JULY 10-13, 2022
Did you know the last time an NSPRA Seminar was held in the Northwest Region was 22 years ago in 1995? Washington school communicators are eager to once again share the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with our colleagues from across the the U.S. and Canada. Our request to host an NSPRA Seminar in the Northwest after such a long hiatus was denied by NSPRA staff over fears that it would not draw enough attendees to meet their financial goals. We respectfully disagree and hope you will join us in asking NSPRA to reconsider.
The Seattle metropolitan area is the 15th largest in the country, with nearly four million residents who enjoy mild summers and sweeping views of the water, forests and mountains. With cultural attractions, outdoor recreation and fine dining, Seattle has unique options to draw attendees and entertain them before, during and after the NSPRA National Seminar. Many of Seattle’s top visitor spots are within mere blocks of the Convention Center. This includes Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Pioneer Square, museums, water tours, world-class restaurants, shopping and theaters. It’s no wonder Trip Advisor recently ranked Seattle as the 8th most popular travel destination in the United States!
Since 1995, NSPRA Seminars have been held in every other NSPRA region, with many regions having hosted multiple times since then. We believe it's time for the NSPRA Seminar to show the Northwest and our region's chapters and members some love by extending its reach to the Emerald City once again. You can help us make this happen by signing our petition to the NSPRA and helping spread the message by using the hashtag #NSPRASeattle.
Another huge way you can help us bring NSPRA to Seattle is by becoming NSPRA members. If you're not already a member, you should be! Despite our difference of opinion on this issue, it's an incredible organization with an amazing staff and board. The resources, professional development, networking and support they provide school communicators across the country are simply priceless. The more members we have in the Northwest Region and as a whole, the stronger NSPRA is financially and the more likely to bring the seminar to city with less members within driving distance than major metro areas in other regions.
Catch a Mariners Game at Safeco Field
MY, OH MY! Enfranchised in 1977, the Seattle Mariners already have a smattering of milestones to their credit including four Baseball Hall of Fame inductees; Randy Johnson’s 1990 no-hitter, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. playing on the same roster, a 1995 AL West title, 2001’s record setting 116 win season, and Ichiro’s 2004 single season hit record.
The Mariners’ retro-style Safeco Field is one of the most beautiful ballparks in the country. It’s also one of only a handful of stadiums with a retractable roof (which can open or close in 10-20 min.), allowing the Mariners a real grass playing field without the worry of getting rained out.
Island Hop by Ferry
One of the best ways to easily and comfortably get out on the water is on a Washington State Ferry. Our ferry system is the nation’s largest, too, carrying 23 million passengers each year aboard 28 vessels serving ten routes. Drive, walk or bike onto a ferry leaving for Bremerton or Bainbridge Island from Seattle’s Pier 52. Among the most popular and scenic routes are the ones leaving Seattle’s waterfront. These car ferries (also open to foot and bicycle passengers) travel to Bremerton (on the Kitsap Peninsula) and Bainbridge Island.
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Catch a Flying Fish at Pike Place Market
Open year-round, this is Seattle’s most iconic attraction — and it’s filled with tasty treats. There’s so much to love about Pike Place Market. Aisles of gleaming fruits and vegetables, tables overflowing with fresh floral bouquets, and booth after booth selling all manner of locally made jewelry, clothing and gifts. It’s also a great place to enjoy many fantastic eateries serving prepared dishes. When you’re not sure what kind of food you’re in the mood to eat, just head to Pike Place Market and sample a little of everything or hop on one of several market tours that focus on food, history, or a little of both. There’s also the whole fish-throwing thing, too.
Ride to the Top of the Space Needle
Most definitely a bucket list item for many, the Space Needle is certainly Seattle’s most iconic structure. Journey skyward for amazing views, fine dining and an experience you’ll never forget. At a height of 605 feet, the Space Needle boasts fabulous 360 degree views that include Mt. Rainier, Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, the beautiful city of Seattle and beyond.
Go for a Spin on the Great Wheel
The Seattle Waterfront’s newest attraction, the Seattle Great Wheel sits 175 feet above Pier 57 and extending nearly 40 feet over Elliott Bay. A view from the top offers sweeping panoramas of the city skyline as well as Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains beyond. Each of the gondolas is fully enclosed and climate controlled to allow for year-round riding, regardless of the weather.
Go Deep at the Seattle Aquarium
The Seattle Aquarium features a stunning 40-foot, 55,000-lb. viewing window that looks into a 120,000-gallon aquarium filled with salmon, colorful rockfish, vibrant sea anemones, and other native Washington marine life. Three times a day, divers take to the waters wearing specialized masks that allow them to interact with and answer questions from the audience. Other exhibits include two touching tide pools filled with sea anemones and sunflower sea star, a pacific coral reef exhibit, marine mammals and an underwater dome, the aquarium’s largest exhibit. The aquarium is located on Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 59.