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Brightwater Center: the Education & Community Center and Park at the Brightwater Clean-water Treatment Facility

Elementary and Middle School Programs

Islandwood at BrightwaterIslandWood provides educational field trips for students in grades 3-8 utilizing the many resources at the Brightwater Center. Field trips can accommodate up to 60 students per day, last 3-4 hours, and are free of charge. Teachers can choose from the following program options:

  • Freshwater Ecosystem Investigation (grades 3-5)
    In this field experience, students will engage in the scientific process by comparing aquatic macroinvertebrates from two pond ecosystems in the Brightwater Center natural area; designed for elementary classes studying ecosystems, habitats, or microorganisms.
  • Landforms Investigation (grades 4-5) 
    This field study connects with the in-class FOSS Landforms Unit (or similar curriculum). Students collect data such as slope, soil moisture, soil type, and air temperature in order to compare three different landforms in the Brightwater Natural Area and make conclusions about their ability to support wildlife. 
  • Humans and the Water Cycle (grades 5-8) 
    In this field experience, students will explore how humans are connected to the water cycle. They will observe what happens to the water used in their homes once it arrives at Brightwater and discover how their daily actions influence the Puget Sound watershed.

Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 school year. Please register online by going to 

For more information please contact Derek Jones at or call 206-263-8866