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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, Feb. 11, 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.

Natural Yard Care Class

Watering Wisely:  Tips on managing water to reduce water use and runoff

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
10 a.m – noon
Brightwater Center

Watering your landscape effectively can save you valuable time and money!  You will have healthy plants and avoid paying for water that runs into the storm drain. Yard care specialists will provide advice for getting the most out of every drop.  You’ll learn about constructing rain gardens and installing rainwater catchment systems. To get you started, the Snohomish Conservation District will be selling rain barrels for $50.


Register here:

Wastewater & Stormwater Education Summit 
February 28th 
Brightwater Center

Sharing and networking conference related to wastewater & stormwater education - sharing ideas, curriculum, lessons learned with other utilities, agencies and non-formal educators.

Presenters from Pacific Education Institute, Nature Conservancy, LOTT, Earthcorps, Nature Vision, IslandWood, ECOSS, Snohomish Conservation District, Sustainability Ambassadors, Seattle Public Utilities and King County. The summit was made possible through funding provided through STORM’s Drain Ranger grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Register here


Careers in Clean Water Event
Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017
10 a.m – 1 p.m.
Brightwater Center

Join the King County Wastewater Treatment Division for a job-shadowing event to explore careers in clean water. Staff members will be leading short, hands-on sessions to demonstrate the details of their job and share the steps needed to get hired.

This event is *free* and open to all high school students. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

Brightwater Summer Day Camp 

July 3rd- August 11th
Brightwater Center

Have you ever wondered what makes a centipede different from a millipede? What an otter's favorite food is? How many critters live inside a single drop of water? Join IslandWood and the Brightwater Center for a week of engaging nature exploration and scientific investigation to find out.

Programs take place at King County's Brightwater Center in Woodinville for kids entering 1st- 9th grade.  With over 70 acres of natural areas and 3 miles of trails, Brightwater’s creeks and forests are home to wildlife including river otters, coyotes, bobcats, eagles, snakes, frogs, and a whole host of other creatures. Learn to use binoculars, collect bugs from the ponds, create art projects to take home and enjoy hours of fun on the trail and in the lab.

Click here to register today!

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