Dear Huxley Alums, Friends, and Supporters,

Regretfully, given the growing concern around COVID-19, and at the advice of the Washington State Department of Health and the WWU Incident Command Team, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Huxley 50th Anniversary All-Class Reunion and Gala the weekend of April 24-26.

The epidemiological modeling suggest that the number of COVID-19 cases will continue to grow, particularly in our region. Based on what we are hearing from public health experts, we can expect that the virus will still pose a major challenge during spring quarter. We are also cancelling or modifying many of the other 50th anniversary events, including some Huxley Speaker Series talks and volunteer events.

This was a tough call to make - but we need to prioritize the health and safety of our alumni, students, employees, and many friends and supporters.

In the coming days we will explore options for rescheduling the reunion weekend. We’ll keep you apprised as events unfold, and will post updates at the Huxley 50th webpage.

We have also taken many other steps to plan and prepare the Huxley community for the pandemic. You can see the Huxley COVID-19 Response Plan and resource materials at the main Huxley web page -

WWU has also developed a very robust response plan, which you can review -

I’m extremely proud of Western and the Huxley faculty and staff for the great work that’s been accomplished in such a short period of time.

Best,Redwood branch


Steve Hollenhorst

Professor and Dean



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Help us celebrate!

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Celebrating 50 years...

  1. Of Huxley as the first interdisciplinary college of the environment.
  2. Of the accomplishments of Huxley alums, students, faculty, and staff, and their collective impact on society.
  3. Of building relationships with communities, alumni, students, donors, faculty and staff, and retirees.
  4. To raise money for scholarships for incoming Huxley students.
  5. To build excitement for Huxley’s next 50 years.


Alumni, Students, Community, Donors, Future Donors, Faculty, Staff, Future Students, Partner Organizations, Retirees

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Timeline of Events

Elwah River Research Group

September 2019 - Kickoff Events


Donors, alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and partners

Events and Activities

  • Kickoff in Seattle on September 26th and Bellingham on October 4th
  • Introduce the scholarship initiative in celebration of Huxley’s 50th year
  • Unveil plan for the 50th anniversary schedule of events
  • Unfurl Western Red Cedar banner with names of all Huxley alumni to be displayed the Environmental Studies Building Atrium.
  • Cake cutting in honor of Huxley’s 50th year
  • Whatcom Water Week & ALL IN for Climate Action Week

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Fall Quarter 2019 & Winter Quarter 2020

In the greenhousePhoto of Jim Helfield standing in 3 feet of snow holding the tracker he finally found

A series of activities and events will go on all fall and winter, including history projects, special issue of The Planet magazine, volunteer activities, and more.


Students, faculty, staff, donors, friends and partners

Events and Activities

  • Huxley history video project
  • Greenfire Huxley history update
  • Huxley history crowdsourced interactive timeline
  • Huxley Career and Internship Fair
  • Huxley on the Peninsulas 25th Anniversary event
  • Learning Environment Action Discovery (LEAD) program – 50 Acts of Environmental Volunteerism and Advocacy
  • Special issue of The Planet Magazine with 50 Year Theme
  • Huxley Welcome Back BBQ –alums and friends
  • Huxley Graduate Student Welcome Mixer – alums and friends invited
  • SEAFEAST, September 20-21, 2019. This is move-in weekend at Western. Come visit the WWU/Huxley booth, featuring Salish Sea maps, marine critter touch tanks, kids’ activities, and more.

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Spring Quarter 2020

Photo of classroom settingPhoto of student in Chemistry Lab

The number of activities and events will accelerate Spring Quarter.


Community members, alums, donors, students, faculty, staff, friends and partners

Events and Activities

  • Huxley Speaker Series with 50YES! theme, nine speakers series events, culminating with a major address on Earth Day
  • Huxley Classes – Faculty will be invited to utilize the 50 Years theme in their classes.
  • LEAD program – 50 Acts events
  • Roll out of special issue of The Planet, Greenfire update, and interactive history timeline

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Earth Day Week

Photo of OrcasPhoto of hiker in the sunshine walking off into the distance

April 20-26, 2020

A series of activities and events will go on all spring, including the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, history projects, special issue of The Planet magazine, volunteer opportunities, and more.


Donors, students, faculty, staff, friends and partners, larger university and Bellingham Communities.

Events and Activities

  • Salish Sea Conference – April 19-22, Vancouver BC, Canada.
  • Partner with WWU Sustainability Office and City of Bellingham on Earth Day events
  • Huxley Speaker major address, Thursday evening, April 23, 2020.

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Huxley 50th Anniversary Weekend

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April 24-26, 2020

An event-filled weekend culminating in the Saturday Evening Gala.


Huxley alumni, students, faculty, staff, friends and partners, larger university and community

Events and Activities

Friday Evening, April 24, 2020

  • Alumni gathering at a local Brew Pub

Saturday, April 25, 2020

  • All class reunion 10am – 2pm
  • BBQ picnic lunch and ice cream
  • Networking event – chance for alumni, student, and faculty to connect 2pm – 3:30pm
  • Gala Evening 5pm – 9:30pm​

Sunday, April 26, 2020

  • Hike and tours – Theme: 50 years of Environmental Progress in Bellingham and Whatcom County

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50th Huxley Graduation Celebration

Graduating Class of Huxley StudentsPhoto of Huxley students

Saturday June 13, 2020

Celebration event for the 2019-2020 graduates marking 50 years of Huxley alumni


Donors, students, faculty, staff, friends and partners

Events and Activities

  • Commencement – 8:45am, Huxley alum commencement speaker
  • Luncheon for Huxley on the Peninsula graduates and their families
  • Huxley Graduation Celebration – 2pm, continuing the 50 year legacy of making a difference.

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