Fall Family Weekend continues with Featured Offerings

Thank you for joining us for Fall Family Weekend 2020! We hope you and your student will continue to explore and connect with Western communities through the remaining Featured Offerings. Enjoy the many stories and voices of Western that are shared on the page below. Looking forward to our next opportunity to "see" you soon, virtually!

Welcome from Dr. Melynda Huskey

Dear Families, 

I’m so happy to welcome you to a Fall Family Weekend unlike any we’ve ever hosted here at Western! This year has stretched us all in so many unforeseen ways, which makes it even more important to find new ways to bring our traditions to students and families. And although it looks a little different, the most important part stays the same: we want you to enjoy the Western experience with your student! We’ve planned some fun new ways to connect with campus, and to get to know us as a working university, and your student’s (virtual) home away from home. And who knows? Maybe next year we’ll be seeing each other on campus! Until then, please know that we are all here to support your student in learning and growing in every way we can. 

Make waves! 

Melynda Huskey
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services 


Melynda in a red shirt and floral scarf

Welcome from New Student Services/Family Outreach

We are so excited to present our annual Fall Family Weekend program and invite you to explore, connect, and have some fun through our virtual format. While we aren’t able to meet in person this year, we’re still offering events and resources to link you and your family more deeply with the Western community.  

The students, faculty and staff at Western have energetically worked on creating events that highlight our beautiful campus, local community, and greater geography. We have live and recorded events that you can access from the comfort of your home, while still creating a great shared experience. Check out the cooking demos, explore research on the Salish Sea, navigate a self-guided tour of campus or our renowned outdoor sculpture collection, or celebrate Huxley College of the Environment’s 50th anniversary by learning more about their research and real-world applications. Looking for self-care resources? Advice on navigating academically during these unique times? Just want to hang out and carve a pumpkin? Great! Don’t miss the Live Events section of the website for details!

We know that there are many different definitions of “family”, and we hope you, and those who are family to you, will join us to explore, connect, have fun, and be inspired. We are excited to share this time with you and your family. Have a great weekend!

Seasonal gourds, fruit, and cheese arranged on a stump

Featured Offerings

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Jack Herring shared some of the lessons we have learned about how first-year students can succeed academically and how their families can support them while we face the unique challenges of a pandemic.
We are pleased to continue our Western tradition of connecting with, and enjoying, local agriculture and delicious farm-fresh fare with Sunday brunch you can order as a meal kit!
Cook along with Western's Orientation Student Advisor in a pre-recorded cooking demo!
The world’s first interdisciplinary environmental college celebrates its 50th year by acknowledging a renewed urgency for those skills in an increasingly desperate bid to combat global climate change—or blunt its human impacts.
Get a taste for what remote learning is really like with an online Cheesemaking course that is just for parents and families.
There's more than books to checkout with Western Libraries! Enjoy some of these great, interactive activities!
Watch Seiko Purdue as she demonstrates the art of Japanese textile making at Western Washington University
Join Sasha Petrenko, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Expanded Media as she leads this collaborative demonstration of lost wax casting using aluminum.
Sharing meals in Bellingham's many wonderful eateries is a favorite Fall Family Weekend pastime. Whether students and families are dining together or gifting meals from local eateries to their student from afar, we are pleased to share the following directory of local dining options.
Through storytelling, we find fun and interesting ways to learn about people and places so feel free to enjoy an array of local podcasts, news shows, and music during virtual Fall Family Weekend programs!
Share your Viking pride this Halloween with one--or--all of these fun Western pumpkin carving templates!
Hiking path curving through apline mountain crests


Western, Bellingham, the Pacific Northwest and Salish Sea

Wayfinding at Western

  • Campus Map for Western- Main cartography and design by Josh Jones, 2011-12
  • Virtual tour of the campus. Choose your own adventure! 
  • Register here to participate virtually by scheduling a tour with Western students.
  • Watch a YouTube tour led by students around our beautiful campus.
  • Outdoor Sculpture tour- Explore this extensive public sculpture collection founded in the 1960’s. 
  • Multicultural Center tour - Join the Associated Students on a tour of this beautiful, new facility.
  • Western Tree tour - These four tree tours describe some of the more interesting specimens on campus and also provides some history about many of the trees.

See more of the Salish Sea & beyond

Historical Tours