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Your 2017 NW BIOLOGY conference hosts are excited to announce three guided field trip destinations on Saturday and several suggestions for self-guided destinations throughout the weekend.

Guided Trips-all guided trips are scheduled from 12:15-4 pm on Saturday May 6, 2017

 

Tacoma Museum of Glass

Join UWT faculty Dr. Bonnie Becker, who will lead a tour of the Museum of Glass, including the biologically-relevant exhibit  “Into the Deep” (https://museumofglass.org/exhibition/into-the-deep). This exhibit includes highly accurate reproductions of marine organisms in glass, as well as pieces inspired by both the physics and aesthetics of water. Additional exhibits highlight the optical properties of glass.

Walking tour to the Center for Urban Waters

Walk through downtown and across the 11th street bridge to the Center for Urban Waters, which “brings together environmental scientists, analysts, engineers and policymakers who are developing creative and sustainable solutions to restore and protect Puget Sound. The founding partners – the City of Tacoma, the University of Washington Tacoma and the Puget Sound Partnership – are committed to providing a collaborative environment where the best-available science forms the basis for policy development and implementation.” Tour the LEEDS Platinum certified building to see the native plant landscaping, artificial snags, green roof, gray water system, pervious pavers, and other sustainable building innovations.

Natural history tour of Pt. Defiance

Join UWT Faculty, Erica Cline, on a hike in Pt. Defiance Park http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/point-defiance-park . “This 760-acre park is a popular destination for more than 3.1 million people each year. Natural forest, saltwater beaches and spectacular views offer numerous possibilities for recreation, education and communing with nature.” We will take buses from UW Tacoma to the Rhododendron garden and then explore  second and old growth Douglas-fir forests, talking about forest ecology and mycology. There is also the option to be dropped off at Owen beach for a self-guided beach walk and exploration of marine organisms on the beach or growing on the dock. Or, take a joy ride to Vashon Island (a 15 minute crossing, $5.30 per ticket) on the Point Defiance--Tahlequah ferry and walk around on Vashon Island before returning to Point Defiance in time for the bus to bring you back to UW Tacoma. Ferry schedule: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=pd-tal

Brewery Tour. Cost: Incidental

Join UWT Faculty  and award-winning home-brewer Jack Vincent, on a tour of the 7 Seas Brewing Co. brewery. Celebrate the accomplishments of billions of tiny yeast cells!

 

 Self-guided destination suggestions (all within walking distance of UWT campus):

Self-Guided Campus Walking Tour

Explore campus by checking out the UW Tacoma student-run Giving Garden, located (at the corner of S 21st St and Fawcett Ave.). See the UWT Snoqualmie building, a library housed in the former Snoqualmie Falls Power House which supplied electricity to most of Tacoma--also check out the Reading Room complete with a spectacular Chihuly glass chandelier. Explore the many LEEDS certified new buildings and the reconditioned warehouse buildings that form the core of this urban campus. End your tour with a coffee at the Metro coffee shop (central stairs of campus) or a beer at the Swiss Tavern (S 19th. St and Jefferson Ave.).
 

Downtown Tacoma museum walking circuit and map:

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