Orcas 2018: Conference Site

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University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories, Friday Harbor, Washington

The conference site, University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories, is located in San Juan Island, approximately 100 miles northwest of Seattle, Washington. Situated on 484 acres of land next to marine waters, with full dining and lodging facilities, Friday Harbor Laboratories offer an ideal environment for Orcas 2018.

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Group Departure on September 6, 2018, 8:00 AM:
We will have UW vans to leave from Seattle (N22 Parking Lot in University of Washington campus) to take the participants to Friday Harbor. The vans will leave promptly at 8 AM to catch the Anacortes – Friday Harbor ferry. We recommend out-of-town participants who would like to leave with this group to arrive Seattle on Sept. 6 and spend the night in one of the following 2 hotels near UW campus: Travelodge or Silver Cloud Inn. A UW van will make pickup stops at these locations as needed. If you cannot stay in one of these hotels, please arrange your transportation to be at N22 Parking Lot by 8 AM. Expected arrival time is 1:30 PM, and box lunches will be available upon arrival at the conference site. We will not provide breakfast, so please have an early breakfast or bring your own. The same vans will take participants back to Seattle at the conclusion of the conference.

Making your Air Reservations to SeaTac Airport:
If you choose the ‘Group Departure’ option, please observe the information above and schedule your flight accordingly. You may also choose to fly to Friday Harbor by Kenmore Air (~$150 one-way). If so, it is advisable to arrive in SeaTac Airport no later than 1:30 PM on Sept 4 in order to catch the 3:15 PM or one of the earlier Kenmore Air flights to Friday Harbor. Please make prior arrangements with us (uwcei@uw.edu) for pickup upon arrival at Friday Harbor. In making your return reservation, it is easiest to fly out from SeaTac Airport after 12:00 PM. (You can fly out earlier but you’ll need to catch a very early ferry or plane from Friday Harbor.) Invited speakers: use this information to plan your travel, but please contact us (uwcei@uw.edu) directly to book your flights.

Transportation Options From SeaTac Airport/Seattle to Friday Harbor and Return:
If you do not choose the ‘Group Departure’ option, there are a number of ways to reach Friday Harbor from SeaTac Airport or Seattle: plane, seaplane, shuttle and rental/your own car.

Flying to Friday Harbor from SeaTac Airport/Seattle:
If you are interested in flying from Seattle to Friday Harbor, you can choose between airplane or seaplane travel. Please check the website for Kenmore Air. (They provide shuttle transportation from SeaTac Airport to their point of departure.) It is advisable to book by phone as the Kenmore Air representative can assist with the shuttle connections.

If you prefer to book Kenmore Air online:
For airplane travel, choose Seattle (Boeing Field) as your point of departure and Friday Harbor Airport as your destination.
For seaplane travel, choose Lake Union in Downtown Seattle as your point of departure and Friday Harbor Marina as your destination.

Shuttle Transportation to Friday Harbor from SeaTac Airport:

If you’d rather take a shuttle/ferry combination, there is van service from the airport to Friday Harbor (including ferry passage) using Island Airporter. This service only operates once a day leaving the airport at noon. Another option is to use Airporter Shuttle which operates every 2 hours throughout the day but has a connection in Mt. Vernon.

Driving to Anacortes (ferry terminal for Friday Harbor) from Seattle takes approximately 2 hours. To check the current ferry schedule visit Washington State Ferries (select ‘Anacortes/San Juan Islands’).

If you are bringing your car to Friday Harbor, you will need to arrive in Anacortes early (recommended 1 hour) as the waiting line can get long and you may get bumped off the sail time. To arrive for registration, catch the 11:55am (recommended) or 2:00 PM ferry from Anacortes.

There are pay parking lots at the ferry terminal where you can park your car and walk on the ferry. If the lower lots are full, there is additional parking up the hill (follow signs) but this is a 5-10 minute walk. Parking rates are available here (scroll down to ‘Parking’). “Walk on” tickets may be purchased in the waiting area. The ferry usually begins loading 15 minutes before departure. Fare information is available here.

Transportation to and from Friday Harbor Labs:
We will do our best to transport you to and from Friday Harbor Labs once in Friday Harbor. Please send us (uwcei@uw.edu) your itinerary to arrange pickup/drop-off.

If you have any questions, please contact us (uwcei@uw.edu).

For more information on Friday Harbor Laboratories: http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/

Photos courtesy Durmus Karatay and Sarah Vorpahl