Skip to main content
King County logo

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!

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!

Ground to Sound STEM Environment Summer Camp 2017
July 10th -14th 
Brightwater Center

Up for a Challenge? This year's Ground to Sound program will be from June 26 - July 1st at Brightwater Center near Woodinville, WA.   The one day Mentor/Intern training will be held in the week preceding.

Campers entering 5th - 7th grade will conduct field studies to learn how saving Puget Sound starts right here in our own backyard! Explore the woods, waters and trails in the beautiful North 40 at the Brightwater Environmental Center, near Woodinville, WA, while working with your team to learn about our natural environment.

Click here to register today!

Community Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday, July 15, 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.

JAM OUT: Free Canning 101 Workshop
Saturday, July 29, 10-12:30
CitySoil Farm, Renton, WA

Hands-on and Educational Activities include:
A brief history of canning
Preservation and Food Safety
Equipment and Methods
Preservation of High Acid Foods; JAM & PICKLING via water bath method (hands on!)
Discussion of pressure canning
Recipes to try at home

Register here today!

CitySoil Farm is a 1.5 acre learning and giving farm located at the King County Wastewater Treatment Plant in Renton. As an industrial site in an urban area, CitySoil Farm was once an unused area of the treatment plant’s grounds. It has been transformed into a teaching farm and native tree nursery that showcases sustainable farming and accessible, local food. Last year, with the help of wonderful volunteers like yourself, we were able to donate 3,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks. Come join the fun and give back! 

Community Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday, August 12, 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.

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