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Welcome spring with Brightwater Center education events


Celebrate spring at Brightwater Center with a variety of educational workshops, events and treatment plant tours for youth and adults. Explore environmental careers, get gardening tips and develop an appreciation for nature. We’re also taking registration for youth summer camp programs.


Spring has sprung and the fun is just getting started at Brightwater Center.

King County and IslandWood will host a number of educational workshops, treatment plant tours and events geared toward youth and adults. Grow gorgeous dahlias, explore the world of birds and learn about career opportunities in the environmental field through workshops and summer day camps for youth.

Brightwater Center is located at 22505 State Route 9 S.E. in Woodinville. Click on the links for more information about registration.

Careers in Clean Water
Saturday, April 9
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brightwater Center

Interested in jobs that protect human health and the environment?

Join the King County Wastewater Treatment Division for a job-shadowing event to explore careers in clean water. Employees will lead short, hands-on sessions to demonstrate the details of their job and share the steps needed to get hired.

Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event here

Community Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday, April 23
10 a.m. – noon
Brightwater Center

Come to Brightwater and find out how your wastewater gets cleaned! Tour the treatment plant, learn about our amazing water system, and what you can do every day to protect our water!

Participants must be age 9 or up. Pre-registration is required via the King County Wastewater Education website. Note: The registration page is used for a variety of groups and events. In the "appointment details" section, indicate that you are registering for a Saturday community tour.

The Dirt on Dahlias
Saturday, April 30
10 a.m. – noon
Brightwater Center

Spring is the perfect time to learn the secrets of growing beautiful dahlia flowers that will make your garden pop with color through the fall. Join local, expert dahlia growers as they walk us through the different aspects of growing dahlias—from soil health to planting and pruning. We’ll have dahlia cuttings to give away, dahlia catalogs, and plenty of information to set you on the path toward dahlia success.

Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event here.

Feather Fest
Saturday, May 7
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brightwater Center

Celebrate birds at the Brightwater Education Center! Our feathered friends are back from their long journey and Brightwater is celebrating Migratory Bird Day to mark the occasion. We'll have bird walks for adults and families, bird skins to investigate, bird art activities and crafts, giveaways, birding workshops, and we'll be joined by the bird experts from the Seattle Audubon Society and PAWS. Bring family, friends, and binoculars, and learn all about migratory birds and why they're so important! This is a free, family-friendly event. 

Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event here.  

Ground to Sound STEM Environment Summer Camp 
June 26 - July 1
Brightwater Center

Up for a challenge? This year's Ground to Sound program will be from June 26 - July 1 at Brightwater Center near Woodinville. The one day Mentor/Intern training will be held in the week preceding.

Campers entering fifth through seventh grades will conduct field studies to learn how saving Puget Sound starts right here in our own backyard! Explore the woods, waters and trails in our beautiful North 40 nature area.

Click here to register.

Brightwater Summer Day camp 
July 5 - Aug. 12
Brightwater Center

Have you ever wondered what makes a centipede different from a millipede? What an otter's favorite food is? How many critters live inside a single drop of water? Join IslandWood and the Brightwater Center for a week of engaging nature exploration and scientific investigation to find out.

Programs are geared toward youth entering first through ninth grades. With over 70 acres of natural areas and three miles of trails, Brightwater’s creeks and forests are home to wildlife including river otters, coyotes, bobcats, eagles, snakes, frogs, and a whole host of other creatures. Learn to use binoculars, collect bugs from the ponds, create art projects to take home and enjoy hours of fun on the trail and in the lab.

Click here to register.

For more information or to arrange reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, please call Kristin Covey at Brightwater Center at 206-263-8856 or 711 TTY Relay.