Dept. of Biological Sciences
Walla Walla University
204 S College Ave.
College Place, WA 99324
Phone: (509) 527-2551
Organized Field Trips
- Marine Invertebrate Trawl/Dredge ($50): Spend 2-3 hours on the R/V
Centennial (owned and operated by Friday Harbor Laboratories) getting your
hands wet and muddy while searching for invertebrates, especially (of course)
echinoderms. This field trip also includes the ferry trip between Anacortes and
Friday Harbor. This field trip will occur at least twice, once in the morning and
once in the afternoon.
- Whale Watching ($89): Spend six hours on a comfortable 100-ft. boat
watching orcas, minke whales, harbor seals, harbor porpoises, bald eagles,
seabirds galore, and other wildlife. (http://www.island-adventures.com/)
- Sea Kayaking ($94): A five hour kayak tour of several islands. Harbor seals,
bald eagles, seabirds, lighthouse, and stunning scenery. No previous kayak
experience required. (http://www.anacorteskayaktours.com/)
Unorganized Field Trips
Go out on your own!
- Padilla Bay: Visit the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and
the Breazale Interpretive Center. About 20 minutes from Rosario.
- Mt. Baker & Mt. Shuksan: Mt. Baker is the fourth-highest mountain in
Washington state (10,778 ft/3,285 m). Mt. Shuksan is immediately east of Mt.
Baker and is one of the most photographed mountains in the world due to its
beauty and reflections in Picture Lake. Beginning and intermediate hiking trails
are easily accessible. Driving time to the top of the road up Mt. Baker is
approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
- North Cascades: Hiking opportunities and scenic views are endless. We
suggest Sauk Mountain, a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Rosario. The 2.1
mile (3.4 km) switchback trail has an elevation gain of 1,200 ft (365 m) through
forest to a rocky hilltop at 5,537 ft (1,688 m) that has 360 degree views which
include the Skagit River Valley, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, and even Mt. Rainier
on clear days. In summer the area is covered with wildflowers.
- Fort Casey State Park: Fort Casey is a 467 acre Washington state park with a
lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de
Fuca. A coast artillery post features two 10-inch and two 3-inch historic guns on
display. The park features shoreline on Admiralty Inlet and includes Keystone
Spit, a 2 mile (3.2 km) stretch of land separating Admiralty Inlet and Crocket
Lake. A 40 minute drive from Rosario.
- Port Townsend: Discover the authentic charm of Washington's Victorian
seaport with its maritime heritage and a touch of urban chic. 40 minute drive,
then a 30 minute ferry ride from Rosario. Ferry cost is approximately $TBD per
person one way.
- Seattle, WA: Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Pike Place Market, Boeing,
Experience Music Project, Museum of Science Fiction, Pacific Science Center
and much much more. About a 2 hour drive from Rosario.
- Vancouver, BC: Double-decker bus tours, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium,
Capilano Suspension Bridge, shopping on Robson Street, great food… the list
of things to do is endless. About a 2 hour drive from Rosario.
PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL TRAVEL BETWEEN THE US AND
- San Juan Islands/Friday Harbor Ferry: Ride one of the Washington State
ferries from Anacortes through the San Juan Islands to Friday Harbor. Spend
some time touring and shopping, then catch the ferry back to Anacortes. Many
seabirds and some marine mammals are visible from the ferry. About a 15
minute drive from Rosario, then a 1.5-2 hour ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday
Harbor. Ferry cost is approximately $15 per person round trip.