Day Programs in Seattle and at Brightwater

We partner with teachers to connect classroom learning to real-world environmental examples in students’ own communities. We offer water-themed day-long programs at King County’s Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, science and engineering lessons in schoolyards throughout King and Snohomish Counties, and field studies of neighborhood creeks, streams, and stormwater infrastructure in Seattle.

Programs at Brightwater

Due to COVID-19, we are not currently running education programs at Brightwater, though we are thrilled to be able to offer several community events throughout the summer! We plan to reopen our education programs as soon as we’re able to do so. Please reach out to Derek Jones at for additional information.


Our four-hour programs at the King County Brightwater Center in Woodinville bring classroom learning to life, engaging students in experiential and project-based fieldwork that appeals to diverse learning styles. Programs are provided at no cost to schools and free transportation is available for those with 25% or greater free and reduced lunch rates.

IslandWood Schoolyard Program

Extend your 3rd – 5th grade students’ science and engineering learning beyond the classroom with free 90-minute lessons in your schoolyard, sponsored by King County. Offered to King and Snohomish County schools, these in-person lessons help students connect to the world around them more deeply by exploring stormwater and wastewater science right in your school’s “backyard.”


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Community Waters Field Study

We will not be running Community Waters Field Studies this year, but our upcoming Schoolyard Program also helps students strengthen their science and engineering skills while exploring stormwater infrastructure right in their school’s “backyard.” Learn more about the program and sign up to notified when registration opens here!


This outdoor field study applies Next Generation Science Standards engineering practices to a local stormwater site in Seattle. Students investigate how engineers have attempted to solve stormwater problems by using models, they test how those solutions are working, and they consider the needs of stakeholders. This program is available in three outdoor locations around the city and is made possible thanks to the support of Seattle Public Utilities.

“This was a truly wonderful science experience for my students revealing both natural habitats within an urban setting as well as our responsibility to ensure they remain. My students saw their own potential impact upon their world and better recognize how humanity and nature intersect.”

-Brent Hinson, Teacher at Lowell Elementary

“It is the type of learning that draws in all kids and is an experience they will always remember.”

-Sue Sander, Teacherat Discovery Elementary School



3 out of 4 teachers saw students making connections to the program months after participation


80% of teachers report that students made connections between the program and their home community