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

Brightwater Education

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.

  • School programs. Brightwater has partnered with the non-profit organization, IslandWood, to offer programs for local schools. IslandWood is a local organization that provides exceptional learning experiences to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. All school field trip programs are free and include hands-on activities and/or field investigations.
  • Summer programs. Two local non-profit organizations, IslandWood and Friends of the Hidden River, offer summer day camp programs at Brighwater Center. 
IslandWood has been providing nature exploration summer camps at their home campus on Bainbridge Island for over 10 years and is now offering summer camps at Brightwater Center.

2015 IslandWood Camp Schedule (camps for 1st - 6th graders each week) 

Six weeks of summer camps;
Week 1 - July 6,
Week 2 - July 13,
Week 3 - July 20,
Week 4 - July 27,
Week 5 - August 3,
Week 6 - August 10
For more information and to register, go to IslandWood Summer Day Camps


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. 
Summer 2015 camp is July 6-10!
  • Treatment plant tours. 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 community groups, scout groups, home school groups, university students, professional groups, and international visitors. For details and registration, go to Tour the Treatment Plant.
  • Professional Development for educators. 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.  
  • Community & Family programs. Brightwater Center provides 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!
  • Educational resources. Resources are available to teach and learn about water and the environment.  Curriculum, videos and online activities are accessible as Educational Resources.
  • Wheels to Water program. Check out the King County Wheels to Water Program, which provides bus transportation to qualifying schools in need. 
Students exploring
Students exploring in the wetlands at the Brightwater Center.
  Students on tour
Tours encourage visitors to think about our water systems 

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Urban Environmental Education cover
Brightwater featured in Urban Environmental Education.
Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, NAAEE, and EECapacity project, 2015.
Download Brightwater: An opportunity for connection, Cynthia Thomashow (chapter 26, page 126)

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