Youth Programs at Western

Odyssey of Science & Arts: Grades 7-9

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 7-9
Dates Mon.-Thur. from July 13 – July 16  
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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 $109 per morning or afternoon session (before May 15)
$129 per morning or afternoon session (after May 15)
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Dynamic Pattern in Nature

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

Explore, experience and express dynamic patterns in nature through art. This interactive art class is based on exploring, sketching and building from sequences and patterns using science, art and hands-on discovery. Participants will:

  • Practice sketching techniques and tools through outdoor exploration and observations.
  • Tour local flora with a visiting horticulturalist and demonstrate botanical sketching and selection site for building a large web.
  • Visit with a guest artist working with Cedar, take a tour of trees and sketch from sensory input, and layout lines for the web.
  • Experiment with knot tying with a visiting boat builder, complete their sketchbook and build the web to play on.

Students to bring a 12”x18” sketchbook (spiral-bound) and variety of pens and pencils.

Instructor: Leigh Knowles Metteer

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Life at the Edge – of the Sea

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

The edge of the ocean is a challenging place to live. Each living organism 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 life 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

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All courses run Monday through Thursday, July 13-16, 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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$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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