Friday Harbor Labs Science Outreach Program is a unique science education program that brings exciting, inquiry-based and relevant environmental science into the elementary, middle and high school classrooms (K-12) of the San Juan Islands. We have developed a set of hands-on projects specifically designed to complement and enhance the current science curriculum at local schools. All of the projects focus on involving students in the process of science – observing, asking questions, predicting, collecting data, analyzing data and making conclusions. We emphasize using the scientific method and how the data is relevant to other scientists.

Our program gives students the opportunity to ask questions and participate in experiments so they realize they themselves are scientists. We work with students in the field, lab, classroom and on the U.W. Research Vessel Kittiwake to show them that science is interesting, fun and important. The program provides experiences that foster students to become environmentally aware and scientifically educated stewards of local marine and freshwater environments.


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Friday Harbor Labs Science Outreach Program (FHLSOP) was established in 2001 and is currently structured as a partnership between the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories, San Juan Island School District and Spring Street International School. The resulting program is distinct in its partnering of research scientists, K-12 students, teachers and resource managers with the goal of creating an integrated set of projects that teach science and environmental awareness to students. In addition, student scientist from four of the FHL University courses are mentors for 1st, 3rd, and 6th grade FHLSOP projects.

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Jazz at the Labs FHLSOP Fundraiser - no Jazz due to covid

Friday Harbor Labs Open House - Cancelled for 2021

Young Investigator Prize - entry deadline April 25th, 2022

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Become A FHLSOP sponsor! Contact Rachel Anderson in the FHL Associates Office at rachelea@uw.edu