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A clean water learning space

The Brightwater Center was designed with learning in mind. It aims to educate people of all ages about impacts individuals have on water resources and the environment.

Brightwater has partnered with the non-profit organization, IslandWood, to offer programs for students in grades 3-8 at local schools. All school field trip programs are free and include hands-on activities and/or field investigations.

Click here for more information about Islandwood's elementary and middle school programs at Brightwater.

Wheels to Water program

Check out the King County Wheels to Water Program, which provides field trip bus transportation to Brightwater for qualifying schools. 

Two local non-profit organizations offer summer day camp programs at Brightwater Center. 

IslandWood Summer Day Camps offer six weeks of nature exploration summer camps for campers entering 1st-6th grade.

Friends of the Hidden River's Ground to Sound STEM Summer Camp immerses 5th-7th graders in field investigations and laboratory experiments, combining creativity and art with technology. The Grounds to Sound program also offers mentor positions for students in grades 8-10. 

Tours encourage visitors to think about responsible water use, the products they use and how everyday choices can help protect Puget Sound. Tours are available for the general public, including community groups, scout groups, home school groups, high school students, university students, professional groups, and international visitors.

Information about general public treatment plant tours.

IslandWood offers a variety of teacher professional development workshops and trainings. Classes range from incorporating school field trip curriculum to workshops on effectively integrating the natural world into classroom learning. All professional development opportunities include invitations for teachers to practice new skills, work in teams, and apply learning to classroom lesson plans.  

Brightwater Center hosts a wide variety of community and family events throughout the year. Our program schedule varies depending on the season and interest of community members, but there is always something fun for everyone!

Resources are available to teach and learn about water and the environment. Browse our curriculum, videos, and online activities to teach and learn about water.

Students exploringStudents explore the wetlands at Brightwater Center.


School group tour at a treatment plant tourTours encourage visitors to think about our water systems.


04-educationVisitors of all ages learn and discover.

King County aims to increase our communities' connection to the wastewater system through hands on and engaging learning experiences to teach learners of all ages.