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It’s mushroom season in Cascadia! Cohort 14 from our Graduate M.Ed. program learned how to identify our fungal friends this week at the Learning Center with mycologist Lee Whitford, who is leading a sold-out Field Excursion tomorrow at Baker Lake. Are you finding mushrooms where you live, and if so, what kinds?

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We have never been more happy to see rain falling from the sky! The North Cascades Environmental Learning Center received 2.5 inches of rain over the last 48 hours, and more is expected through Friday! All of the wildfires in the Upper Skagit Complex are diminished and the Goodell Fire is no longer considered a significant threat to the Environmental Learning Center or Diablo. The Washington State Department of Transportation opened State Route 20 at noon on Sunday, August 30, and our evacuation order was lifted. North Cascades Institute is currently working to reopen the Environmental Learning Center and assume normal operations, including the start of Mountain School as scheduled on September 14. As Learning Center Director Kristofer Gilje remarked, “This all ended as fast as it started.”