Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, Acting Director

Education Center


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Cedar River Watershed Education Center
19901 Cedar Falls Road S.E.
North Bend, WA
(206) 733 – 9421
(425) 831 – 6780

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.

View North Bend weather conditions at WeatherBug.

Upcoming Activities

  • Join Forterra for a volunteer stewardship event on October 8th from 10:00 to 2:00. Work will happen below the Education Center in the restoration area what was originally overrun by knotweed, blackberries, and other invasive species. Sign up here.
  • Learn about our Watershed Tours and Programs.
  • Immerse yourself in the proud heritage of bringing water and light to the people of Seattle. A Seattle Public Utilities naturalist will guide you on a walking tour behind the closed gates to discover the old townsite of Cedar Falls. Register for Twilight Towns of the Watershed.
  • Learn more about registering 4th and 5th grade classes for our School Programs.
  • For younger or older students we offer two Group Visits options.
  • Read and subscribe to our Watershed newsletter.
  • Find out more about renting rooms at the Education Center.


We are located about 35 miles east of downtown Seattle near North Bend.

From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 32 (436th Ave SE/Cedar Falls Road SE). Go south (right) on Cedar Falls Road for 4 miles. The Center is located near the end of the road, past Rattlesnake Lake (on right) and Iron Horse State Park (on left).

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Directions (pdf)

Links to other sites

Current Education Center Weather Conditions
Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)
Saving Water Partnership