Cascadia Grains Conference

Presented by Washington State University Extension


For the 2nd year, the conference will be held at the STAR Center in Tacoma, WA, approximately the center of the coastal Pacific Northwest. The STAR Center boasts a LEED gold certification, excellent conference facilities, and beautiful views of Mount Rainer (on a clear day of course)! Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Lucas Patzek or call 360-867-2151.

STAR Center, Metro Parks Tacoma
3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma, WA  98409
(253) 404-3939


Driving: The STAR Center is conveniently located a few miles off of I-5 between exits 129 (S. 74th Street) and 130 (s. 56th Street) and Rt. 16.  The STAR Center parking lot is free for all conference participants.

Public Transit (Bus or Train): The STAR Center is on Pierce Transit bus route #53 and is 1/2 mile from the South Tacoma Sounder Station. If arriving from outside of the area The Sounder and Pierce Transit can be accessed from both Sea-Tac Airport and the Tacoma (TAC) stop on Amtrak. Visit the Sound Transit site to plan your public transit trip.

Car Charging Station: Drive your electric car to STAR Center, as priority parking spaces with charging stations are available.

Carpool: If you are interested in carpooling (either providing a ride for others in your area OR joining a car) please tell us your preference when you register for the conference. The conference staff will put you in touch with others in your region. Thank  you!


There are no hotel accommodations next to the STAR Center. Therefore, the conference planners recommend staying in and around downtown Tacoma. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Courtyard Tacoma Downtown
    1515 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA
    (253) 591-9100
  2. Hotel Murano
    1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA
    (253) 238-8000
  3. Best Western Plus, Tacoma Dome
    2611 East E Street, Tacoma, WA ‎
    (253) 272-7737
  4. Holiday Inn Express, Tacoma
    8601 S Hosmer St, Tacoma, WA
    (253) 539-2020
  5. Days Inn Tacoma Mall
    6802 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, WA ‎
    (253) 475-5900

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