Fall Family Weekend
Save the date for this year's Fall Family Weekend, October 15-17, 2021!
This year's weekend of *in-person events are anticipated to be held beginning at noon on Friday, concluding by 4PM Sunday afternoon.
Check this page for a full schedule of events and ticketed activities available by the end of September.
Fall Family Weekend is a time when campus and community come together to provide students and their families with fun and meaningful ways to connect with each other as well as with Western and its surrounding communities.
We will offer virtual programming as well as *in-person activities, providing opportunities to explore on-and off-campus.
Please note that the flexible schedule is designed to allow families to select from as many or as few of these activities as they like.
Events are generally lower in cost, greatly reduced or free of charge. Those requiring advance registration or ticketed sales will be noted.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
*All in-person programming will adhere to WWU, state and public health guidance and subject to change as noted on the WWU Coronavirus website. Please note that some in-person events at off-campus locations may require proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test.
Past Fall Family Weekend Events and Offerings
Brunch in a Box
The Brunch in a Box meal kit was locally sourced and contained some of your favorite Bellewood Farms products, Marie’s Bees honey, Bellingham Coffee Roasters, and more that you can prepare and enjoy from the comfort of home! Each box contained locally sourced ingredients and recipes with pick up or delivery options.
Academic Success During a Pandemic
Students starting college during a pandemic are facing some unique challenges. With the additional stress and isolation new students deal with, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Jack Herring shared some of the lessons we have learned about how first-year students can succeed academically in these circumstances and how their families can support them.
Cheesemaking for Fall Family Weekend
Get a taste for remote learning with an online Cheesemaking course designed by Huxley faculty member and award-winning journalist and cookbook author of FoodWISE, Dr. Gigi Berardi. Participants learned to make Ricotta, Mascarpone, and Paneer cheeses at their own pace over a two-week period.
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
- Salish Sea & Surrounding Basin map Created by Stefan Freelan, WWU, 2009. Explore in and around the bioregion through this map created by Stefan Freelan, Western's GIS Specialist and Huxley College of the Environment instructor.
- Car Free Salish Sea Journeys No car? No problem! Created by student, Daniel Heppner, 2020
- Transboundary Restoration of Garry Oak Ecosystems Created by student, Kelsey McNally, 2020
- Salish Sea Alpine Resorts Created by student, Alexander West, 2020
- Art & Music in the Salish Sea: Creative expression for social change. Created by students, Noelle, Johanna, Braedan, 2017 Redfish School of Change
- At Home in the Salish Sea: Diversity of Belonging. Created by students, Megan Dewer, Anya Henning, Raichle Mackinnon Dunkeld, Jessie Paterson, 2018 Redfish School of Change
- Tourism, Industry, & Residents: Traveling, Staying, and Playing within the Salish Sea. Created by students, Sophia Bullock, Alexii Sigona, Thomas Cinnamon, Mackenzie Spurgeon, 2018 Redfish School of Change
- Native Land Acknowledgement Native Land is a tool that maps out Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages. Native Land brings about discussions of colonization, land rights, language, and Indigenous history tied to our personal histories. Created by Native Land Digital.
- Interactive Washington State park map - Find Washington State Parks near Western.
- Washington State Parks virtual Tours - Explore Washington State Parks from anywhere in the world.
- Bellingham Working Waterfront An ongoing research project examining the transformation of Bellingham's shoreline.
- Bellingham History and walking tour interactive story map / audio tour/ booklet Experience the evolution of downtown Bellingham through historic photographs.
- Fairhaven interactive story map / booklet Fairhaven was one of four early towns that consolidated in 1904 to create the City of Bellingham. Explore this photo-rich story map, showing how Fairhaven has evolved over time.
- Old Sehome interactive story map / audio tour/ booklet Explore southern downtown Bellingham, originally settled in 1853 as the coal mining town of Sehome.
- Highway 99 interactive story map Discover the impact of Highway 99 on Whatcom County.
- Bellingham Walking Tour: Learn about Systemic Racism Created by the Systemic Racism Curriculum Project and the Bellingham Racial History Timeline project, 2019