The Viking Union is Open!

We are excited to announce that the Viking Union is open Monday-Friday 7am – 10pm, Saturday 9am - 11pm and Sunday 10am - 11pm.
Services have resumed operation, including Starbucks, the Bookstore, Vendor's Row and the Multi-Purpose Room is home to a Student Study Space, students can connect to campus Wi-Fi for streaming classes and ATUS printers are available in the Study Space. There is also comfortable seating throughout the 6th floor. Face Coverings are required, and Physical Distancing will be monitored. We look forward to seeing you!

Challenge Program


The Challenge Program is currently only running on-campus programming (info on the "Campus Location" page) at this time. Please check back early Fall Quarter for updates.


The WWU Associated Student’s Outdoor Center Challenge Program is accessible to WWU students, alumni and staff, as well as community groups.

Our mission is to offer a series of fun experiential activities aimed at providing groups with the opportunity to develop communication, leadership skills, trust, and cooperation. Emphasis is placed on providing a safe environment to explore issues of interactive group problem solving as well as personal growth through collaboration and individual challenges while being immersed in a unique outdoor setting.

The Outdoor Center's Challenge Program is a fun and energetic way to connect as a group, learn communication and teamwork skills, and get out of your comfort zone!


Our philosophy on the course is Challenge by Choice, which takes into account everyone's unique experiences and allows individuals to push themselves, but only to the extent they feel comfortable. 


The Challenge Program’s high and low courses are located at the Lakewood Watersports Facility on Lake Whatcom. The Lakewood Challenge Program offers a wide variety of options for meeting your group's unique goals through the use of different elements on our course. Approximately seven miles from Western Washington University's main campus, the course is accessible via WTA buses and has ample parking for individual vehicles. Parking is fairly limited, so it is appreciated if groups can van or car pool. Western Students can also enjoy the use of the Lakewood Lounge for free during the day of their challenge program. On-campus field-game focused programs may also be scheduled.


Please contact Greyson Lee at or call the office at 360-650-7532 for more information about the challenge course, or to book a program.

Office Hours:

  • Thursdays: 3:00 - 5:30pm
  • Fridays: 10:00am - 2:00pm