Cedar River Watershed newsletter, Issue 24
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Connecting people to the source of Seattle's drinking water, inspiring confidence, stewardship and sustainability.
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Meet the Educators

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Cedar River Watershed Education Staff: (from left to right) Pierre LaBarge, Anna Constance, Katie Klahn, and Julie Stonefelt

This winter the Cedar River Watershed Education staff is offering their 2nd annual Winter Weekend programs. These programs are free and family-oriented. Last year they were a big hit and we are excited to offer them again. Here is a glimpse of the educators you may meet when you sign up for a program.

Pierre LaBarge

What is your favorite thing about working at the Watershed?
The way the clouds cling to the forest on rainy days and the awe that visitors find in that observational experience.

What winter program are you leading?
The Saturday 2-hour Family Adventure Hike, discovering all that our natural winter has to share.

What can people expect if they attend your program?
A vigorous walk, filled with stories, natural discoveries, and perhaps some creative reflection.

What do you enjoy most about Winter Weekend programs?
Being out in the wind, rain, and sometime snow no matter what… and coming back to the Center’s cozy fireplace to warm up.

Julie Stonefelt

What is your favorite thing about working at the Watershed?
I love helping people from all walks of life connect with the natural and cultural history of this big, mysterious place. It seems remote to most people, but we are all connected to it every day, simply by using water.

What winter program are you leading?
I will be hosting Saturday Wildlife Storytime and Crafts.

What can people expect if they attend your program?
Families can expect a fun, relaxing afternoon centered on one particular animal found in the watershed. Each week we will be exploring a unique animal, everything from loons to skunks!

What do you enjoy most about Winter Weekend programs?
There is so much to enjoy; where do I start? I like Winter Weekends because it’s an opportunity for families of all ages to get cozy and creative at the Center. I like reading these fantastic books and exploring a new wild animal each week. I like the crafts we have this year – each week there will be a different diorama to create and a variety of coloring pages. We even have grown-up coloring pages!

Katie Klahn

What is your favorite thing about working at the Watershed?
I get to work with an amazing team of colleagues in a spectacular setting. My job is rooted in connecting people to their drinking water—a key to peoples’ health and survival. I am fortunate to do such meaningful work.

What winter program are you leading?
I am leading the Sunday Adventure Hike!

What can people expect if they attend your program?
Be prepared for weather of any sort, as we will have a great time exploring nature whether sunny, snowy, or rainy. During our hike, we will stop to observe nature’s smaller things and participate in short activities. Although we may think of winter days as gray and bleak, there is a surprising variety of color and textures out there!

What do you enjoy most about Winter Weekend programs?
Winter is a quiet time. Trails are less traveled. Sounds are muffled by layers of hats and scarves. Sunlight reaches through the bare arms of maple trees. It’s a time to watch the mist of your breath join the surrounding air, connecting us all to each other, and to nature. Winter weekend programs give me the opportunity to share these beautiful winter wonders with others, which is one of my life passions.

Anna Constance

What is your favorite thing about working at the Watershed?
This is such a special and unique place with an amazingly rich cultural history, connecting land, water, and people for thousands of years. Educating the public about water is rewarding because it directly relates to people’s lives in a very real way.

What winter program are you leading?
Animal-themed stories and crafts every other Sunday.

What can people expect if they attend your program?
After checking in at the front desk, we will head over to our library for cozy story time, featuring a different animal each week. Following the story we’ll visit our labs for animal arts and crafts. The duration of the program varies, so afterward there is an opportunity to visit the exhibit hall and/or check out a backpack and binoculars from the front desk to explore outside and around the Education Center.

What do you enjoy most about Winter Weekend programs?
Winter is a slower and quieter time. I enjoy being cozy at the Center and having the same families show up week after week so I have a chance to get to know them better.

Did You Know?

watershed resevoir

The original City of Seattle cabin still stands in the Watershed.

Historians speculate the term ‘cabin fever’ came into common use when people found themselves living in small, isolated cabins during long and harsh winters. Even if you don’t find yourself dealing with piles of snow, being cooped up inside for long dreary months can lead to irritability, anxiety, and restless kids. You can fight cabin fever this year with free family friendly winter weekend programs at the Education Center. Check out the calendar of indoor and outdoor options.

Breaking News

Winter Weekend Programs

Saturdays & Sundays
January 2 - March 27
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Browse & register for programs >

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Education Center

19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045

Open
April thru October
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

November thru March
Tuesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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19901 Cedar Falls Rd SE
North Bend, WA 98045
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