Fort Worden

NWFOTS has moved to Fort Worden State Park. Why Fort Worden? This was the first site location that we considered for NWFOTS, but eventually landed at Ocean Shores Convention Center where we remained for 11 great conferences. Most of the information for the new location can be found on the Washington State Parks website, but here is some general information below to help in your planning. Fort Worden Website

We have tried to make this information as accurate as possible. Please contact the State Park directly for park specific questions: (360) 344-4431. For conference specific info please use the email links found on the "Contacts" page for the appropriate individual. Fort Worden is one of our states greatest historical locations, and we hope you will join us as we make some history of our own.

NOTE: Once you navigate to the park website you will find the park informational links on the left under Fort Worden. If you've never been to this incredible place then come experience it for yourself. And if you've never been to the NWFOTS conference, you're definitely missing a great experience!

Housing

Fort Worden has a variety of accommodations available to NWFOTS attendees in this massive park. Reservations for housing can be made through the NWFOTS registration process. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about housing at Fort Worden.

What types of housing options are available?
Of course this depends on when you register and availability, but in general there are two bedroom, four bedroom, and a six bedroom houses available. There are also door rooms with either one or two beds.

How many nights are included when I purchase housing?
Three (3) nights; Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These are not flexible or negotiable.

What is included when I purchase housing?
All housing (houses and dorms) comes with bedding, sheets, pillows and towels. Houses also include dishes and basic cookware, but do NOT include paper towels, sponges or replacement trash bags.

Can I bring my dog or other pet?
As much as many of us love animals, unfortunately no, you cannot bring your pets.

I can no longer attend the conference but already put a deposit down for a house. Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately no. We have a clear policy stating no deposit refunds or transfers.

When is the final payment due for housing?
Total payment for dorms is due when your registration is placed. Final payment on houses will be applied to your credit card on file the week of the conference.

What do I do if I can't fill my house?
We encourage you to talk to your friends, homegroup members, or others in the fellowship to help fill your house as the committee does not have the resources to help you fill it.

Is there any other payment information I need to be aware of?
Yes, well sort of. There's a required key deposit of $30 to ensure keys do not get lost. This is a Fort Worden policy

When is the housing table open?
You may visit the housing table at the conference to get your keys. The table is open:
Thursday from 3-7:30pm and following the speaker meeting for 1 hour
Friday from 9am-7:30pm and following the speaker meeting for 1 hour
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday from 9-11am to receive your key and refund your key deposit.

Park Fees

If you register for housing with the conference registration then you will not have to pay the Discover Pass fee which as of September 21st, 2013 is $30.00. If your overnight accommodations are outside of the park you may still attend all the conference activities, but you will need to purchase the Discover Pass while parking your vehicle in the Park. For more information on the DISCOVER PASS

Getting There

Fort Worden State Park Conference Center is located in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, WA

Ferry System: For most attendees, going to Fort Worden will mean a ferry ride to get to Port Townsend. It also means that you will need to plan your travel using the state ferry system schedule. If you have never taken a ferry you will want to check the ferry hold times as summer months can be quite busy. For those coming from the North-end, you can drive to the Coupeville ferry crossing on Whidbey Island. This Coupeville to Port Townsend crossing is a small ferry and reservations are taken on this run ONLY. If you plan on taking the North-end route you will want to make reservations for your Sunday departure from Port Townsend back to Coupeville. Washington State Ferry System

From Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry to Fort Worden State Park

Depart from the ferry terminal, and drive straight (NE) on State Route (SR) 305 for approximately 13 miles. Drive through Poulsbo, and take a right onto the ramp for SR 3 to the Hood Canal Bridge - approximately 7 miles. At the lighted intersection for SR 104, take a left and remain on SR 104 for about 6 ½ miles. At the intersection of SR 19, turn right. Stay on SR 19 for 14 miles; it will merge with SR 20. Continue straight (north) on SR 20 into Port Townsend, take a left on Kearney Street, right on Blaine Street, left on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.

From Edmonds-Kingston Ferry to Fort Worden State Park

Depart from the ferry terminal and drive straight on State Route (SR) 104. Follow signs to stay on SR 104 through Port Gamble to the Hood Canal Bridge, approximately nine miles. At the lighted intersection for SR 104, turn right and remain on SR 104 for about 6.5 miles. At the intersection of SR 19, turn right. Stay on SR 19 for 14 miles; it will merge with SR 20. Continue straight (north) on SR 20 into Port Townsend. Turn left onto Kearney Street, and at the first stop sign turn right on Blaine Street. At the next stop sign, turn left on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.

From Tacoma to Fort Worden State Park

Follow Highway 16 across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and follow the signs to Bremerton, approximately 27 miles, where the highway changes names to SR 3. Follow SR 3 about 25 miles to the Hood Canal Bridge. At the lighted intersection for SR 104, turn left and remain on SR 104 for about 6.5 miles. At the intersection of SR 19, turn right. Stay on SR 19 for 14 miles; it will merge with SR 20. Continue straight (north) on SR 20 into Port Townsend. Turn left onto Kearney Street, and at the first stop sign turn right on Blaine Street. At the next stop sign, turn left on Cherry Street, and follow signs into the park.

See you all there!!