NOAA Open HouseNOAA’s Western Regional Center campus will open its doors to the public from noon to 7:00 p.m. on May 16 for its annual Open House. This year’s event highlights NOAA’s support for the maritime industry through weather forecasting, promoting healthy ecosystems, ensuring safe waterways, and protecting our coasts. NOAA’s products and services support the economic vitality of our nation’s maritime community that generates more than one-third of the country’s gross domestic product.

Location of the Open House is

3rd Annual NOAA Open House

, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA, 98115.

As part of the Seattle Maritime 101 Festival NOAA’s Western Regional Center campus will open its gates to the public on Friday May 16 from noon to 7PM!  Come explore the work NOAA in Seattle does to support the maritime industry through weather forecasting, healthy ecosystems, safe waterways, protecting our coasts, and observing our planet. Come visit us for tours, hands-on activities, movies, and the chance to meet NOAA scientists. Have lunch at the PIE food truck (12:00-4:00) while you visit NOAA. They serve up sweet and savory pies!

From ship to shore, NOAA knows maritime!

Tours will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Tours will include:

WEATHER – Take a tour of NOAA’s National Weather Service Seattle office forecast center and learn how meteorologists work 24/7 to forecast the Seattle area weather from the waters of Puget Sound to the Cascade Mountains and everything in between. Tour is 45 minutes and start times are: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30.

OCEAN ANIMALS –This tour includes rare access to the NOAA marine mammal bone scientific collection that includes Orca Whale skulls and a Narwhal tusk! Then continue on to the Fisheries net loft where you will see how NOAA manages fisheries that produce sustainable seafood. Tour is 1 hour and start times are: 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 2:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:15, 4:45, 5:30.

OCEAN ENGINEERING – Step into NOAA’s engineering workspace where engineers are hard at work building and testing new technology to collect data from our oceans.  See the evolution of tsunami sensing moorings  and learn how we can now detect a tsunami smaller than a centimeter in the open ocean.  Tour is 30 minutes and start times are: 12:30, 1:00, 1:45, 2:15, 3:00, 3:30, 4:15, 4:45, 5:30.

RESTORATION WALK (this may also be self guided at any time as well) – Take a walk with NOAA restoration experts and learn what we are doing to restore our campus shoreline on Lake Washington and habitats throughout Puget Sound.  You will also learn about the history of our campus and various art installations along the way including the Sound Garden. Tour is 1.5 hours and start times are: 12:30, 2:10, 3:50, 5:30.


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