salish sea sciences
Students are accepted on a rolling basis, and space is limited to 16 students for most programs. If you are interested in applying or have a question not addressed below please inquire.

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My daughter participated in the program in summer of 2017 and had an amazing experience! She did the program before her senior year of high school and it proved to be perfect for her. Her time at Salish Sea Sciences also gave her some ideas for which colleges she wanted to apply to! —Marisa H. (Parent)
Field & Lab Science
June 23 - July 19, 2019: $5,900
Application Processing: $35
International Surcharge: $300
Airport Pickup/Delivery, including ferry: $100
The Acoustic Session: Bio-acoustics & Music
July 21 - August 17, 2019 $5,900
Application Processing: $35
International Surcharge: $300
Airport Pickup/Delivery, including ferry: $100
Scientific Diving
July 21 - August 4, 2019 $3,400
Application Processing: $35
International Surcharge: $300
Airport Pickup/Delivery, including ferry: $100
Salish Sea Semester: Fall
September 1 - Dec. 16, 2019: $24,500
Salish Sea Semester: Spring
January 26 - May 24, 2020: $24,500
Application Processing: $35
International Surcharge: $300
Airport Pickup/Delivery, including ferry: $100
Next Generation Science Standards
A practicum for science educators
Dates TBD Cost TBD
Application Processing: $35
International Surcharge: $300
Airport Pickup/Delivery, including ferry: $100
Fees cover: tuition (professional faculty and staff, program materials, rentals, activities, transportation, and program expeditions) and room & board (dormitory facilities, 3 meals a day, and snacks). Tuition fees do not cover agency surcharges, supplementary insurances, personal gear, or travel to/from the greater Seattle area.
Salish Sea Sciences accepts applications on a rolling basis. To apply, please return a completed application form, supplementary program forms (if any), teacher recommendation, academic transcript, and the $35 application processing fee.
Application form for all programs
Required with your application
Academic transcript (sent from your school)
$35 application processing fee (sent by US post)
Supplementary forms
Please send completed forms to
Salish Sea Sciences Admissions
P.O. Box 326
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
Or scan and email to
Acceptance decisions go out two weeks after receipt of all materials. Within two weeks following acceptance, a non-refundable $2,000 deposit secures your spot. All fees are due by May 1st.
Helpful information for applicants and families.
Additional forms for accepted students.
Summer Program Packing List (April 2019)
Medical and Liability (April 2019)
Northwest Maritime Waiver (April 2019)
Discovery Kayak Waiver (April 2019)
Kaigani Canoe Waiver (April 2019)
Dormitory facilities
Salish Sea Sciences has partnered with Spring Street International School (SSIS) since summer 2013 for the Field & Lab Science summer program. The SSIS 5,200 sq. ft. dorm, completed in 2013, has 9 two-person rooms and two three-person rooms, a dorm-parent apartment, a relief-parent apartment, a beautiful kitchen, laundry facilities, and a light-filed 20x38 ft. living/dining/seminar space. The dorm is on the SSIS campus, a historic property at the center of charming Friday Harbor.
Travel to San Juan Island
San Juan Island is located 70 miles north of Seattle, Washington. Students arriving at Seattle's SeaTac Airport or having requested transportation from Seattle will be met by program staff on the opening day of the program and returned to SeaTac on the scheduled close of the program. Travelers arriving in Friday Harbor independently by water or air will be met on arrival as arranged in advance. All flights arriving to and departing from SeaTac airport need to coordinate with the Washington State Ferry system (see travel information link above for more information).
Liability coverage for all students is included in the tuition. International students must have medical insurance, in addition. Some international placement agencies provide coverage, some do not; please, learn of your own situation. If you need to acquire international health insurance, consider the Bell-Anderson Exchange Student Worldwide Medical Insurance Plan (about $60/month). All San Juan Island medical facilities accept the Bell Anderson plan as well as many other worldwide health insurance plans.
Staff certified in First Aid and CPR will accompany all excursions. The lead captain of the longboat voyage is a Wilderness Emergency Technician and Instructor. In the case of an emergency, Salish Sea Sciences staff will accompany and support students in need of medical services. Parents will be informed immediately of any serious issues. All islands served by ferries have paramedic services and physician-staffed medical clinics; San Juan island is served by a new state-of-the-art hospital located just up the street from Spring Street International School.
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center
With a national reputation for quality patient care and safety outcomes, and deep experience in serving rural remote communities, PeaceHealth is pleased to extend this care to the Island communities through PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. An industry leading 10-bed critical access hospital, PeaceHealth Peace Island maintains advanced equipment and technology to provide vital on-Island care, including chemotherapy, short hospital stays and diagnostic imaging. Learn more at the PeaceHealth website...