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What's going on at the Brightwater Center

The Brightwater Center features a wide range of free public programs and events throughout the year. Come visit for a tour or workshop to learn and discover!

Community Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Brightwater Center
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 our water!

Participants must be at least 9 years old. 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.

NGSS in Action: Engineering Solutions in Your Community
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m-12 p.m
Brightwater Center

How does engineering relate to solving problems in your community? Learn how IslandWood is using the engineering design process to help students investigate local stormwater problems, seek “stakeholders” input, and develop solutions. Then we'll work together to figure out how our approach is adaptable to different topics and the students in your community. Register here. 


IslandWood programs are typically designed for 3rd - 5th grade students but the content of this workshop is appropriate for any K-8 teacher. Clock hours are available pending approval from the Puget Sound ESD.

Do Your Dahlias Right:  How to Dig, Divide and Store for Winter 
Saturday, October 14, 2017
10 a. m. - noon
Brightwater Center

Fall is just around the corner, and it’s time to prepare your dahlias for next year’s growing season.  Join us for a hands-on class to learn how to properly dig, divide and store dahlia tubers for winter.  Local dahlia experts Walt Jacenko and Caedmon Liburd will lead this workshop, answer questions, and impart any and all of their dahlia knowledge.  Participants will be able to take free dahlia tubers and monthly guides home with them!

Register for this event here

Community Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday, October 28, 2017
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 at least 9 years old. 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.

NGSS in Action: Taking Action With Your Students
Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m- 12 p.m
Brightwater Center

What if your students want to actually make a change in their neighborhood? Explore how engineering design can be applied by your students to make a difference in their community. Learn about some of the groups you might partner with and mini-grants that could help out. Discuss real world constraints and practical small-scale solutions and come up with a plan for how your students might carry their ideas into action. Register here. 


IslandWood programs are typically designed for 3rd - 5th grade students but the content of this workshop is appropriate for any K-8 teacher. Clock hours available pending approval from the Puget Sound ESD.
Come visit

The grounds are open dawn to dusk daily.

The Brightwater Education and Community Center is open to the public Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Directions to Brightwater