Central Washington University
Founded in 1891, the 350-acre Central Washington University campus (400 E. University Way, www.cwu.edu) makes for a nice sunny stroll. For tours of the campus, call the Admissions Office at 509/963-1262. A Japanese Garden near the center of campus is open year-round and contains interesting Japanese lanterns and grounds landscaped with dozens of types of plants, including cherry trees donated by the Japanese Consulate General.
The Sarah Spurgeon Art Gallery (509/963-2665, www.cwu.edu/~art) exhibits student and professional alumni art on a rotating basis, as well as offering talks on occasion.
CWU’s Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute (509/963-2244, www.cwu.edu/~cwuchci) houses the research project geared toward training chimpanzees to use American Sign Language to communicate with humans and each other.
Visitors can attend fascinating two-hour-long Chimposiums ($10 adults, $7.50 students) on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Reservations are recommended, and attendees must be over the age of 16.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition