What do beavers, salmon, bears, bumblebees, and construction managers all have in common? They are all engineers of their ecosystems! Come and learn about the amazing organisms around the Pacific Northwest that shape our environment. Presentation begins at 2pm, followed by a hands on building activity.
During the Pleistocene Epoch, Washington was shaped by glaciers creeping across the land. Who could survive in this often frozen landscape? Come for a 2pm presentation to learn about the giant animals that made Washington their home once upon a time, including mammoths and sabertooth tigers. We’ll also learn about some of the earliest human settlements during this epoch and what archeologists know about life for our prehistoric neighbors.
From airplanes to wind turbines, learn about amazing creations mimicked from nature. Through observations of our natural environment, scientists have created some of the most important inventions of our lifetime. Presentation begins at 2pm, followed by a hands-on STEM building activity designed to stimulate the creative mind. Other related activities will be available all day in the classroom.
Get creative and celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun art projects expressing your love for Puget Sound and all the amazing creatures living there. Or design a card for that special someone in your life.
We are excited to offer our first Sensory-Friendly Sunday in partnership with South Sound Parent to Parent. 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, and all of our hands-on exhibits. A limited number of noise cancelling headphones and other sensory supports will be available. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and we will offer a quiet space for taking a break. Also, meet professionals, advocates, and Helping Parents through South Sound Parent to Parent’s resource table. Event runs 12-4pm and is free.
You may be asking: is it octopuses or octopi? Just how smart are they? How do they change the color and texture of their skin? During this engaging 2pm presentation, we’ll find out the answers to these questions and more while exploring octopus adaptations through hands-on activities. We’ll also create octopus-inspired artwork all day in our classroom.
If you’re curious about our northwest amphibians then this fun, informative workshop with Stream Team and herpetologist Dr. Marc P. Hayes is for you! You’ll explore the ecology, habitat needs, and unique characteristics of local species. Space is limited. To register for this 9:30-11am workshop, or the egg mass identification field training following the workshop, visit www.streamteam.info and click on “Register.” WET Center visitors can explore the world of amphibians through arts, crafts, and inspirational media throughout the day.
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 Center to 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.
Join Stream Team and guest speaker Mary Dessel for an entertaining fact-filled talk all about adaptations of bugs. You will learn about insect anatomy, body structure, and how bugs have evolved to feed on certain plants. Space is limited. To register for this 10am-12pm workshop, visit www.streamteam.info and click on “Register.” WET Center visitors can enjoy bug-inspired arts and crafts throughout the day.
Come in to the WET Center to build, hack, 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 1pm, 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.