Youth Programs at Western

Poulsbo College Quest

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Experience the excitement of university life and gain valuable college success information through Western’s engaging college prep program. High school students will take a week long college-like course modeled after Western’s signature College Quest program.  All instruction will take place at the WWU Center on Olympic College’s Poulsbo campus. 

Prior to attending, participants are asked to review Western’s rules & regulations.

Grades Entering Grades 10-12
Dates Monday through Friday
July 14 – 18, 2014 
Time Daily schedule is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Location WWU Center at Olympic College, Poulsbo
Cost $450 See cost details
Register *Register by May 15 and save $50*
Registrations will be accepted after June 1 on a space available basis.
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Environmental Science: Nearshore Ecology of the Puget Sound

Currents, tides, and chemistry can influence which marine organisms can live where.  The interactions among marine organisms also determine where certain organisms can be found.  Using the nearshore habitats of Puget Sound as the focus, the course will:

  • Explore how physical and biological factors influence the abundance and diversity of local marine life.
  • Introduce students to the natural history of various intertidal species through field investigation and lab work.
  • Survey interactions among organisms and their environment.
  • Deliver material through lecture presentations, direct observation, group challenges, and data collection.

Student Objectives:

  • Recognize common marine intertidal and nearshore species to a taxonomic group.
  • Compare key adaptations among taxonomic groups and apply that knowledge to better understand how organisms survive in their specific marine habitats.
  • Examine the influences of physical properties (e.g. tides, substrate, light, temperature) on the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in various settings.
  • Ask a research question and design a way to answer that question via hypothesis testing.
  • Interpret results from their own data (or data from other available data sets).
  • Apply expanded understanding of local nearshore systems to predict the potential influence of human activities on these systems.

Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 16 students.

Instructor: Barbara Blackie 

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Rules & Regulations

Classroom Expectations: Successful completion of the program requires students to arrive promptly and attend all class functions and program workshops. Students are to behave with respect and courtesy toward professors, staff, fellow students, University property and staff, and participants of other programs.  All participants must to adhere to the College Quest Code of Conduct and the Student Rights and Responsibilities Code as presented by Western’s Dean of Students.

Coursework: Class time will vary each day. Students will have assigned work to be completed during their non-class time. Students will be assigned a University computer account for research purposes. The cost of textbooks is included in the program fee and will be given to students at the first class meeting.



9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Class, field trip

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Class, lab

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Research, workshops

In addition to course activities, students will participate in “Success in College” workshops on Monday and Wednesday, and will present their final projects on Friday.

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College Quest Cost: $450

Register by May 15 for a $50 discount; registrations will be accepted after June 1 on a space available basis.

WWU and Olympic College Alumni, Faculty and Staff are eligible for a $50 discount at time of registration. Discounts cannot be combined.

Cost covers instruction, Western T-shirt, field trips and textbooks. 

Registration Requirement due June 30:

  • High School transcript

Mail to:
WWU Cashier – Extended Education
516 High Street, MS 9004
Bellingham, WA 98225
Confidential fax: 360-788-0854

A full refund is granted if a program is cancelled. No reduction in fees is given for late arrival, early departure or expulsion for disciplinary matters. Cancellation requests must be submitted via email to 12 working days prior to the first day of your session; a $250 handling charge will be deducted.

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