We offer a variety of educational programs. Presentation length and content can be tailored to best meet the needs of the group. Specific concepts can be emphasized based on learning objectives and programs that support the Next Generation Science Standards. Our education programs are designed for students fifth grade and older. If you have younger students, we encourage you to see the program options at the Hands On Children’s Museum.
- Wastewater Treatment: A Look at Systems
LOTT’s Budd Inlet Treatment Plant has cleaned our urban wastewater since the early 1950s, and now offers the highest level of treatment on Puget Sound. Learn how we do it, including how we produce and use reclaimed water. Students will explore natural and human-made systems, including the urban water cycle. An introduction to ecosystems provides the framework for discussing the role of decomposers in wastewater treatment. A tour of the wastewater treatment plant and a microscope lab follow the presentation.
- Drops & Watts: The Water-Energy Connection
There are many links between energy use and water use that aren’t so obvious. Students will discover these connections by learning how sources of energy require large amounts of water and how energy is used to move and clean our water. So when you conserve one, you conserve the other. Students will explore water footprints, sources of electricity, fossil fuels, climate change, population growth, green building, and green jobs of the future. A tour of our LEED Platinum rated building follows the presentation.
- Mighty Microbes: Superheroes of Sludge
We’ll explore how our wastewater treatment process works and the role of microorganisms in our process. Following the presentation, students will put on a lab coat and gloves, and take a look at some tiny microbes in action under the microscopes. A visit to LOTT’s water quality lab offers an opportunity to learn about the scientific process and meet a water quality analyst.
- Shrink Your Water Footprint
How much water do you use? Watch a fun, engaging presentation about how to calculate your “water footprint”. This is the total amount of water you use, including all the hidden water you use that comes from your food, energy, and the products you buy. You’ll leave with a new understanding of your water use and ideas for conserving water at home.
- After the Rain: Protecting Puget Sound from Stormwater Pollution
Scientists have identified stormwater pollution as the leading threat to the water quality of Puget Sound. Where does this pollution come from? It comes from all of us! Pet waste, car fluids, lawn chemicals all contribute to this growing problem. Watch a demonstration watershed model and learn about actions we can all take to prevent this kind of pollution. Then watch the short film “Lost and Puget Sound: Restore our Waters”.
- Marine Life of Puget Sound
Take a virtual field trip to learn about the fascinating marine creatures living in Puget Sound. Beautiful photos and videos showcase the wide variety of life found under the water’s surface. Students will learn surprising facts about the physical and behavioral adaptations that allow animals to protect themselves and find food. This presentation highlights the importance of wastewater treatment and reducing stormwater pollution to protect water quality and marine life. Students will learn how to reduce stormwater pollution by changing behaviors and educating others.
We offer a variety of tours to support your learning objectives. Take a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant, our LEED Platinum rated green building, another LOTT facility, or explore the wetland and stream at the East Bay Public Plaza as part of your visit. Tours of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant are limited to visitors 10 years of age and older. Plant tour visitors must wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes and dress for the weather.
Schedule Your Visit
Programs and tours must be pre-arranged. We ask that you contact us at least three weeks prior to your preferred visit date. Our calendar fills up quickly, so the farther you can plan in advance, the better.
To schedule a program, contact us at (360) 664-2333 or send us an email.