Conferences, Field Trips, and other groups may apply to visit FHL from September through May, with applications accepted up to one year in advance. Please note that March and September are our busiest months for conferences and those dates fill up quickly. Our quietest months are December through February.


The campus of FHL has three dormitory buildings as well as numerous other housing units of various sizes and kinds.

The dormitories consist of eight single-occupancy and 25 double-occupancy rooms, for a total of 58 single beds. Each dorm room has one or two beds, dressers, and desks. Two of the three dorm buildings have men’s and women’s restrooms with showers; the third has access to bathrooms through a covered breezeway to the other dormitory buildings. The 15 Huts are small buildings with electric light and heat; each is approximately 125 square feet and furnished with one or two beds, a small desk, and a dresser. The Huts are a short walk from restrooms and showers in the dorm buildings.

Other housing units include twelve (studio, one-, and two-bedroom) apartments, twelve two-bedroom cottages, and eight (one- and two-bedroom) duplex units. All of these units include kitchen, bathroom, living/dining area, and basic furniture, and are equipped with dishes, silverware, pots and pans. These units are available when the dorms and huts are occupied or for those conference participants with families or special needs.

For additional information, please emailĀ or phone 206-221-4098.

Food Service

Food service is provided by FHL’s Dining Hall. All conferences and field trips are expected to have their meals in the Dining Hall except during the occasional times when the Dining Hall is closed. After a group has secured space in our housing facilities, group organizers should contact Laurie Spaulding at 206-616-0698 or to arrange for meals. If the Dining Hall is closed, small groups staying in the dorms or huts will be given access to the Commons kitchen for food preparation.

Alcoholic beverages: If a group plans to serve alcoholic beverages at FHL, the organizers are responsible for obtaining the required University of Washington approval AND Washington State permits. They should first submit an Alcohol Service Request to the University of Washington Office of Special Programs. If UW approves the request, organizers must then purchase a Washington State Banquet Permit from the WA State Liquor Control Board. The Banquet Permit and a copy of the approval letter from UW must be posted at each alcohol service location on campus. Please refer to the UW Office of Special Programs Alcohol Service Information for complete details.

Meeting Rooms

Equipment available for use in our meeting rooms includes: LCD projector, slide, and 17mm projectors; PA system; ten bifold poster kiosks, each one with four spaces (47″ wide x 41″ high) for posters; and VCR/Monitor.

The Commons is a large room adjacent to the dormitories, with a maximum occupancy of 75. It has blackboards, projection screen, large folding tables, chairs and a small kitchen. The room can be darkened. If you would like to use the Commons, please let us know in your application how you’d like it to be set up for your meeting: classroom style (table and chairs), stadium style (chairs only), etc.

The Lecture Hall is located next to the Dining Hall, and has a maximum occupancy of 75. It has a whiteboard, projector, screen, and table/chairs. The room can be darkened.

The Dining Hall has a maximum occupancy of 150 people. It is equipped with round tables, chairs, fireplace with upholstered seating, piano, ping pong table, projection screen, and pull-down shades to darken the room.

The Computer Room is in a building adjacent to the Fernald Building. The room easily seats 18 people at tables, and has 15 student iMacs, a larger presenter iMac, projector, and screen. Light from windows is minimal.

The Fernald Classroom is a small room in the Fernald Building that seats 14 around a large table. It has a projector and whiteboard. Light from windows is minimal.

The Conference Room is also in the Fernald Building. It is furnished with couches, a large table that can seat 12, and a projection screen. It can be set up with a projector, and has curtains to darken the room.

Marine Equipment

A 58-foot research vessel, the R/V Centennial, is available for groups. It is equipped for dredging, net hauls, ROV and CTD deployment and water sampling, and has a total capacity of 34 people. For additional information and scheduling, contact Derek Smith (

Rowboats are also available. If your group is interested, contact Kristy Kull ( in advance to schedule a rowboat orientation, required for anyone wishing to use the boats who has not attended an orientation in the last six months.

Campus Tours

Tours of FHL may be available during your visit, depending on availability and weather. Please contact Michelle Herko for more information and to schedule a tour.

Costs for Conferences

We have two different rate structures for conferences: UW Budget Conference Rates, for expenses paid directly from a UW budget, and Standard Conference Rates, for expenses paid otherwise. In either case, rates are lower for students than for non-students. Anyone who is not enrolled in a school, college or university will be charged the non-student rates.

Conference Fee: Each conference participant will be charged a daily conference fee in addition to housing and dining charges. Accompanying family members will not be charged conference fees.

Housing Rates: Housing rates are per unit.

Dining Rates: In addition to standard breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, the Dining Hall can accommodate special meal requests, provide fruit or snack trays, coffee service, etc., at additional cost. Please contact Laurie Spaulding for details.

Costs for Field Trips

A field trip consists of faculty and a group of enrolled students who come to FHL in pursuit of marine, field, or laboratory studies.

We have two different rate structures for field trips: UW Budget Rates, for expenses paid directly from a UW budget, and Standard Rates, for expenses paid otherwise.

How to Apply to Hold a Conference or Field Trip at FHL

Start by emailing us the following information (below). After we’ve confirmed a reservation for your housing and meeting spaces, you can contact Laurie Spaulding at to arrange for meals.

If your group needs to cancel or change its reservation, please notify us at least three months prior to the reservation date.


Copy and paste the following questions and email them, with your answers, to

Conference/Field Trip Application

  1. Organization requesting facilities:
  2. Purpose AND Subject of event (please be specific, and describe activities or attach agenda):
  3. Contact person – name, position, department, institution, address, email, and cell number (for contact while you are on campus):
  4. Requested dates of arrival and departure at FHL (preferably provide some choices, in order of preference):
  5. Est. times of arrival and departure:
  6. Est. number of high school student participants:
  7. Est. number of undergraduate student participants:
  8. Est. number of graduate student participants:
  9. Est. number of non-student participants:
  10. Est. number of others (e.g. family members) accompanying above participants:
  11. Requested type(s) of housing AND whether one or two persons per bedroom:
  12. Requested meeting space(s):
  13. Requested A/V or other equipment for meeting space (e.g. poster kiosks):
  14. If you are requesting the Commons, how would you like chairs and tables (and poster kiosks) set up for your group?:
  15. Requested lab building(s):
  16. Requested boat use (rowboats and/or R/V Centennial):
  17. Will alcoholic beverages be served? (visiting group is responsible for obtaining approval from UW and subsequently purchasing permits from the state):
  18. Bill to: (name or UW budget #):
  19. Billing address (MUST include UW Box number for UW budgets):

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