Staying & Doing Research at FHL

For Scientists, Student Researchers, FHL Course Instructors, & Others

If you are a student enrolled in an FHL Course, Apprenticeship, or Internship

See Taking FHL Courses, for information on student living, arrival & departure, and more.

If you are a participant in a Conference, Retreat, Field Trip, or Workshop

See the information for about Visiting FHL for group participants.

Others: Read On 

The First Step

Submit a Visitor/Researcher Application. This is necessary even for instructors/TAs/mentors for FHL courses, apprenticeships, and internships, as it informs the Visitors Coordinator of arrival/departure dates, type of housing preferred, and number of accompanying family members.

Upon receiving an application, the Visitors Coordinator will contact you to discuss a reservation for housing and research facilities. After your stay has been confirmed, refer to these pages (menu items on the right) for answers to your questions about staying and working at FHL: from where to go when you arrive, whom to contact in emergencies, and the rules for rowboat use to how to check out items from the stockroom and use the FHL computers.

A Note about COVID-19

The policies and procedures described on these pages apply during normal, non-pandemic times. Many have been revised under COVID-19 prevention regulations. Please carefully review the latest information on current procedures under FHL COVID-19 Response, read all communications you receive from FHL staff, and take note of posted signage on campus.


Staff in the Front Office, Stockroom, and Computer Lab are available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. On evenings and weekends, they are not available to assist visitors, take payments, or receive/send out mail and packages. Please plan accordingly. For urgent after-hour requests, you may call the FHL caretakers: 360-298-0220.

Important Contacts

Fernald Front Office (M-F, 9-5): 206-543-1484
FHL Whiteley & Office Manager (M-F, 9-5):
Caretakers Michelle & Mike Herko (for urgent needs after office hours): 360-298-0220.

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