Joining a student group or club is a great way to explore your interest in the College of the Environment and get connected with student communities within the College. Whether you want to work on a hands-on volunteer project or just want to meet other students, get started by attending a meeting or contacting a club officer.

The UW Farm - Weekly Lunch Talk Session at GreenhouseCollege of the Environment student groups

Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

  • Fisheries Interdisciplinary Network of Students (FINS) – serves as the graduate student organization within the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and an umbrella organization for several graduate student committees; raises funds to support student travel to conferences; and organizes academic and social events throughout the year.

Atmospheric Sciences

  • American Meteorological Society – promotes the education of atmospheric sciences and provides an environment where students interested in atmospheric sciences can share experiences through social, volunteer and professional activities.

Earth and Space Sciences

  • Geo Club – encourages academic and professional interest in geology and all related disciplines by helping students to make connections and find opportunities outside the classroom.
  • “Rock”ing Out – introduces youth to science in an energetic and entertaining way through hands-on activities in the classroom led by Earth and Space Sciences students.

Environmental and Forest Sciences

  • Forest Club – promotes camaraderie between students, faculty and alumni of the School of Forest Resources by organizing social and academic events.
  • Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society – promotes a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, works for the improvement of the forestry profession and promotes a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest.

Marine Biology

  • Sea Dawgs – Builds a community of students who are passionate about marine science through social events, volunteer work, academic seminars/research and other projects.

Marine and Environmental Affairs

  • Coastal Society, UW Chapter – brings together private sector, academic and government professionals and students dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships and promoting communication and education.


Program on the Environment

Other environmentally-related student clubs and opportunities

Many College of the Environment students are involved in environmentally related student groups or activities such as the following that are not associated with a specific major or academic program:

  • UW Farm – provides a campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability; an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.
  • UWild Adventures – an outdoor recreation and education program providing support for UW students to engage in all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. UWild Adventures hosts instructional classes and outdoor trips, provides discounted equipment rental for recreational or academic use, and creates opportunities for students to build community in the co-curricular environment.
  • SEED – Students Expressing Environmental Dedication’s mission is to promote environmentally sound practices in the residential communities and dining facilities among staff, residents, and administration, along with raising awareness about environmental issues that affect students on both local and global scales.
  • WashPIRG – Washington Public Interest Research Group is an independent state-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit, student organization that works to solve public interest problems related to the environment, consumer protection, and government reform

See the UW Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Office’s online listing of environment or sustainability related UW student groups for a complete list.

Student groups that support underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) UW Chapter – the leading social-technical organization whose primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science.

For information on non-environmentally related student groups, see the RSO Directory.