Conference guests are encouraged to explore campus during their free time. Highlights of three options include:
The Sehome Hill Arboretum is an 180-acre park of second growth forest located in the city of Bellingham, adjacent to Western’s campus. Though called an arboretum, the hilly expanse atop Sehome Hill is not consciously planted as an exhibit of tree species, but naturally wooded and rich in the plant species (both native and nonnative) typical of the region. The arboretum is jointly managed by both the university and the city. Its care is overseen by the Sehome Arboretum Board of Governors, composed of city employees, university employees, university students, and city residents. The park offers students and city dwellers over 5 miles (8 km) of public trails for walking and running and, in some areas, bicycling.
Outdoor Sculpture Tour
Today, Western is nationally known for its leadership in the concept of art in the daily, living environment of an university community. Through the sculpture collection the university has set standards for quality education as well as fostered an atmosphere of risk-taking and discovery.
The outdoor sculpture collection features major international, national and regional artists who address such issues as the relationship of nature and culture, human scale, types of narration, personal perceptions and spatial dynamics. Whether temporary installations or permanent objects, figurative or abstract in appearance, these works represent sculpture from 1960 to the present.
Western’s Campus Tree tour
WWU is privileged to be the home of dozens of spectacular varieties of trees (the full census runs to more than 70 species). Western's Campus tree tour describes some of the more interesting specimens on campus and also provides some history about many of the trees.