It takes a community to grow a forest, and our partners help keep the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest growing in the right direction for generations to enjoy.  We work with local natural resources groups to provide education though application.


Interim Community Development Association

This organization improves opportunities for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Seattle area. Since 2002, Interim's Wilderness Inner-city Leadership Development program has been developing youth leaders through outdoor recreation, job training, career development and environmental stewardship. Stewardship outings have kids pulling weeds and planting natives, while wildlife viewing trips teach them about river ecology, salmon and eagle biology. They practice public speaking skills by interpreting what they learn to their elders. Youth go camping, canoeing, build trails and learn about Forest Service careers. Some of the youth later intern with the U.S. Forest Service.


Kulshan Creek

Don Gay, Forest Service wildlife biologist, points out mountain goats to Jonathan Suarez Cortez, Jose Esquivel and Amiel Dominguez.

The Kulshan Creek Neighborhood Kids program exposes Hispanic kids to the outdoors and careers in natural sciences while providing positive role models. The Mt. Vernon Police Department initially started the program in 2007 to reduce high-risk behavior and gang-related activity in that neighborhood. They, along with North Cascades Institute, National Park Service, Catholic Housing Services of Western Washington, and the U.S. Forest Service conduct monthly after-school and weekend outings throughout the summer. Crime has gone down in the neighborhood, the police department has gained trust in the community and kids are enjoying the outdoors.


North Cascades Institute

NCI WILD students relaxing by Baker Lake, photo by Amy Brown.

Education and inspiration come together as North Cascades Institute helps create a better understanding, connection and relationship with the natural world. Partnering with the Forest Service they help people view bald eagles with the Eagle Watchers, explore Mt. Baker with the Mountain Stewards and show youth how to mitigate climate change.

Learning center programs


Mountains to Sound Greenway

Picture of Interstate 90 from Snoqualmie Pass.

Mountains to Sound Greenway stretches more than 100 miles from the shores of the Puget Sound along Interstate 90 into central Washington, protecting working forests, historic sites, lakes, campgrounds and trails for wildlife habitat and public benefit. For 20 years this organization has united outdoor enthusiasts, environmentalists, corporations and governments to encourage stewardship and preserve public lands.