Co-Founder Of North Cascades Institute Honored

Saul Weisberg, a co-founder of the North Cascades Institute, recently was recognized for his work in connecting people with the environment in and around North Cascades National Park. Photo courtesy of North Cascades Institute.

Saul Weisberg, co-founder and executive director of North Cascades Institute, has been recognized for his national and regional leadership with two professional awards: The Association of Nature Center Administrators’ 2013 Nature Center Leadership Award and Re Sources’ 2013 Environmental Heroes Award.

The Institute, founded in 1986, has served tens of thousands of people of all ages in outdoor programs focused on the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades and Salish Sea region. In 2005, the Institute opened the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park, a $12 million educational facility operated in partnership with Seattle City Light and the National Park Service.

Mr. Weisberg is noted for creating sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Western Washington University and numerous local and regional organizations and businesses.

The Association of Nature Center Administrators’ 2013 Nature Center Leadership Award was presented to Mr. Weisberg in front of his national peers at the Surf’s Up Summit in Newport Beach, CA, August 21-24. ANCA recognized his “professionalism and ability to inspire and share with others,” “selfless work done in the profession and community” and for “exemplary accomplishments and contributions to the field of nature center administration” for his guiding role at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park.

The Re Sources 2013 Environmental Heroes Award, presented September 5 in Bellingham, Washington, recognized Mr. Weisberg as a local leader in conservation and education.

"We are delighted to honor Saul for his extraordinary achievements in protecting and promoting the health of the Pacific northwest environment," said Crina Hoyer, Executive Director of RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. "Saul has made huge contributions to the vision RE Sources and others share for our region. We at RE Sources support, applaud, and encourage more work like Saul's."