Tours & Outreach

The HWRL provides tours for the general public and K-12 student groups, Open Houses, and technical visits for researchers, the industry, and stakeholders. The laboratory tours have four specific goals for participants to increase their awareness of:

  1. Tsunamis and coastal hazards
  2. College preparedness
  3. Engineering career awareness
  4. Research and the research process

Tours include a 20 minute presentation focusing on the tour goals, a brief wave demonstration in our mini-flume and a guided tour of our facility. These tours typically last 45 minutes. Group size is limited to 30 to 35 participants maximum per tour and a maximum of 4 tours per day. Tours are conducted by appointment only. To schedule a Tour, please fill the form by clicking here, or copy and paste the following url:


Open Houses

The HWRL typically hosts two open houses per year in conjunction with OSU Family Weekends in the Spring and Fall. The open house features a 15-20 minute guided tour highlighting active research projects and the specialized equpiment that make the research possible. On average these events serve between 600-1000 people.

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This facility is supported by the National Science Foundation (Award 2037914) and the Pacific Marine Energy Center.