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Cedar River Watershed Education Center
Last updated on April 21, 2016


The Cedar River Watershed Education Center provides students of all ages excellent educational opportunities and resources to explore and gain an understanding of their rich cultural and natural heritage in the 90,000 plus acre Cedar River Municipal Watershed, the primary source of drinking water for 1.3 million people in the greater King County area.

The Cedar River Watershed Education Center is a regional education facility created as a gathering place to connect people with the source of their water. Nestled above the shores of Rattlesnake Lake in the Cascade foothills near North Bend,the Center is a gateway to the Cedar River Watershed, which provides drinking water for 70% of 1.3 million people living in the greater Seattle area.

The Center provides opportunities for thousands of visitors to learn about the complex issues surrounding the region's drinking water, forests and wildlife. It also makes accessible an extraordinary collection of over 9,400 years of human activity in the watershed and offers facilities for conferences, workshops and retreats.

The $6.08 million Education Center opened on October 2, 2001. Funding for the Center was provided through a partnership between the City of Seattle and the non-profit Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. The Education Center serves about 30,000 visitors a year. The Cedar River Watershed Education Center is under the management of the Cedar and Tolt Watershed Division of Seattle Public Utilities. Public Education Program staff have been offering educational opportunities for more then 10 years.

Contact person: Christopher Holland, Facility Coordinator, (email)

Office fax number: (206) 733-9426


 19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045
This location is NOT handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.ci.seattle.wa.us/util/About_SPU/Water_System/Water_Sources_&_Treatment/Cedar_River_Education_Center/index.asp


 The Cedar River Watershed Education Center is located about 35 miles east of downtown Seattle. From I-90 take exit 32 (436th Ave S.E.). Go south (right) on 436th Ave S.E.(Cedar Falls Road). The Education Center is 3.5 miles from the exit, just past Rattlesnake Lake.
  Nearest Bus Stop: 214, 75 minute walk

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Last updated on April 21, 2016

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Cedar River Watershed Education Center 4 Overall Experience    Experience rating
My volunteer time is my oasis.

 I have been volunteering at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center for a few years now and I truly value the experience. I generally spend my time in the library and I feel that I have the best volunteer position at the facility. I have a passion for history, especially the stories of people, places, and times that no longer exist. I see place names on maps like, “Ghost Point” or, “Iolanthe” or, “saloon” and I know there are or were wonderful stories related to these places. I want to know them. I want to preserve and share them. I feel a growing emptiness as knowledge of these places and people disappears. This emptiness is offset by picking up scraps of information through research, or more often through talking with guests of the library, staff, or other volunteers. I am lucky to be able to spend one day per month at the library and I look forward to each opportunity. Sometimes I spend my entire time without a single visitor. I enjoy these days very much as I get to quietly read and do research for hours without interruption. The peace and quiet and the beauty of the location do wonders for my psychological, spiritual, and physical well-being. On other days I will spend the entire time sharing stories, showing pictures, and chasing children around with my white gloves for them to wear. Whatever kind of day I have I come home refreshed. The experience changes me. I find my priorities realigned, my focus tuned, and my attitude much more relaxed. It is important for me to be reminded that there are wonderful, important things out there other than earning a living, paying the mortgage, fixing my truck and all of the day-to-day stuff that at times seems to engulf my whole life. My volunteer time is my oasis. It is the time when my batteries get recharged and my perspective gets retuned. I feel that I am a happier man and a better husband because of the time I spend volunteering. I am very grateful for the opportunity to spend time with my books, pictures, guests, and the staff and I hope to be able to continue my one day per month for many more years.
posted on February 12, 2008
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