Fort Worden is a legendary gathering place where people are transformed through retreat, renewal and discovery.


Fort Worden is Washington's state park conference center for recreation, arts, culture, history and the environment. It is a confluence of creative learning, recreation, and retreat opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Fort Worden is a partnership of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission, resident cultural institutions and businesses and major funders, achieving financial vitality through coordination and collaboration. The partnership:

  1. Promotes personal growth and professional development through conferences, workshops, performances, exhibitions and special events for individuals and groups.
  2. Develops and manages businesses that fund annual operations; and
  3. Attracts public-private funding for capital projects and endowment.
  4. Restores, preserves and interprets the significant historical, cultural and natural resources of the area



Fort Worden State Park develops, cares for and manages the park and serves visitors, volunteers and donors through local, native and sustainable environments and economies. Activities, programs and individual visitor experiences at the park are framed around discovery of, attentiveness to, education about and deep appreciation of its specific natural, cultural and historical environments.


The economic vitality of the park is a direct function of the economic vitality of all Fort Worden State Park partners and the Port Townsend community. All businesses, programs and services at the park are dynamically integrated in demonstration of shared and interrelated core values and economic strategies.


Fort Worden State Park serves individuals and gatherings dedicated to preserving and revitalizing cultural traditions, taking creative risks and generating new practices, ideas, and conversations.


Programs, services and facilities are designed, developed and promoted to attract, welcome and be accessible to all individuals whose interests are aligned with the missions, visions and values of the park partners.