Virtual Water Programs

A child kneels to examine a puddle during an IslandWood program in Seattle. A group of other children are visible in the background.

When It Rains, It Pours

A 3-lesson series | Aimed at grades 3 – 5


Rain is essential to our lives, especially in a region where it happens so often! This series of free virtual lessons will build students’ understanding of the interactions that stormwater has with the ecosystems and communities they inhabit. Led by IslandWood educators, these sessions include hands-on demonstrations and modeling, outdoor observations, and culturally responsive extension activities designed to connect to students’ interests, identities, and home and family experiences.


For classrooms in King and Snohomish Counties, this program is made possible through funding from King County and Seattle Public Utilities. For classrooms outside of those areas, this program is still available for free thanks to the generous individual contributions.


For more information on these sessions, please contact KayLani Siplin at Sign up here to get notified when registration opens again!

“IslandWood’s virtual experience was engaging and fun for my students. It had a high level of important content embedded in a range of experiences that brought a field trip feel to my Zoom classroom.

My students loved it, and I did too.”

– Janet Paden, Brookside Elementary School Teacher

Children wear hard hats and orange vests while taking a tour of Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Center. One child holds a clipboard and pencil.

Wastewater Engineers

A 4-lesson series | Aimed at grades 4 – 6


How do we impact the water in our communities? What are we doing to clean it up and what could we do differently? Students will learn how the choices they make on a daily basis impact the water cycle. Led by King County educators, sessions are designed to help students use the engineering design process to explore the impacts that humans have on our water system. Students will take a virtual exploration of King County’s wastewater treatment plant and learn how they can become stewards of their water system.


Please note, this program is full for the 2020/21 school year, but for more information on these sessions, please contact Katelyn Leeuw at

  • Lesson 1 – What is Wastewater and How Are You Connected to It? (Live, synchronous session)

  • Lesson 2 – Wastewater Engineering Challenge Hands-on Lab (Live, synchronous session)

  • Lesson 3 – Virtual Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour (Pre-recorded session)

  • Lesson 4 – Wastewater Stewardship – What You Can Do!  (Live, synchronous session)