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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 (pdf) in the Cascade foothills, the Center is a gateway to the Cedar River Municipal Watershed, which provides drinking water for 70% of the 1.4 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. There are a variety of ways to connect to the source of your water and the Cedar River Watershed.
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- Wondering About Wildlife is a free family fun day, January 2nd 10:00 – 3:00.
- Learn more about our Watershed Tours and Programs.
- Registration for 2014-2015 School Programs opened June 1 and is now full.
- Open for weekends year-round, check the Center hours.
- Read and subscribe to our Watershed newsletter.
- Find out more about renting rooms at the Education Center.
The $7 million Cedar River Watershed Education Center opened on October 2001. Funding for the Center was through a partnership between the City of Seattle and the non-profit Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.
We are located about 35 miles east of downtown Seattle near North Bend.
Take I-90 east to exit 32 (436th Ave S.E- Cedar Falls Road.). Go south (right) on Cedar Falls Road for 3.5 miles. The Education Center is located at the end of the road, 3/4 mile past Rattlesnake Lake (on right) and Iron Horse State Park (on left).