NOCA 50

Mountain protruding from color studded slope. Text reads, NOCA 50
Fall on Sahale Arm Trail

photo © Andy Porter Photography

 
October 2, 2018, is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of North Cascades National Park Service Complex - a place of dynamic wilderness landscape, glaciated peaks, countless cascading streams, unique natural beauty, and important human histories.

North Cascades National Park Service Complex belongs to everyone. You're invited in the year ahead to share your experience. Throughout the celebration year use the #lovemyncascades #NOCA50 hashtags to share why you love the North Cascades!
 

Save the Date - August 25, 2018

Mark the calendars and join the park to celebrate the first 50 years and look forward to the next 50 and beyond. More information about this event coming soon.

Town Hall Discussion

As we celebrate the founding of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex this year, we honor the hard work and dedication of the many people who have contributed to the protection and stewardship of the three units of the Complex - North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. In addition, we will explore the value of national parks and public lands as well as areas that might need additional protection into the future.

To facilitate this dialogue, we are hosting a ‘town hall’ style discussion with a panel of special guests which will include opportunities for the public and panel to engage in conversation about stewardship and public lands. Panel members will include close associates and/or family members of some of the founders, tribal members, and other involved groups and individuals, including National Park Service staff.

Artist Demonstration

Join artist Sarah Stamps for a demonstration throughout the afternoon. Ms. Stamps will work to finish and display her piece. Stamps' artwork is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and her experiences in the outdoors are reflected in her work.

 

Music in the American Wild

Imagine hearing the sounds of classical music echoing across the Cascade Mountains as an ensemble of musicians perform newly composed works inspired by majestic national park locations throughout the country.

Music in the American Wild will provide free performances and activities as a part of the NOCA50 celebrationTuesday, August 21-Saturday, August 25.

Music in the American Wild performances and activities include:

Tuesday, August 21

  • Back Porch Music: Cascades Karaoke, North Cascades Visitor Center, 1-2 pm
    Stop by for a tune or two at a back porch sing-a-long at the North Cascades Visitor Center! Members of the American Wild Ensemble will lead visitors in singing folk tunes and popular songs with their fellow parkgoers. All instruments and voices are welcome to come together and make music in the beautiful North Cascades!
  • Nature Inspires Music, Newhalem, 3-4 pm
    Explore the deep connection between nature and music with the American Wild Ensemble. Visitors will take part in group music making and engage with a variety of music genres, from folk to classical, to learn more about how nature can inspire music through words, sounds, and ideas.
  • Campground Concert, Newhalem Creek Campground, 7-8:30 pm
    Join the American Wild Ensemble for a program of music inspired by wildlife!

Wednesday, August 22

  • Back Porch Music: Cascades Karaoke, North Cascades Visitor Center, 1-2 pm
    Stop by for a tune or two at a back porch sing-a-long at the North Cascades Visitor Center! Members of the American Wild Ensemble will lead visitors in singing folk tunes and popular songs with their fellow parkgoers. All instruments and voices are welcome to come together and make music in the beautiful North Cascades!
  • Music Moves Outdoors, Newhalem, 3-4 pm
    Join the American Wild Ensemble in an active workshop inspired by rhythm and movement. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors through expressive movement, dance, and music.
  • Campground Concert, Newhalem Creek Campground, 7-8:30 pm
    Join the American Wild Ensemble for a program of music inspired by American landscape!

Thursday, August 23

  • Back Porch Music: Cascades Karaoke, North Cascades Visitor Center, 1-2 pm
    Stop by for a tune or two at a back porch sing-a-long at the North Cascades Visitor Center! Members of the American Wild Ensemble will lead visitors in singing folk tunes and popular songs with their fellow parkgoers. All instruments and voices are welcome to come together and make music in the beautiful North Cascades!
  • Nature Inspires Music, Newhalem, 3-4 pm
    Explore the deep connection between nature and music with the American Wild Ensemble. Visitors will take part in group music making and engage with a variety of music genres, from folk to classical, to learn more about how nature can inspire music through words, sounds, and ideas.
  • Campground Concert, Newhalem Creek Campground, 7-8:30 pm
    Join the American Wild Ensemble for a program of music inspired by wildlife!

Friday, August 24

  • Back Porch Music: Cascades Karaoke, North Cascades Visitor Center, 1-2 pm
    Stop by for a tune or two at a back porch sing-a-long at the North Cascades Visitor Center! Members of the American Wild Ensemble will lead visitors in singing folk tunes and popular songs with their fellow parkgoers. All instruments and voices are welcome to come together and make music in the beautiful North Cascades!
  • Music Moves Outdoors, Newhalem, 3-4 pm
    Join the American Wild Ensemble in an active workshop inspired by rhythm and movement. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors through expressive movement, dance, and music.
  • Campground Concert, Newhalem Creek Campground, 7-8:30 pm
    Join the American Wild Ensemble for a program of music inspired by American landscape!

Saturday, August 25

  • A Music Hike, North Cascades Visitor Center, 10 am-12 pm
    Enjoy a ranger-led hike to a concert in the wild! The American Wild Ensemble will bring a new 45-minute musical experience to life on the trails of North Cascades. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the park by hiking to a special destination filled with music made by traditional instruments and natural sounds.

Support for Music in the American Wild comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Arts Commission.

 

A Setting for Inspiration Art Exhibit


The magnificent landscapes of the American West have inspired artists for generations. From idyllic paintings, sepia prints, soaring musical scores and pastoral writings, artists influence the public and politicians to protect these amazing places and often to establish national parks as an enduring heritage. Their art has introduced this natural world to people who might not otherwise experience such places, as well as inspired the next generation of visitors and artists.

A Setting for Inspiration Exhibit will be on display in the North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem and the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin through the 2018 summer season.

 
A paint by numbers board with mountains and a rainbow in the background.
Mountain Mural color by number

NPS Image

Color by Number Mountain Mural

Concrete Elementary School completed a mural to celebrate NOCA 50th. It will be on display at the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount. Pick up a free cloring page of the picture to take home!

 

GVSU New Music Ensemble

Join the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble for a stop on the 2018 tour through national parks. The ensemble promotes contemporary classical chamber music, with special focus on music of the past 20 years.

New Music Ensemble will provide free performances as a part of the NOCA50 celebrationTuesday, July 3.

Performances on Tuesday, July 3, include:

  • 2 pm-3 pm North Cascades Visitor Center patio
  • 7pm-8pm Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater
 
Book cover for Crown Jewel Wilderness

Lauren Danner Reading

Join Lauren Danner, author of Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park, and discover the story behind Washington’s spectacularly majestic third national park. She chronicles how concern over natural resource agency policies—one favoring tourism development and the other promoting logging in national forests—plus conservationists’ activism and skillful political compromise, eventually led to its creation in 1968.

Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin:

  • Book Signing and Reading with Question and Answer
    Friday, August 3
    7pm

  • Meet and Greet
    Saturday, August 4
    11 am-1 pm

North Cascades Visitor Center:

  • Book Signing and Reading with Question and Answer
    Saturday, August 18
    Time TBD
 

Harvest Fest at the Buckner Orchard

Join park staff and the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation for Harvest Fest at the Buckner Orchard in Stehekin October 6-8. For more information visit the Bucker Homestead Heritage Foundation.

Last updated: July 13, 2018

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