Children and families are invited to celebrate Arbor Day at the Tumwater Timberland Library by making some simple tree-related crafts. While supplies last, the City of Tumwater will also give away free tree seedlings and other Arbor Day memorabilia. We’re located at 7023 New Market St SW, accessible via Intercity Transit route 12/13. Call 360-943-7790 for more information.
David Roberts, who writes about environmental issues for Vox, will be giving the keynote, and there'll be some closing remarks from Congressman Denny Heck. There's an agenda and details about the program online.
You may be surprised that Puget Sound is home to twelve shark species. From common sharks like the spiny dogfish, to elusive deep-water sharks like the basking shark, you’ll learn about our toothy, water-bound neighbors through all-day art projects and an engaging 2 pm presentation at the WET Science Center. We hope you swim by!
Do you know where water goes when it rains? At 1 pm, join educators from the City of Lacey at the WET Center to find out! First, see how cities are changing the way water flows to Puget Sound. Then find out how you can be the solution to water pollution! Use materials like rocks, clay, soil, and moss to build your own miniature rain garden. Finally, enjoy a friendly competition to see whose model soaks up the most water during a simulated heavy rain!
Create ocean-themed art at the WET Center in honor of World Oceans Day. You can draw, paint, sculpt, and more. Perfect for all ages and experience levels.
Are you curious about what happens to the dirty water you send down the drain? At 1 pm, see a presentation on how LOTT cleans up urban wastewater to protect people and Puget Sound. Then take a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant to see it in action. Tour participants must be ten years or older; please dress for the weather, and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.
The WET Science Center can sometimes feel crowded, loud, and bright. We are opening the WET Center on a Sunday to kids and adults with a variety of sensory differences with the goal of offering a comfortable and accepting environment. Guests can enjoy tactile activities, crafts, hand fidgets, a book nook, quiet spaces for taking a break, and all of our hands-on exhibits. Also, connect with staff from the Exceptional Families Network at their resource table. Event runs 12-4 pm and is free.
What’s the difference between glacial ice and the ice cubes in your freezer? How do glaciers form? Can life survive in and around these frozen places? Hear about these amazing slow-moving rivers of ice and how they carve and shape our world. Presentation begins at 2 pm. Glacier activities in our classroom all day.
Could you survive in a boiling hot hydrothermal vent or in the vacuum of space? Extremophiles don’t just survive in these extreme places – they thrive in them! From microscopic tardigrades to Pompeii worms, discover some of the strangest, toughest creatures on Earth. After the 2 pm presentation, join us for a special tardigrade microscope lab! Crafts and activities exploring extremophiles offered all day.
This Mother's Day, show your love for mom with decorations from Mother Nature at the WET Science Center! As May flowers bloom, it's a great time to explore botany with dried plants. A short presentation on plant biology for all ages begins at 2 pm. Plus, we'll make Mother's Day cards with pressed flowers all day!
Caves form underground, through mountains, beneath the sea, and even in ice – all through natural processes. Come to the WET Center and learn about awe-inspiring cave formations like stalagmites, stalactites, and columns. See pictures of cave-dwellers like bats, blind flatworms, spiders, and eyeless shrimp that call these dark places home. Presentation begins at 2 pm. Cave-inspired activities and crafts in our classroom all day.