Brightwater: School Day Programs

IslandWood offers three different School Day Programs in partnership with King County at the Brightwater Center

Programs are provided at no cost to schools and free transportation is available for schools with 25% or greater free and reduced lunch rates.

  • Please read the descriptions below and click the registration link to request your date (please note that there are separate links for different group sizes). 
  • Programs are designed to last for 4 hours and can accomodate a maximum of 60 students.
  • If you are registering for more than 60 students you will have to submit multiple registrations. 

Registration for the 2018/19 school year is NOW CLOSED. 

If you would like to be added to the wait list click here.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Derek Jones at derekj@islandwood.org or 206.263.8866. 

Freshwater Ecosystems Field Study (Grades: 3rd–5th)

In this field program, students investigate the role of freshwater ecosystems in their communities. They develop an understanding of who and what lives in and around our ponds, how people use, impact, and change them, and how the ponds help us manage stormwater. This program incorporates Next Generation Science Standards.*

As part of their day, students will use science practices to:

  • Investigate a pond and the ecosystem around it through exploration and direct observation.
  • Investigate the tiny organisms that are an essential part of a pond ecosystem, including collecting samples from the pond and using microscopes and other lab tools to analyze them up close.
  • Use models to understand how the ponds were designed to provide habitat and manage stormwater.
  • Analyze their data to explain their findings.
  • Argue from evidence for changes they would make to help people and/or animals in an ecosystem.

As a result of the program, students will be able to:

  • Identify practices that scientists use to understand the world.
  • Identify the natural services that ecosystems provide to a community.
  • Make connections between the ecosystems at Brightwater and ecosystems in their own communities.
  • Understand that humans have both positive and negative effects on ecosystems.

*Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

Program dates are currently full - click here to be added to the wait list.

Humans and the Water Cycle Program (Grades: 5th–8th, ages 9+ only!)

What happens when we “borrow” water from the water cycle? What happens to this borrowed water after we use it in our homes, schools and businesses? In this unit, students will learn how the choices they make on a daily basis impact the water cycle. We’ll explore the state-of-the art Brightwater Cleanwater Treatment Facility and see how engineers have designed a system to clean our water and protect human and environmental health. The Humans and the Water Cycle program is designed for classes that are studying human impacts on the water cycle, wastewater, water use, urban infrastructure, and STEM careers. This programs involves a tour of the Brightwater Treatment Plant and is only for students aged 9 and up. Hard hats and vests will be provided for students. Closed-toe shoes are required for this program.

As part of their day, students will:

  • Explore a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility through the context of the engineering design process.
  • Engage in argument about their personal choices as they relate to water.
  • Explore different water careers and how they connect to human and environmental health.
  • Discuss the different water issues facing communities around the globe.

As a result of the program, students will be able to:

  • Explain the role that wastewater treatment plays in protecting human health.
  • Explain how their personal choices impact both built and natural water systems.
  • Identify how their learning connects to their personal experiences, prior content knowledge, and community.
  • Describe the engineering design process and identify how they have used this process in their daily lives.

Program dates are currently full - click here to be added to the wait list.

Engineering Landforms Field Study (Grades: 4th–5th)

In this field program, students actively engage in the engineering design process to tackle stormwater engineering problems. This program incorporates Next Generation Science Standards* and supports the content in the FOSS Landforms Unit, the STC Land and Water Unit, the Community Waters Unit. Topics including erosion, deposition, stormwater, and environmental engineering.

During the day, students will use an Engineering Design Process to:

  • Define a stormwater problem using a model in the lab.
  • Investigate the design of Brightwater’s streams, hills, and wetlands to gather data that will help them develop a solution for their stormwater problem.
  • Apply their knowledge back in the lab to design solutions, test them in their models, and optimize their designs.

As a result of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain how an Engineering Design Process can help them develop solutions to problems.
  • Make connections between a stormwater model and stormwater in the real world.
  • Recognize ways that engineers build features to slow down water and reduce erosion.
  • Design and defend a solution to an engineering problem using their observations and data;
  • Understand the effects of human decisions on the land, both positive and negative.
  • Identify the ways they could positively affect stormwater systems in their own communities.

Please note: This program DOES NOT include a treatment plant tour.

*Next Generation Science Standards is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.

Program dates are currently full - click here to be added to the wait list.