Park rangers and scientists will show visitors of all ages how to identify and document plant and animal species for a look at park biodiversity, using the iNaturalist app, cameras and field guides. In Newhalem, efforts will focus on birds; Douglas red squirrels; fungi, mosses and lichens; and beetles and plants found near the Skagit River.
The visitor center is near milepost 120 on the North Cascades Highway. From Interstate 5 south, look for signs to eastbound Highway 20. Admission to the center is free and it has restrooms, a gift shop, places for picnicking, and a small natural-history museum with exhibits on animals, geology and weather of the region — plus a relief map of the North Cascades.
For more information, go online to nps.gov/noca or call 206-386-4495, ext.11.