Environment

Life in the Dark: Exploring Caves

Event: 
Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

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.

Family Fun for Arts Walk

Event: 
Sat, 04/29/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Spring Arts Walk and the Procession of the Species are here! The WET Center is open 10 am-8 pm on April 28 and 10 am-4 pm on April 29, and you can do a variety of art activities both days! Join us Friday evening from 6-8 pm for an art reception with light refreshments showcasing art by local high school students. 

Family Fun for Arts Walk

Event: 
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

Spring Arts Walk and the Procession of the Species are here! We’re open 10 am-8 pm on April 28 and 10 am-4 pm on April 29, and you can do a variety of art activities both days! Join us Friday evening from 6-8 pm for an art reception with light refreshments showcasing art by local high school students. 

Earth Day Extravaganza

Event: 
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come celebrate with us at the WET Center! Make Earth-inspired arts and crafts, and take home a native tree seedling to plant. Hear about programs and ways to get involved in your local community at the Environmental Education Resource Fair from 12-4 pm. Watch and judge 5-minute presentations from local middle and high school students at the Environmental Issues Slam from 2-4 pm. More information at wetsciencecenter.org/earthday. 

Tinkering Studio & Treatment Plant Tour

Event: 
Sat, 04/15/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Center and build, invent, and “think with your hands”. This drop-in activity seeks to inspire the next generation of inventors, engineers, and tinkerers by engaging visitors of all ages in fun, hands-on design challenges. The supportive environment encourages out-of-the-box creations.

 

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.

Navigating the Deep: How Ocean Creatures See in the Dark

Event: 
Sat, 04/08/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Imagine this – you dive into the ocean and swim so deep that you reach the zone where no light penetrates. In a place so dark, how can fish navigate? Join us at the WET Science Center for a hands-on presentation at 2 pm exploring the amazing adaptations that allow sea creatures to survive the depths, like bioluminescence, spooky special eyes, and echolocation! Anglerfish hats, fish masks, and ocean crafts in our classroom all day. 

STEAM Spring Break Activities

Event: 
Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:00am - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 4:00pm

Explore, discover, and create with a variety of hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) activities at the WET Science Center. Drop in to play any time or pre-register for one of the daily workshops. For information and registration information visit wetsciencecenter.org/steam. 

Nature’s Tree Houses: Who Lives in Our Forests?

Event: 
Sat, 04/01/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Our forests are home to creatures like squirrels, owls, and insects. But where do all these animals live? Join us at the WET Science Center for a 2 pm presentation about forest animals and their homes, including nests, dens, tree cavities, and much more. Activities in our classroom all day, including designing and building your very own tree house!

Equinox Planting Party at Darlin Creek

Event: 
Sun, 03/19/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Equinox Planting Party at Darlin Creek

Celebrate spring's arrival by nurturing native plants!  Community members are invited to volunteer with Native Plant Salvage/ WSU Extension Water Resources at Capitol Land Trust's gorgeous Darlin Creek Preserve, on Sunday March 19th.  Buds are leafing out all around us, and it’s the perfect time to be outside.

Volunteers will plant native ferns, shrubs and trees to restore the forest where Scot's Broom has recently been pulled.  NPS will provide all tools and work gloves needed.  Hot beverages and nutritious snacks will keep volunteers fueled throughout the day!

Please email nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com to register. Directions and details sent following registration.

For more information, visit http://www.nativeplantsalvage.org/calendar/

Science Café - "Comparing the Environmental Impact of Common Household Items"

Event: 
Tue, 03/14/2017 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Comparing the Environmental Impact of Common Household Items
What Life Cycle Assessments Tell Us About the Sustainability of the Products We Use Every Day

Dr. David Tyler, Charles J. and M. Monteith Jacobs Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon

7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Room 110, Harned Hall, Saint Martin’s University

Every day we are confronted with choices that impact our environment:  Local or shipped produce?  Incandescent bulb, compact fluorescent light, or LED?  Paper, plastic, or reusable tote bag?  Disposable plastic cup or reusable ceramic mug?  Biodiesel, gasohol, or gasoline?  Recycling or incineration?  Paper towels or warm-air hand dryer?  How do we really know what’s best for the environment?   Learn more about how we use life cycle assessments to evaluate the environmental impacts of common household items and the ordinary activities we carry out daily.  Warning: your intuition about environmental impacts is not always right!

David R. Tyler is part of the pioneering green chemistry group at the University of Oregon.  He received Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Purdue University and a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology.  He has been at the University of Oregon since 1985. 

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