Youth Programs at Western

Odyssey of Science & Arts: Grades 4-6

Explore science and art through hands-on learning at the WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo. Taught by highly regarded local educators, all courses are designed to engage students through interactive activities that foster success in a fun, inquiry-based learning environment.  Participants will create new friendships with local students as they explore both in the classroom and on field trips.

Grades Grades 4-6
Dates Mon. – Thurs. July 18 - 21, 2016
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Time 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (a.m. session)
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (p.m. session)
Location WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo Poulsbo
Cost $109 per morning or afternoon session (before May 15)
$129 per morning or afternoon session (after May 15)
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Life at the Edge – of the Sea

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

The edge of the ocean is a challenging place to live. Each living thing has to survive under salty water with crashing waves – and also under the baking sun with no water, twice each day! Participants will:

  • Explore amazing survival strategies of sea creatures (large and small) that inhabit the intertidal zone.
  • Identify organisms and recognize major zones of life in the intertidal.
  • Gain an understanding of how the physical and chemical environment determines which organisms live where.
  • Design food chains and food pyramids for different intertidal types – rocky vs. sandy.

Visit the Poulsbo Marine Science Center to meet some fascinating creatures that make a living between the tides.
Instructor: Barbara Blackie

Dynamic Color in Nature

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

Explore and experience color in a natural setting – in the forest or the woods – using science, visual art and personal expression. Use a variety of media and techniques to express technical, aesthetic and emotive aspects of the rich and complex forest landscape. Participants will:

  • Experiment with paint; mixing, matching, naming and applying.
  • Demonstrate ambient light and local color using colored paper and pencils.
  • Practice contrasting emotive and observational uses of color to describe being in the woods.
  • Focus on botanical art through choosing a subject, sketching various views, and drawing and painting using descriptive color, shadow and light.

Students to bring a 12”x18” sketchbook (spiral-bound) and variety of pens and pencils.
Instructor: Leigh Knowles Metteer

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All courses run Monday through Thursday, July 18-21, 2016. 

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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$109 per morning or afternoon session (before May 15)
$109 for WWU and OC faculty, staff and alumni*
$129 per morning or afternoon session (after May 15)

*WWU and Olympic College Alumni, Faculty and Staff are eligible for a $20 discount at time of registration.  Discounts cannot be combined.
Program cost includes instruction, materials, field trips, lab rental, specialized equipment and a camp memento.

Registrations will be accepted after June 1 on a space available basis.

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 day of your session; a $50 handling charge will be deducted.

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