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Shake off short-day blues and banish winter boredom at Brightwater Center events


King County, Snohomish County District and IslandWood will host a series of winter workshops and fun educational activities for the whole family at Brightwater Center through March. Take a treatment plant tour, learn about a bug’s life, and prepare your garden for a lush, chemical-free summer with natural yard care tips.


Bundle up, get outside and banish winter boredom with a variety of fun educational activities for the whole family at Brightwater Center, located at 22505 State Route 9 S.E. in Woodinville.

The programs are hosted by King County, Snohomish Conservation District and IslandWood, and will feature treatment plant tours, outdoor exploring and natural yard care tips.

Brightwater Community Treatment Plant Tours

Saturday, Jan. 16 and Feb. 27
10 a.m. – noon
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 the environment! (For ages 9 and up). Register here.

Water Bug Bonanza
Saturday, Jan. 23
10 a.m. – noon
Come join us for a fun day of citizen science with the water bugs at Brightwater! You’ll venture into the great outdoors to collect water bugs from our on-site ponds and return to our cozy classroom to take a closer look. Water quality investigations and other water bug related activities will ensue. A perfect way for families with kids of all ages to escape the dreary winter days and explore the life that lurks beneath the surface. Preregister online.

What's Love Got to Do With It?
Saturday, Feb. 13
1-3 p.m.
Birds do it. Bees do it. But exactly how they do it is the question. Intimacy in the natural world boasts a wild and memorable array of reproductive techniques and strategies. At this mature youth and adults only program, the reproductive biology of our most common animal species will be discussed in the class and on the trail. Using mature and scientific language, participants will learn the truth behind courtship ritual, mating techniques, and survival strategies. Preregister online.

Natural Yard Care Classes at Brightwater
When it comes to your yard, act naturally! King County is partnering with the Snohomish Conservation District to offer a series of three classes this winter all about creating a healthy, sustainable landscape.  These classes will be hands-on workshops for folks who are new to the concepts of natural yard care practices. Classes are free to attend, and there will be giveaways as well!  Join us for one, two, or all three at the BrightwaterCenter. Preregister online:

Jan. 30, 10 a.m.-noon: Jumpstart Your Yard: First steps to creating a healthy landscape
Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-noon: Plant Right for Your Site: Selecting plants functionality, aesthetics and wildlife
March 12, 10 a.m.-noon: Watering Wisely: Tips on reducing water use and building rain barrels ($25 fee for materials)

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