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Summer Speaker Series

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Date: June 12, 2009
Contact: Charles Beall, 360 854-7301

Inspired by the forthcoming September airing on PBS of the six-part documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, North Cascades National Park Complex presents a free summer speaker series at the Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater* (one program takes place at the Colonial Creek Campground Amphitheater). The lineup includes conservationists, authors, professors, and park resource professionals.

Saturday, July 11 – Wilderness Alps

Ken Wilcox, North Cascades Conservation Council

Saturday, July 18 – The Amazing Behaviors of Crows and Ravens

John Marzluff, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington

Saturday, July 25 – Glaciers: Evidence for Past and Future Climate Change

Jon Riedel, Geologist, North Cascades National Park

Saturday, August 1 – The National Park Service and the New Deal

David Louter, History Program Manager, Pacific West Region, National Park Service

Saturday, August 8 – Wilderness in National Parks: Playground or Preserve

John Miles, Professor of Environmental Studies, Huxley College, Western Washington University

*Wednesday, August 12 at Colonial Creek Campground Amphitheater – Four Dams, One Man

Jesse Kennedy, Chief of Cultural Resources, North Cascades National Park

Saturday, August 22 – When Politics and Parks Collide: How the North Cascades Came About

Peter Jackson, writer and conservation activist

Saturday, August 29 – Stunning Aerial Photography from Northern California to Southeast Alaska

John Scurlock, pilot, climber, and photographer

*All programs with the exception of Wednesday, August 12 will be held at the Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater. Programs begin at 8:30 p.m. and last between 45 minutes and one hour.

Directions: The Newhalem Creek Campground is located along the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) at milepost 120, just west of the town of Newhalem. Cross the one-lane bridge over the Skagit River, continue past the registration station, and turn right at the four-way stop. The amphitheater is located in Loop A, across from campsite 13.


Make it a Newhalem weekend! The Newhalem Creek Campground contains 114 campsites for $12 per night. Two of the campground’s three loops are available on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations are available for the third loop and for group sites at http://www.recreation.gov. Stop by the North Cascades Visitor Center and pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet or borrow a free Family Fun Pack. Hike the network of family-friendly trails along the Skagit River and through the forest to interesting sites like the Rockshelter – a natural shelter above Newhalem Creek that has been used by native people for over 1,400 years. Additional information on these trails is available at http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/newhalem-area-trails.htm. Tour the historic company town of Newhalem (walking tour available at http://www.seattle.gov/light/printdocs/Newhalem.pdf), enjoy some fudge from the Skagit General Store, or take a narrated cruise on Diablo Lake for stunning views of glaciers and cascading waterfalls (more information and reservations for the Diablo Lake Adventure and Diablo Dam Good Dinner Tour are available at http://www.skagittours.com). If you prefer stay in a hotel and eat in a restaurant, rather than camp and prepare your own meals, then visit http://www.marblemount.comfor lodging and dining options in the near-by community of Marblemount.

Did You Know?

lupine is a common flower in dry sunny areas

In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.