Youth Programs at Western

Program List

Students can participate in full-day camps, half-day courses, or intensive one-time sessions to pursue their educational discovery and creative expression.  Each Western Washington University Youth Program offering is taught by top quality educators in a hands-on, interactive learning environment that encourages inquiry by the student.

Choose from the following academic year or summer programs:

Academic Year Programs

Early Release Enrichment

Designed for students in grades K-5 in the Bellingham School District, these engaging Thursday afternoon sessions explore foreign language, culture, and science taught by Western Language & Culture and Science Education students.

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KNOW - Kids Night out @ Western

Students in grades 3-5 will explore hands-on science activities in Western’s Science Resource Center and will end the evening with an hour in the pool at the Wade King Student Recreation Center on Western’s campus.

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Suzuki Violin

Children ages 4-7 will foster their love of music and develop lifelong learning skills through the Western Arts Preparatory Academy Suzuki Violin program.  Lessons are taught in a nurturing environment that involves both the parent and the instructor in the learning process.  

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Summer Programs

College Quest   

Experience the excitement of university life through Western’s engaging college prep program.  Ambitious high school students complete a college-level course, gain valuable college success information, and form extraordinary social connections.

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Global Connections 

Students in grades 4-6 will discover the fun of being on a college campus as they participate in science enrichment designed to develop team-building skills, showcase academic topics in specialized labs, and provide opportunities to make new friends with local and international students.  Wednesdays are reserved for field trips to places like the Woodland Park Zoo and the Pacific Science Center!  

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Grandparents "U"

You and your grandchild (ages 7-14) will learn side-by-side as you interact with marine ecology, bring books to life through sculpture, excavate fossils, and more.  All courses are taught by Western faculty with a focus on hands-on participation and a fun, interactive atmosphere.

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Odyssey of Science & Arts 

Dive into an exploration of science and art as you enjoy hands-on learning in specialized labs and classrooms.  All courses are designed to engage students on the topics of their choice through interactive activities that foster success in a fun, inquiry-based learning environment.

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Summer Youth Theatre Institute

Experience all elements of theatrical production - from script development to the final showcase performance - as you gain self-confidence and forge new friendships while learning in professional theatre spaces on Western's campus.

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Presented by Western's College of Fine and Performing Arts, Summerwinds is a chamber music day camp for young woodwind players in grades 6-12.  All students will benefit from small group learning, a focus on the joy of playing music, and the development of lifelong skills.

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Western Kids campWestern Kids Camp 

Students in grades K-6 will develop literacy and science skills through hands-on activities this summer on a college campus.  Participants spend their mornings focusing on academic enrichment and their afternoons enjoying recreational games. 

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LakewoodWWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp

Students ages 11-18 can enjoy their summer in an outdoor classroom on beautiful Lake Whatcom.  Since 1981, WWU Lakewood Jr. Sailing Camp has helped young sailors and windsurfers master skills in a natural environment that few activities can match.

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Page Updated 07.23.2015