Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What time and where does the March for Science start?
A: The March for Science rally will start at 10 am on April 14 in Cal Anderson Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. We will have speakers, music, and a small resource fair with organizations that support the march. We will start the two-mile march to the Seattle Center at 11:30 am.
Please use our interactive map BEFORE you come to Cal Anderson Park to familiarize yourself with activities in the park, road blockages, and bathroom stops along the march route.
Q: How do I get to the March?
A: We are encouraging everyone to use public transportation, and particularly to ride the LINK Light Rail and the Monorail. The following bus routes serve the major march locations:
Cal Anderson: Link Light Rail, 49, 10 ,11, 43
Seattle Center to Downtown: D Line, E Line, 3, 4, Monorail
Please note the 8 bus will not operate the day of the march. For updated route and schedule information call 206.553.3000 or visit http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov
We urge you if possible to take light rail into and out of the march. Also, expect that buses will likely be crowded and allow extra time to get to your destination, in case of any unforeseen events.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A hooded jacket, mobile phone, comfortable shoes, and plenty of water! And we encourage you to bring signs, banners, and moderately-sized flags. While what you write on the sign is up to you, we encourage you to bring signs with positive messages about science, what it means to you, and the good it can do in the world. We ask that you do not bring flags on poles and signs on wooden posts—we suggest cardboard posts.
Please note that large bags may be subject to search.
The MFSS is holding a food drive this year—please bring a food or cash donation for Northwest Harvest. Donations will be collected at the corner of Pine and Nagle in Cal Anderson Park. Please be advised that there will be NO parking on Nagle.
Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: Absolutely! In fact, we encourage families with kids to attend. One of our main messages is that science is for everyone—your kids may become our future scientists. Our aim is that this will be a peaceful, inclusive march; we are making efforts to ensure a positive and friendly atmosphere.
Q: Will there be bathrooms along the route of the march?
A: Yes, restrooms will be provided along the route.
Q: Is the march ADA accessible?
A: We aim to make the march as accessible as possible for everyone at all levels of ability. For more information, please see our Accessibility page for detailed info.
Q: Are service animals welcome?
A: All service animals are welcome at the march.
Q: Can I bike during the march?
A: While marchers are not allowed to bring their bikes on the march route, we highly suggest using them as transportation, as parking and space on buses will likely be limited.
Q: What items are restricted?
A: Please do not bring any of the following:
- Animals other than service animals
- Glass or thermal containers
- Laser pointers
- Mace / Pepper spray
- Structures (tents, chairs other than wheelchairs or mobility supports, etc.)
- Wooden supports for signs and placards (suggestion: use cardboard)
- Weapons of any kind
- Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
Q: Can I petition for a scientific or climate science cause?
A: Yes, there will be a special area for petitioners at Cal Anderson Park marked by a bright pink sign where you can circulate your petitions; your cause must be science or climate-crisis related. Please bring a clipboard for people to sign your petition.
Q: Will there be live music?
A: Yes! The Pebble n the Crick duo will get you charged up at the pre-march rally with folk/country/pop-style music. Then the Rise Up! action band will get on you on your way at the beginning of the March route, and the Nerdy 8-Bit Brass Band will keep you marching as you pass the Westlake Center with their version of the "Bill Nye, the Science Guy theme," Star Wars, Pokeman, and more.
Q: I want to protest the march. Do you have a demonstration area?
A: Yes, there is a demonstration area at the south side of the field to the right of the stage for protesters. This area is marked with a green circle with a flag in the middle on the interactive map. We encourage all marchers to interact respectfully with protesters. Please start a dialogue with an open mind so that everybody has a chance to learn.
Q: I am unable to attend. How can I support the march?
A: There are many ways to still show your support for science even if you cannot attend the Seattle March..
Live Stream—For those unable to attend the march in person we will be live streaming parts of the event and speakers on Facebook Live. Details to come.
Donate—the March for Science - Seattle is run entirely by volunteers and costs include bathrooms, insurance, barricades, and sound for the rally. A $5 donation goes further than you think.
Send a proxy—Have a friend or relative or colleague march in your stead.
March where you are! More than 175 satellite events will be joining with the national March for Science event worldwide. OR post/tweet a picture of you decked out in your science gear and share it on the internet with the hashtags #ScienceMarch #MarchForScience.
We look forward to seeing you on April 14th!