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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!

World Water Day Celebration
Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Brightwater Center


Come celebrate World Water Day 2017 with IslandWood and King County at the Brightwater Education Center in Woodinville. We’ll have fun activities for all ages including art projects, science experiments, tours of our wastewater treatment plant, and more. Explore the world of water: how we impact it, how we clean it, and what each of us can do to protect it.

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. These last about 1 hour each. An adult tour leaves at 10:00, which lasts 2 hours. 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. The tour requires going up and down stairs, about a mile of walking, and wearing our personal protection gear.

This day of activities is brought to you in collaboration with IslandWood, King County, and KUOW.

Register here


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

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.

Community Treatment Plant Tour
Saturday, Apr. 8, 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.


Teachers on the Treatment Plant (Teacher Professional Development)

South Treatment Plant in Renton

Saturday, April 8th 9:00AM-12:00PM



Ever wonder what happens to the water that goes down your drain or is flushed down the toilet? Curious how issues of water use and conservation can interest your students and integrate concepts from the Next Generation Science Standards? This three-hour teacher workshop at the South Treatment Plant in Renton takes an insiders look at one of King County's wastewater treatment facilities, unveiling the mysteries of wastewater treatment and providing teachers with resources to incorporate into classroom learning environments. Presented in partnership between IslandWood and King County.

This workshop includes a tour of the South Treatment Plant (long pants and closed-toed shoes are a requirement) as well as additional time to explore some of our water career lab activities and workshop how you might use this content in your classroom. Appropriate for all K-12 teachers.

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

Register 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