February 20, 2019 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

How does something as precious as rain become an environmental hazard? When roads and roofs keep it from soaking into the ground, rain flows through gutters and storm drains into our waterways, picking up pollutants, such as lawn fertilizers, oil, and even sewage, along the way.

March 07, 2018 / The Trailhead / Tamar Kupiec

Washington State formally adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013, but to many teachers, they still feel new. With an increased emphasis on engineering, the standards call for students to study natural phenomena and to use their scientific understanding to solve problems in their communities.

August 29, 2017 / The Trailhead / Cara Lommen

When asked to describe a typical day in the office, Max Honch breaks out into a smile that clearly says “that doesn’t exist.” But variety is what he loves about his job as the Urban Programs Lead Educator at King County's Brightwater Education Center—and the reason h

April 19, 2016 / The Trailhead / Derek Jones

During a recent school program at King County's Brightwater Education Center I asked a classroom of students from Discovery Elementary, “What happens in a big rain storm at your school or in your neighborhood?”  Discussions at tables were especially lively

January 31, 2014 / Insights from Ben Klasky / Ben Klasky

At our Brightwater programs in Woodinville, we teach extensively about water conservation, and we also teach about energy usage.