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LOTT's WET Science Center

500 Adams St. Northeast, Olympia, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-664-2333

Website:
www.lottcleanwater.org

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Featured Event

Summer Boredom Busters!

Class/Workshop, Green/Environmental

July & August (Closed on July 4): Mondays: Explore & Play - Explore the WET Science Center and earn a prize for completing a scavenger hunt! The indoor scavenger hunt guides you through many of our interactive games and exhibits, or go outside and try out our wetland or plaza scavenger hunts. Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Make & Create - Whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner, you’ve come to the right place! Create art projects inspired by our local environment. From paint to pipe cleaners, we have all the materials you need to make your own masterpiece. Thursdays: Discover & Investigate - Join Stream Team and Pacific Shellfish Institute biologists on the first, second, and third Thursdays of the month to see “What’s Blooming in Budd”. You’ll get up close and personal with some of the smallest organisms in the sea – phytoplankton. Help collect plankton samples from the Port Plaza dock from 1-1:45 pm, then travel to the WET Science Center to view plankton under a projecting microscope from 2-3 pm. Participants can assist in recording species diversity and counting harmful algal species as part of NOAA and Sea Grant’s Sound Toxins program. No experience needed! Fridays: Tinker & Build - Build, invent, problem solve, and think with your hands. A variety of design challenges and activities for all ages inspire the next generation of inventors, engineers, and tinkerers. Our supportive environment encourages out-of-the-box creations and self-directed free play.

Information:

• Mon 7/16/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Tue 7/17/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 7/18/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Thu 7/19/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Fri 7/20/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 7/23/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Tue 7/24/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 7/25/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Thu 7/26/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Fri 7/27/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 7/30/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Tue 7/31/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 8/1/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Thu 8/2/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Fri 8/3/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 8/6/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Tue 8/7/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 8/8/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Thu 8/9/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Fri 8/10/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 8/13/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Tue 8/14/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 8/15/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Thu 8/16/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Fri 8/17/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 8/20/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Tue 8/21/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 8/22/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Thu 8/23/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Fri 8/24/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Mon 8/27/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Tue 8/28/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Wed 8/29/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Thu 8/30/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
• Fri 8/31/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Eyes Under Puget Sound

Community Event, Nature, History/Science

Ever wonder what types of creepy crawlies lurk in the mud beneath the waters of Puget Sound? Join marine scientists from the Washington State Department of Ecology for a 2 pm presentation to identify theses fascinating marine invertebrates. Use a microscope and get up close and personal with worms, sea stars, clams, crabs, and more! Related activities all day.

Information:

• Sat 7/21/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Plants, People, and Place

Community Event, Nature

Join staff from the Nisqually Reach Nature Center for a brief interactive presentation at 2 pm on plant culture of the Pacific Northwest. Come investigate our relationship with native species through wild-crafting, an outdoor plant walk, and exploration through movement! A native plant weaving workshop is available throughout the day.

Information:

• Sat 7/28/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Get Out of My Hair: Toxins in Personal Care

Community Event, Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Come find out about the chemicals in personal care products like lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and hair dye. Join Thurston County Environmental Health to learn more about the health and environmental concerns from these everyday products, how to read labels, helpful websites, and safer alternatives. You’ll get to make an all-natural lip balm to take home! Presentation starts at 2 pm and is best for ages 11 and up. Related activities all day.

Information:

• Sat 8/4/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

South Sound BioBlitz: Become a Citizen Scientist!

Community Event, Nature, Green/Environmental, History/Science

A BioBlitz is an opportunity for community members to partner with experts to identify and count as many species as possible in a specific area, while learning how to conserve and protect these animals. This BioBlitz focuses on invertebrates (like sea stars, shellfish, worms, etc.) living in various habitats. Visit pacshell.org to sign up for a 10 am - 12 pm beach survey to help biologists sort, identify, and take pictures (be prepared to get muddy). And/or visit the WET Center to see live animals, look under the microscope, and work with taxonomists to ID organisms.

Information:

• Sat 8/11/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Recycled Papermaking

Community Event, Children's Arts/Crafts, Green/Environmental

This hands-on activity is a great way for kids to learn how recycled-content paper is made. From 1-4 pm, Thurston County’s recycling specialists will guide participants in mimicking the process of industrial recycled papermaking while learning about the natural resources used. Each participant will make their own recycled paper to take home to color and decorate. Recycled crafts all day.

Information:

• Sat 8/25/18 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gifts for Grandma & Grandpa

Community Event, Children's Arts/Crafts

Treat grandparents to a personalized card or piece of art for Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 9. Handmade gifts are perfect for all grandparents!

Information:

• Sat 9/8/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sloths!

Community Event, Nature

No creature in the animal kingdom is as chill as a sloth. Do they really sleep 18 hours a day? How slow are they? Can they swim? Join us for a 2 pm presentation to find out! Or just come hang out like a sloth, and enjoy related arts and crafts all day.

Information:

• Sat 9/15/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Down the Drain and Then What?

Community Event, History/Science, Green/Environmental

What happens to the water you send down the drain? Celebrate Septic Smart Week by learning about wastewater treatment and the importance of clean water. Join us for a 1pm presentation followed by a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant! Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear closed-toe, closed-heel shoes. Water-related arts & crafts all day.

Information:

• Sat 9/22/18 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Salmon Saturday

Community Event, Nature

It’s a special time of year. Local salmon are finishing up their long, tiring journey and returning to their home streams to spawn. Come honor this amazing fish by creating salmon-inspired artwork to take home. Create fish prints, make a salmon button or hat, and more!

Information:

• Sat 9/29/18 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM