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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!

Event

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What's Love Got To Do With It?
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Brightwater Center

Birds do it. Bees do it. But exactly how is the question. Intimacy in the natural world boasts a wild and memorable array of reproductive techniques and strategies. At this mature youth and adults only program, the reproductive biology of our most common animal species will be discussed on the trail. Using mature and scientific language participants will learn the truth behind courtship ritual, mating techniques and survival strategies. Did you know there are snakes here that bear live young? Who mates suspended on a high wire of slime? How do fruit flies proposition one another? Join us for this hike as we discover the dazzling juicy secret lives of boy meets girl in the animal world.

Adults and mature youth only please!  Suggested donation is $5/family

Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event here

 

Natural Yard Care Series:

Plant Right For Your Site
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016
10 a.m – 12 p.m.
Brightwater Center

Plant Right for Your Site: Selecting plants functionality, aesthetics and wildlife 

Did you know you can plant a landscape that has visual interest year round, provides a home for wildlife, AND minimizes water, fertilizer and pesticide use?  This class will provide information on choosing the best plants for your needs, and techniques for planting, composting, and mulching that will help your landscape thrive. All participants will receive free compost samples and discount coupons for the Snohomish Conservation District plant sale!

Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event here

 

Community Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016
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 Series:

Watering Wisely
Saturday, March. 12, 2016
10 a.m – 12 p.m.
Brightwater Center

Watering Wisely: Tips on reducing water use and building rain barrels 

 Practicing effective, efficient watering techniques can save you valuable time and money!  Plus, it encourages healthy, happy plants. Yard care specialists will provide plenty of tips for getting the most out of every water drop. One way to step up your watering game is to install a rain barrel.  Stay for the second half of the class and construct your very own rain barrel!  Experts from the Snohomish Conservation District will teach participants how to build a rain barrel step-by-step.  There is a $25 fee for materials. 

 

If you wish to build your own rain barrel, please indicate so during registration and bring a $25 check made out to the Snohomish Conservation District the day of the event. 

Register to reserve your spot at this event here

 

Biology of Bugs Teacher Workshop
Saturday, March. 19, 2016
9 a.m – 12 p.m.
Brightwater Center

Are you interested in learning more about the bugs, frogs, and fish that inhabit the ponds and creeks around your school? Join IslandWood at the Brightwater Center for a fun and engaging 3-hour workshop that includes an investigation of the creatures that inhabit our on-site ponds and a discussion of ways that you can tap into your students' love of critters. We'll break out the microscopes and ID guides for this informative exploration of bug biology and freshwater habitats. This workshop is appropriate for any K-12 educator.

This workshop will include a significant amount of time in and around our ponds, so please be prepared for the conditions. Rain gear, boots and/or waterproof shoes are strongly recommended.

Clock hours will be available depending on pending approval from the Puget Sound ESD.

Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event here

 

World Water Day Celebration
Saturday, March 26, 2016
10 a.m – 1 p.m.
Brightwater Center

 

Come celebrate World Water Day 2016 with IslandWood and King County at the Brightwater Education Center. Explore the world of water; how we use it, what we do to it, and what that means for the world we live in. We’ll have activities for all ages including art projects, outdoor exploration, science experiments, tours of the treatment plant, and more. Pack a lunch, bring a friend, and visit us between 10:00AM and 1:00PM. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to guide your activities and answer your questions.

Protect and conserve water by using our GroCo compost in your gardens! While celebrating World Water Day with us, make sure to stop by the GroCo truck and take all the compost you want for your personal gardening needs. You bring the vehicle, we'll bring the compost and shovels.

There will be both family oriented and adult oriented tours of the wastewater treatment plant. Family tours of the treatment plant leave at 10:00 and 11:30. Adult tours leave at 10:00. Please make sure you register for the correct tour you are interested in below. Space is limited. Children must be 9 and up to attend a tour. Close toed shoes are required. 

Click here to register. 

 

Careers in Clean Water
Saturday, April 9, 2016
10 a.m – 1 p.m.
Brightwater Center

 

Interested in jobs that protect human health and the environment?

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.

Pre-register to reserve your spot at this free event here

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