Ski the Basecamp Trail up valley to the ski bridge over the Methow River and on to the Arrowleaf trails, or venture down valley to the Mazama Store and on to the Latte Loop. Enjoy hot drinks or sit by the warm fire at the Warming Hut at the Basecamp Lodge. The entire trail system is right there- the possibilities are endless!

Read more about the NCB here

Watch the Ski the Methow video and see a great video of our Fall 2012 Yoga and Rock Climbing Retreat at the North Cascades Basecamp.

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Feathered Architects: The Fascinating World of Bird Nests

February 28
with Idie Ulsh, Master birder, former president of Seattle Audubon
As part of the North Cascades Basecamp’s Winter Thursday Soup and Presentation Series.  5:30pm soup dinner in the lodge.  6:00pm presentation in the classroom.  $10 (1/2 price for kids under 16).
 From eagles to hummingbirds, Idie Ulsh will explore with us how and where birds make nests, and relate interesting facts about their construction.  She has photographed the nests of more than 30 species and done an extensive three year perusal of bird nest literature.  In addition to her own photos she will include photos from many excellent local photographers and University of Puget Sound Slater Museum in this unique program.

Idie Ulsh is well known for her bird and butterfly programs.  She is a WOS member, past president of Seattle Audubon, founding president of the Washington Butterfly  Association,  Seattle Audubon Master Birder, nature photographer and an independent college counselor.
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Winter Programs at the North Cascades Basecamp 2013


We have a great winter of activities planned to get us outside exploring nature, as well as cozy with friends by the fire learning from the experts.  On the poster, see the upper half that highlights our Thursday’s Soup & Presentation Series speakers; the lower portion highlights the winter’s Programs and Retreats.  Snow is here, and the winter season is upon us.  Happy Solstice everyone!

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The Cascade Butterfly Project

February 21
Regina Rochfort, North Cascades National Park. Science Advisor
As part of the North Cascades Basecamp’s Winter Thursday Soup and Presentation Series.  5:30pm soup dinner in the lodge.  6:00pm presentation in the classroom.  $10 (1/2 price for kids under 16).

CBP_VIPs23july2011_suak_mtn-small-001Volunteer Citizen Scientists are being recruited for the Cascades Butterfly Project, a long-term effort in six locations in the Cascades Mountains to help biologists identify and count subalpine butterflies. North Cascades National Park and Mount Rainier National Park are among the participating locations.

Subalpine meadows are projected to shrink dramatically due to the effects of climate change, but the rate and magnitude of this change are unknown. Butterflies make ideal indicator species because they are particularly sensitive to climatic changes, and are relatively easy to identify in the field by scientists and volunteers alike.

The Cascades Butterfly Project incorporates both inventory and monitoring. Inventories are being collected across the landscape as volunteers upload photos of butterflies from any of the six protected areas on the Butterflies and Moths of North America project website, which provides a means of mapping butterflies across North America, but also provides specific location selections to support the Cascades Butterfly Project.

Permanent transects to monitor changes in butterfly abundance and species diversity will be established in three areas: North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Along each transect, volunteers will record plants in flower and butterfly abundances.

To become a volunteer with the Cascades Butterfly Project, contact Jeff Anderson, North Cascades Institute Science Coordinator, at or 206-526-2574. Fourteen volunteers turned out for a recent training session in North Cascades National Park.

Six protected areas in the Cascade Mountains are collaborating on this new monitoring program: North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest, Skagit Valley Provincial Park, and Manning Provincial Park.

Monitoring protocols were developed by Dr. John McLaughlin of Western Washington University with funding from the Pacific West Region Natural Resource Preservation Program and Washington’s National Park Fund. Volunteer recruitment is led by the North Cascades Institute. High school field science teams from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry assisted in two years of field testing.

The Cascades Butterfly Project is modeled after the successful Rocky Mountain Butterfly Project, which began in 1997 and has since documented fluctuations in butterfly populations and is responsible for a 49% increase in the number of documented butterfly species in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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The Majestic Methow: Investing in a Treasured Landscape

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Treasured Landscapes & the Majestic Methow Initiative
Mike Liu  USFS District Ranger & Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, National Forest Foundation NW Regional Director


As part of the North Cascades Basecamp’s Winter Thursday Soup and Presentation Series.  5:30pm soup dinner in the lodge.  6:00pm presentation in the classroom.  $10 (1/2 price for kids under 16).

Surrounded by the glacial peaks of the North Cascades, and serving as the northern gateway to the vastness of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the Majestic Methow region is a place of superlatives in many aspects.  With its scenic beauty, wild rivers, recreation opportunities, wildlife populations, and forested landscapes, this truly is a majestic place.

As one of 14 Treasured Landscape sites in the nation, the National Forest Foundation has partnered with the Methow Valley Ranger District to invest in priority restoration projects that will maintain and enhance these spectacular values in the face of climate change, spread of invasive weeds, concentrated recreational use, and habitat changes.

Come hear about the identified restoration projects and how they can link with science, community connections and volunteer opportunities, and project-based learning for youth. The NFF and the USFS hope to work with the entire community to implement, learn, and benefit from these projects.  Join us as we invest together for the future.

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Fireside Drum Circle

January 24, 2013
Led by Celeste and Kip Roberts, environmental educators and Methow Musicians.
As part of our Thursday Soup Night and Presentation Series at the North Cascades Basecamp. 5:30 pm soup dinner, 6:00pm fireside presentation.  $10.00 to the public; 1/2 price for kids under 16.

kipncelesteCome dance and drum the night away when Celeste and Kip introduce us to the beat of their drums around the bonfire in the snow.  Help us celebrate the darkest days of the winter and the coming of light in the New Year with musical rhythms, the winter night sky, and the dance of the fire will surely inspire movement and song!

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Exploring Biodiversity: Argentina’s Big Wilds

January 10, 2013
by Peter Morrison, Pacific Biodiversity Institute Exec.Director
As part of the North Cascades Basecamp’s Winter Thursday Soup and Presentation Series.  5:30pm soup dinner in the lodge.  6:00pm presentation in the classroom.  $10 (1/2 price for kids under 16).

argentinaCome and be swept away into the Argentinian Andes! This presentation features photos and videos from recent expeditions in the Sierra de Famatina Valley and other biodiversity hotspots in Argentina. When you see the variety of cacti, the flamingos, and the vicuña, you might just be inspired to help PBI explore these wildlands!

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Bald Eagle Expeditions in the Methow Valley

January 13 & 27th, February 10 & 24th
with Kim Romain-Bondi and Catherine Means

Spend a half day with Kim and Catherine in the Methow Valley observing eagle behavior, learning about the ecology of eagles in the Methow Valley, and conducting surveys for eagle day and evening roost sites.  Snowshoes, spotting scopes, binoculars, and warm clothes recommended. Sign up now by emailing 1pm to dusk. $20/day; $50 for 3 or more days.

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Meet your neighbors: native insects and pathogens of the Methow Valley

January 3, 2013
by Susan Prichard, University of Washington Forest Ecologist
As part of the North Cascades Basecamp’s Winter Thursday Soup and Presentation Series.  5:30pm soup dinner in the lodge.  6:00pm presentation in the classroom.  $10 (1/2 price for kids under 16).

spruce_budwormRecent outbreaks of western spruce budworm, Douglas-fir tussock moth, and mountain pine beetle may seem like the work of exotic and invasive species.  However, these and other “forest pests” to be highlighted this evening are native species and have unique and important functions in mixed conifer forests of the Methow Valley.  We will discuss the forest ecology of the Methow Valley and roles native insects and fungi species play in low to high-elevation forests. Topics will include bark beetles, defoliating insects, root rots, and the impacts large and small disturbances on forest structure, landscape pattern, and wildlife habitat.

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Winter Wildlife Tracking

Saturday, January 12 , 2013
9am til 4pm with an optional evening session til 8pm
with Gabe Spence & Kim Romain-Bondi.

Weekend Workshop: A wintery landscape can seem quiet without spring bird song in the air or the fall rustling of leaves underfoot of a wary mammal.  However with a few techniques and basic skills, the winter world comes to life across the snowfields and through the forest in the Methow Valley.  Gabe and Kim will spend the day working on basic tracking and sign-reading skills, peering into the lives of wildlife through the signs they leave behind.  We’ll spend a bit of the morning in the classroom, but mostly have time in the great outdoors identifying and interpreting the behavior of animals as the day unfolds.  Field trip locations are to be determined; they will explore wildlife corridors and open space areas in the Winthrop to Mazama region.  All skill levels welcome.

Register through the North Cascades Basecamp at 509/996-2334, or email  Limited to 15 participants.

Cost:  $65/person includes slide show presentation in the evening; optional dinner at the Basecamp $12/person.

Interested in Wildlife Study Retreat for the weekend?  Join us for lodging, meals, hot tub, and two workshop classes focused on Wildlife Tracking and Bald Eagle Exploration in the Methow Valley.

Instructor Bios:

Gabe Spence
A position with the Pacific Northwest Research Station brought Gabe from Vermont to the West Coast, where he has worked as a wildlife biologist and tracker in both the private and public sectors. His work has ranged from tracking for environmental consulting firms to capturing Canadian lynx for the US Forest Service to monitoring Washington’s wolf packs.

Gabe led the Wilderness Awareness School’s Tracking Club for five years, eventually becoming their lead tracking instructor. His passion for wildlife tracking, which began at age 13, has taken Gabe across the West—including to Idaho and Minnesota, where he lead wolf tracking expeditions; and to California, where he helped design and launch the Shikari Tracking Guild for Jon Young’s Institute of Nature Awareness. Gabe has a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Unity College in Maine. He lives in Twisp with his wife and two daughters, both budding naturalists.

Kim Romain-Bondi
Kim is one of the owners of the North Cascades Basecamp, a family-run lodge in Mazama.  Her and her family have also invested their time into creating an Ecology Center here at the Basecamp, where their mission is “to inspire and cultivate connections to the natural world through art, education and field studies programs”.  Kim worked as the Senior Wildlife Biologist for Pacific Biodiversity Institute in Winthrop; she was employed for 6 years by Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife, several of which she worked as the Methow Wildlife Area Manager; she received M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Washington State University studying grizzly bears and sampling techniques in Washington, Idaho and Montana.  Kim has focused her career on threatened and endangered species, and hopes to continue working to protect wildlife and their habitat in the northwest and here in our own backyard.

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Thoreau and Northwest Nature Writers

February 7
Peter Donahue, author and Pacific NW historian
As part of the North Cascades Basecamp’s Winter Thursday Soup and Presentation Series.  5:30pm soup dinner in the lodge.  6:00pm presentation in the classroom.  $10 (1/2 price for kids under 16).

Thoreau-001Nearly all Northwest nature writers undertake at some point a Walden-like relation to the natural world.  They go to the woods (or perhaps an island in Puget Sound) to live deliberately, front the essential facts of life, and see if they cannot learn what it has to teach. Throughout their work, they combine a naturalist’s study of plants, animals, and geology with philosophical and political musings–combining a secular, nature-based gnosticism with environmental activism.  In “The Science of the Sublime: Thoreau and Northwest Nature Writers,” Peter Donahue considers the influence of Henry David Thoreau on Northwest nature writers from the mid-twentieth century to today.


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