Environment

Moss & Lichenology 101

Event: 
Sat, 12/03/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lichens and moss are found on tree trunks, sidewalk cracks, mountain tops, forest floors – and even Antarctica! How is it that these organisms can thrive in so many diverse environments? Join us at the WET Science Center for a day of adventure and learning as we explore the awesome lives of mosses and lichens and the roles they play in our ecosystems. With common names like Fairy Puke and Golden Moon Glow, who wouldn’t want to find out more about these fascinating organisms? Presentation starts at 2pm, followed by an interactive microscope activity. Moss and lichen activities in the classroom all day.

Underwater Science: Meet an EPA Scuba Diver!

Event: 
Sat, 11/19/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Kris Leefers, Scientific Diver for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will present at 2pm at the WET Science Center on the special work of her Dive Unit. She explores both fresh and saltwater, and polluted water, throughout the Pacific Northwest. Listen to her stories, learn about her gear, and discover how her work impacts environmental programs, research, and law enforcement. Then, touch and try on real EPA dive gear. Great opportunity for a unique scuba selfie! All ages welcome. For a sneak peek visit epa.gov/diving.

What is a Watershed Anyway?

Event: 
Sat, 11/12/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

What is a watershed, and what does it have to do with me? We’ll explore the answers to those questions through a hands-on workshop where you and your family can design a watershed and engineer solutions to protect it. This 2pm program is best for ages 10 and up, but families of all ages can participate together and learn how to protect the water around us! 

Around the World in 80 Flushes

Event: 
Sat, 11/05/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

From outhouses to squat toilets and everywhere in between, the average human spends nearly 100 days on the toilet over their lifetime! But that doesn’t look the same everywhere you go. Come in for a 2pm presentation about different toilets around the world, including the International Space Station! We’ll also talk about the 2.4 billion people around the planet who don’t have a toilet and what that means for them.

Bioluminescence and Spooky Creatures of the Deep

Event: 
Sat, 10/29/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Some of earth’s spookiest creatures live in the deepest parts of the ocean. Come to the WET Science Center for a 2pm presentation that will amaze and inspire you through enchanting photos and videos of mesmerizing bioluminescence. Make anglerfish hats – a great Halloween costume option – and other bioluminescent art throughout the day.

Fall Art: Salmon and Leaves

Event: 
Sat, 10/22/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Celebrate fall by creating beautifully colored works of art inspired by leaves and the returning salmon at the WET Science Center. Design color-diffusing paper leaves, leaf or fish prints, and much more. We provide the supplies and inspiration, you bring the creativity! Feel free to bring in your own fall leaves to use in your artwork. 

Shake, Rattle & Roll – Exploring Pacific Northwest Earthquakes

Event: 
Sat, 10/15/2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Rocking! Ripping! Jolting! Shaking! This is what happens when tectonic plates collide and separate. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, a fault that runs from Northern California to Vancouver Island, is a big crack in the Earth’s crust that is part of the infamous Pacific Ring of Fire. Bring the family to the WET Science Center and make your own “earthquake wave box” and learn about plate tectonics, geologic history, and seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Presentation begins at 2pm and is best for ages 10 and up. Related activities in the classroom all day. 

 

Family Fun for Arts Walk

Event: 
Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Fall Arts Walk is here! The WET Science Center is open from 10am to 8pm on October 7 and 10am to 4pm on October 8. Enjoy family art activities and view art on display from the YWCA’s Girls Without Limits! program. On Friday, Oct. 7 from 6-8pm, young musicians will perform classical and popular music followed by a program of classical songs by pianist Jennifer Bowman and operatic soprano Cyndia Sieden.

Family Fun for Arts Walk

Event: 
Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:00am - 8:00pm

Fall Arts Walk is here! The WET Science Center is open from 10am to 8pm on October 7 and 10am to 4pm on October 8. Enjoy family art activities and view art on display from the YWCA’s Girls Without Limits! program. On Friday, Oct. 7 from 6-8pm, young musicians will perform classical and popular music followed by a program of classical songs by pianist Jennifer Bowman and operatic soprano Cyndia Sieden.

Design It! & Treatment Plant Tour

Event: 
Sat, 10/01/2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Come to the WET Science Center inspire the next generation of engineers with fun, hands-on design challenges. Build windmills, bridges, cars, and more! Then find out how the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant cleans up our urban wastewater and the steps taken to protect Puget Sound. A presentation followed by a treatment plant tour begins at 1pm. Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes.

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