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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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- See the Source! Experience the Cedar River Watershed - Seattle has some of the best drinking water in the world. The secret is the source, the Cedar River Watershed. Join us this summer for an unparalleled opportunity to see it up-close. Tours Every weekend, July 11 – September 6.
- Learn more about our Watershed Tours and Programs.
- Learn more about registering 4th and 5th grade classes for our School Programs.
- For younger or older students we offer two Group Visits options.
- 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 in 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.
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).