Policy Tours


Please note that tours must be registered for in advance.


Tours will involve moderate amounts of walking, please wear comfortable close-toed, close-heeled shoes.



Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

The largest joint base on the West Coast, JBLM provides support to over 40,000 Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve Service members and 15,000 civilian workers, along with training, quality of life programs, and mobilization and deployment operations for Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. JBLM operates innovative programs including the Transition Assistance Program for members preparing for civilian life; the Logistics Readiness Center; the Army’s Environmental Net Zero initiative; and Mobility Guardian, a combined forces training for U.S. and allied nation military force.

Restrictions: Participants must bring a REAL ID compliant photo identification. If the issuing state is not compliant with REAL ID as of August 2017, a state issued identification AND additional documentation is required (click here for a list of approved secondary identification documents). Please click here to find out if your state is REAL ID compliant. Foreign visitors must show current passport.




The Center for Urban Waters

The partnership formed by the City of Tacoma, University of Washington Tacoma, and the Puget Sound Partnership provides a collaborative environment bringing together environmental scientists, analysts, engineers, and policymakers to develop and apply sustainable solutions to restore and protect urban waterways. The certified LEED Platinum research center is designed to be adaptable so the research mission can evolve as new issues and opportunities arise. The Center for Urban Waters includes the Washington Stormwater Center—a joint venture between Washington State University and the University of Washington.

Restrictions: A short portion of the tour is not ADA compliant (roof top, no elevator, only stairs).




Image result for The Northwest Seaport AllianceThe Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA)

The Port of Tacoma and the Port of Seattle partnered in 2015, forming the NWSA to unify management of marine cargo operations, creating the fourth largest gateway for containerized cargo in the Western Hemisphere. The economic reach of the two ports supports more than 48,000 jobs and generates $4.3 billion in statewide business revenue. At its South Harbor facilities, the NWSA is taking steps to modernize cargo terminals to ensure they handle the largest ships afloat and utilizing innovative technologies to help customers reduce their environmental footprint and move cargo more efficiently

Restrictions: Participants must bring a photo ID.



Amazon Fulfillment Center

Fulfillment by Amazon enables sellers to use Amazon’s network of more than 100 fulfillment centers and 15 sort centers around the world to store, pack, and ship products directly to customers. Washington State’s four fulfillment centers expand the number of products available for quick delivery in the Puget Sound area and provide thousands of jobs to the region. Amazon’s newest Washington fulfillment center in Kent is a nearly one million square foot robotic equipped warehouse that ships smaller orders of consumer goods.

Restrictions: Platform, open toe, open heel, or shoes with a heel in excess of 1 ½ inch high or less than 1 inch width may not be worn. Long hair must be secured above the shoulders. No pocket knives or guns are allowed. Those wearing a necktie will be asked to remove it prior to going on the tour. No photos or videos will be allowed on the tour.



https://www.tacomaschools.org/PublishingImages/yt-default.pngTacoma Public Schools

In 2012, Washington State named Tacoma Public Schools the state’s first-and-only district-wide Education Innovation Zone. Students have their pick of 18 innovativeoptions—more than any other school district in the state. Located at Point Defiance Park, the Science and Math Institute (SAMi) providesintegrated inquiry-based experiences, combining the arts, science, math, and environmental and marine studies in the unique forest, zoo, and aquarium spaces operated by Metro Parks Tacoma.

Restrictions: None.



For information on policy tours please contact:
Meagan Arndt