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King County Wastewater Treatment Division offers treatment plant tours and hands-on educational programming for local school groups.

Come visit our facilities and learn about the importance of clean water!

PreK - grade 8

King County Wastewater Treatment Division offers programs conducted at Brightwater and South Plant that facilitate STEM education experiences for 3rd -8th graders on topics such as water systems, wastewater treatment, and the engineering design process.

All field trips are free, and qualifying schools can also access free bus transportation through the Wheels to Water program.

Brightwater Center:

Brightwater Center partners with Islandwood to offer field trip programming for grades 3-8. Learn more about field trips to Brightwater, and how to sign-up.

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South Plant:

South Plant offers field trip programming for grades 4-8Learn more about school programs at South Plant, and how to sign-up.

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King County Wastewater Treatment Division will come into your classroom and provide a free 1-2 hour presentation called “What not to flush,” which provides real-world knowledge for 6th- 8th graders on topics such as the water system, wastewater processes, and students’ connections to their water.
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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 grades.

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 8-11. 

If you are a K-5 educator, consider borrowing one of our free, hands-on education resource kits to teach about clean water in your classroom.

Grades 9-12

King County Wastewater Treatment Division offers programs conducted at Brightwater and South Plant for high school students that facilitate STEM education experiences on topics such as water systems, wastewater treatment, and the engineering design process.

All field trips are free, and qualifying schools can also access free bus transportation through the Wheels to Water program.

Brightwater Center:

Brightwater offers field trip programming for grades 9-12.  Learn more about school programs at Brightwater, and how to sign-up.

South Plant: 

South Plant offers field trip programming for grades 9-12Learn more about school programs at South Plant, and how to sign-up.

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Clean Water Ambassadors Internship Program for High School-Aged Youth

King County Wastewater Treatment Division partners with Mountains to Sound Greenway trust to offer a paid internship program for teens 15-18 years old.  For six weeks in the summer, interns learn about human and natural water systems while honing professional communication and leadership skills.  During the school year, interns will work another 40+ hours on projects that make an impact in their communities.

  • Learn about environmental and social justice issues by participating in field trips and workshops 
  • Improve communication skills through interviewing professionals, educating community, public speaking and professional writing 
  • Develop and implement project proposals designed for your school and community

Please visit the King County jobs website and search for "intern".

  • We strongly encourage applicants who are underrepresented in environmental careers and are new to exploring environmental topics.  
  • *To make your application more competitive, please participate in one of these programs:
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school group at Brightwater
Learn about King County’s Wheels to Water Program, which provides bus transportation for schools and community organizations to attend King County Wastewater Treatment Division programs.