Brightwater Explorers

Learn, Explore, and Discover In-Person or Online

Join us for a guided exploration of the Brightwater Education Center! While we are currently unable to hold day programs at Brightwater due to COVID-19, Brightwater’s trails and natural spaces are still open for exploration – whether you’re able to visit in person or investigate from home. Check out the videos below to explore some of our favorite locations at Brightwater from afar, or visit Brightwater in person and bring along a copy of our Brightwater Explorer Journal for activities and discussion questions to guide your explorations. Thank you to King County for partnering with us on this guided tour.

 

 

 

A photo of one of the ponds on the grounds at the Brightwater Treatment and Education Center.

Visit Brightwater

IslandWood partners with King County to provide experiential learning experiences at the Brightwater Education Center, a state-of-the-art facility attached to King County’s newest and most innovative wastewater treatment plant in Woodinville.

 

While we are currently unable to hold educational programs at Brightwater due to COVID-19, the treatment center’s 70 acres of trails, open spaces, and wildlife habitats are still open and offer ample opportunities for exploration, which is why we are so excited to provide this guided tour experience. If you’re able to visit Brightwater’s natural spaces in person, we highly recommend it!

 

Brightwater’s natural areas are open to the public from dawn to dusk each day. It is located at 22505 State Route 9 SE Woodinville, WA 98072-6010.

Location 1 | Let’s Get Started!

Welcome to Brightwater! Follow along with the activities ...

Location 2 | What’s Growing in the Garden?

The garden at Brightwater is a special place. Watch the v...

Location 3 | Search for Stormwater

Watch this video to learn what happens to the rain that l...

Location 4 | Water Bugs and Wildlife

Storm Pond doesn’t just collect stormwater. It’s also hom...

Location 5 | Otter Pond Explorations

Otter Pond was created to provide a healthy habitat for l...

Location 6 | What’s a Wetland?

A wetland is a special place for the ground stays full of...

Location 7 | Taking a Break at Sapsucker Creek

We named this creek Sapsucker Creek after the Red-Breaste...

Location 8 | Climbing the Peaks of Brightwater

How many of Brightwater’s five hills can you climb? Once ...

Location 9 | Mission to the Top of Snail Hill

Snail Hill is named for the spiral-shaped trail that lead...

Location 10 | Finding Solitude on the Forest Loop

Welcome to the forest loop trail! This is a great time to...

Location 11 | North Fork, South Branch

If you’re here on a sunny or dry day, you’ll want to watc...

Location 12 | Grandfather’s Wisdom

This is a welcoming longhouse, featuring carvings of orca...

Location 13 | Bio Boulevard & Water Molecule

Artist Buster Simpson created Bio Boulevard and Water Mol...

Location 14 | The Peak of Mount Brightwater

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the top of the highest...

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