Fall Family Weekend
Save the Date for Fall Family Weekend: October 21-23, 2022
The annual weekend of events and activities provide students and their families with a variety of fun ways to connect with each other as well as with Western and Bellingham communities.
A flexible (choose-your-own adventure) schedule means that you get to determine how and when you want to spend your time together. Activities will kick off mid-day Friday and end by Sunday afternoon. While most events are free or lower cost, those requiring tickets will be available for purchase in early September. Past events have featured live comedy improv shows, a Halloween classic movie, planetarium shows, WWU athletics, campus and community tours, student performances, pumpkin carving, Western Gallery exhibits and outdoor sculpture tours, bike tours, farm tours, department open houses, and more!
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!
- Watch a YouTube tour led by students around our beautiful campus.
- WWU 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.
Connecting with the broader Salish Sea Region
- Viqueen Lodge - The Viqueen Lodge is provided by the Associated Students as a leisure activity facility on Sinclair Island, south of Bellingham. Cabin and grounds maintenance are provided by volunteers of the Western Washington University community and the staff of WWU's Viking Outdoor Recreation programs and Viking Union facilities.
- Shannon Point Marine Center - Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center is located within a 78 acre wooded campus in Anacortes that is covered in a mature Pacific lowland forest that is dominated by Douglas fir and Cedar trees.
- 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 College of the Environment instructor.
- Car Free Salish Sea Journeys No car? No problem! Created by student, Daniel Heppner, 2020
- Salish Sea Alpine Resorts Created by student, Alexander West, 2020
- 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