The Shannon Point Marine Center is located in Anacortes, Washington approximately 45 miles from the main campus of Western Washington University (in Bellingham, WA). Facilities on the 87-acre field site include a 12,000 sq. ft. laboratory equipped for marine research and supplied with high-quality running seawater. There is also a newly constructed Academic Program Building with a dedicated computer laboratory and classroom.
A fleet of six research vessels provides access to the rich and diverse marine and estuarine habitats of Puget Sound. Dormitory facilities house up to 24 visitors, with kitchen facilities available for food preparation and an on-site laundry facility. Located on the mainland, SPMC offers access to marine and coastal environments typical of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the alpine environments of the Cascade Mountains and the Olympic Peninsula. The facility is 90 miles north of Seattle, Washington, and an equal distance south of Vancouver, B.C.