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About the MaST Center

Mission Statement

...To promote understanding, appreciation, and preservation of the marine environment through hands-on research, education, and community activities that highlights the beauty, complexity, and importance of the South Puget Sound ecosystem.

Diver at the MaST

Historical Overview

1960s - 1990s : Highline Community College developed an Undersea Diving Program which taught students to be commercial divers. Graduates of the program traveled the world and have worked in many locales. The program was phased out in the early 1990s.

1990s - 2003 : The facility was used to support  Puget Sound water quality research, and as a biology lab for Highline Community College.

2003 : The MaST Center was officially opened as a teaching center for Highline. Plans to renovate for a new facility began.
2006: The MaST Center was closed for construction.

June 16, 2008
: The MaST Center official re-opened its brand new facility.



Present Day

Now operating as a multi-purpose facility available for both public and private use, the new and improved MaST Center now has many new attractive features:

An aquarium containing approximately 3000 gallons of sea water in multiple tanks which display over 250 native Puget Sound species.

A 38 foot Gray Whale skeleton mounted in the entrance of the main facility.

A classroom and laboratory for college level courses available to students of Highline Community College. These students also have the opportunity to get involved in volunteer opportunities, work study programs, and partake in internships.

Research space with a flow through seawater pump system available for scientific experiments.

The MaST Center also hosts frequent events that allow any member of the community to experience the facility:

Visitors can go on an underwater adventure at Live dive events hosted on the second Saturday of each month.

Science on the Sound seminars are offered on a monthly basis throughout the year.

Community members are welcome to enjoy the MaST Center on Saturdays for free

A Yearly summer day camp is available to children in 4th, 5th and 6th grade.

Volunteer opportunities are readily available to the public through the MaST Center, including but not limited to participation on the Marine Mammal Stranding Team, hosting Water Weekends and more!