Education Center

COVID-19 Message

The Education Center is currently closed

Due to COVID-19, the Cedar River Watershed Education Center is currently closed. If you have questions, please call (206) 733-9421 or email Otherwise, you can view our online learning resources. New online learning content will be added regularly during COVID-19, so check back often.

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.


Activities and Exhibits


Directions and Hours

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). View on Google Maps or download printable directions (pdf).

Cedar River Watershed Education Center
17905 Cedar Falls Road S.E.
North Bend, WA
(206) 733-9421
(425) 831-6780

The Education Center is open year-round, Tuesday to Sunday:

  • November - March: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (wet season)
  • April - October: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (dry season)

The Center is closed on Mondays, Independence Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

The Center's Heritage Library is open Sundays from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. If you are a researcher, you can schedule an appointment to come in Tuesday through Sunday depending on staff or volunteer availability. Please call (206) 733-9421 to plan a visit.

Note: The Center's Rain Drums shut off when the temperature drops below 34 degrees (F) to protect the system from freeze damage.


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