Youth Programs at Western

Poulsbo Odyssey of Science & Arts: Grades 4-6

Not currently available. For more information about this program, call (360) 394-2733.

Dive into science exploration as you spend four days investigating marine science and ecology at the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo. Students will enjoy learning in specialized labs on a college campus, as well as in an outdoor classroom and at the Poulsbo Marine Science Center. Taught by WWU and OC faculty, all courses are designed to engage students through interactive, hands-on activities that foster success in a fun learning environment.

Grades Grades 4-6
Dates Mon.-Thur. from July 14 – July 17  
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Time AM Session 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
PM Session 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo Poulsbo
Cost $129 per morning or afternoon session  See cost details
Notes *Register by May 15 to save $20*


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Beach Sweet Beach

Morning Session | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Explore the intertidal area of Liberty Bay and get up close and personal with marine species during a visit to the Poulsbo Marine Science Center.  Students will investigate how invertebrates live and survive on a beach and gain an understanding of the importance of caring for their habitat. In this inquiry-based field class, participants will:

  • Research and identify different marine invertebrates in their intertidal habitats.
  • Discover the different ways in which invertebrates live and survive on a beach.
  • Create a science journal detailing their thoughts and understandings about the different invertebrates living in intertidal areas.
  • Give a short presentation about how a specific invertebrate lives on a local beach.

Instructor: Helle Andersen

Wet and Wild!

Afternoon Session | 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Come splash around in swamps, puddles, and other fun squishy areas to explore wetland and stream ecology. Combine the sciences of ecology, biology, botany, and hydrology and conduct experiments, collect data and analyze findings. Students will:

  • Journey to local wetlands and streams to observe and document these ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them. 
  • Discover the three elements of a wetland and how to determine what is and is not a wetland.
  • Investigate the important stream and riparian habitats that support our local salmon populations.
  • Track, observe and identify plants and animals that you never knew existed in a wetland or stream.
  • Create posters that describe the ecology of local streams and wetlands.
  • Design an action plan to reduce human impact upon local wetlands and the water they protect.

Gain an understanding of what makes our Pacific Northwest stream and wetland ecosystems so important!

Instructor: Denise Kilkenny-Tittle

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All courses run Monday through Thursday, July 14-17, 2014. 

Supervision is provided from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. for students who are registered for the full day.  It is recommended that students use this time as a lunch period.  Students are asked to bring a lunch daily.


Morning Schedule

8:15 a.m.


8:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Class period

12:30 p.m.



Afternoon Schedule

12:45 p.m.


1:00 – 4:55 p.m.

Class period

5:00 p.m.


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$129 per morning or afternoon session

Program cost includes instruction, materials, field trips, lab rental, specialized equipment and a camp memento.

*Register by May 15 for a $20 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 $20 discount at time of registration.  Discounts cannot be combined.

A full refund is granted if a program or camp 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 dayof your session; a $50 handling charge will be deducted.

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