The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) supports and promotes Western Washington University’s instructional and research programs in the marine sciences; provides access to facilities for visiting scientists from around the world; supports supervised, independent research for undergraduates nationwide via federally-funded programs; and promotes ocean literacy among the general public through targeted K-12 and public education initiatives.

In support of these efforts, SPMC has developed excellent facilities for field and laboratory instruction and research, as well as a long-term physical and chemical water quality database.

Discover a variety of weekend, academic and summer youth programs in marine science in Anacortes. Western offers hands-on STEM activities to keep learning fun.

Visit the Shannon Point Marine Center website or the Shannon Point Marine Center Facebook page.

glass front, modern Anacortes college building stands in a landscaped area

Contact Us

Shannon Point Marine Center - Directions
Western Washington University
1900 Shannon Point Road
Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 293-2188   |  (360) 650-7400


Western is a military friendly university offering special tuition rates for active duty personnel, veteran tuition assistance waivers, credit for military training, and priority registration. Learn more about these services provided through Western’s Veteran Services office.

Academic Year Youth Programs in Anacortes

Kids Night Out @ Western (K-5)
Students in grades K-5 explore a marine science STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) theme each session, with hands-on activities, engaging lessons and group activity time.

Summer Youth Programs in Anacortes

Grandparents U (Grades 1-8)
Create memories that last a lifetime during this unique intergenerational program for grandparents and grandchildren.

Odyssey of Science Arts (Grades 3-6)
Students make amazing discoveries as they explore hands-on science and art during a week-long course in specialized labs at a college marine science education research center.