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Rediscovering Science

Join us for science exploration with activities you can do at home or a nearby outdoor space! We have different themes to keep you curious about the world around you. Email us a picture of a completed featured activity and we’ll send you a WET Science Center prize.


Out and About

Get out, get local, and explore some of our favorite outdoor spaces! Print a scavenger hunt then head out to the East Bay Public Plaza, Deschutes Valley Park, or Hawks Prairie Reclaimed Water Ponds. What will you discover?

Featured Activities
Explore the Outdoors Notebook
Deschutes Valley Park
Hawks Prairie Reclaimed Water Ponds – Summer


Think Like a Scientist

Boy in glasses and white lab coat thinking like a scientist.

What makes you curious about the world around you? How often do you ask questions? You’re thinking like a scientist! Make observations, try an experiment, and use your scientific tools! This week we are all scientists.

Featured Activity
Draw yourself as a scientist.  SCIENCE TIME 

Science in Action
Think Like a Scientist!
Will it Sink or Will it Float?
Does it Dissolve?
What Makes a Penny Shiny?
Can You Power a Car with a Balloon?


Teeny Tiny Worlds

A front-view shot of a young boy with an afro, he is smiling and concentrating while climbing a tree.

Pause to take an up-close look at the tiniest of creatures. Explore pond life, search for insects in your neighborhood, or create a miniature habitat. There’s a tiny world out there!

Featured Activity
What can you find in one square foot?  EXPLORE

Science in Action
Become a Water Bug
Plankton in Puget Sound
Build a Plankton Net
Microbe Terrarium
LOTT’s Wastewater Microbes


What Did Dinosaurs Drink?

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How is it possible that the water on Earth today is the water from millions of years ago? The water cycle, that’s how. Go back in time to see how Earth’s animals have changed, while water has stayed the same.

Featured Activity
Create a timeline of Earth’s major events.  DINOSAURS

Science in Action
Clay Fossils
Homemade Dinosaur Bones
Outside Dinosaur Nest
“What Did Dinosaurs Drink?” Book Reading


Super Science Sleuths

Young boy in tall grass looking through binoculars.

You can be a Super Science Sleuth anywhere, anytime. A sleuth is a detective! All it takes is the power of a question. Are there patterns in nature? Will you be able to decode the message? What else might you uncover?

Featured Activity
Look for patterns in nature.  SEARCH

Science in Action
Save Fred the Gummy Worm
Test pH with Cabbage Juice
Watercolor Secret Messages
Cipher Wheel


Discover with your 5 Senses

Young smiling boy with his hands on ears listening.

Humans use five senses to observe our world. Dive into the world of sight, sound, hearing, touch, and taste. Create visual illusions, try a taste test, and listen to a water xylophone.

Featured Activity
Experience water in five ways.  5 SENSES

Science in Action
Paper Spinner
Taste Bud Mapping
Nature Sound Map
Fizzy Bath Balls


Seven Days of STEAM

Young kids excited as foam overflows from beaker during chemistry experiment.

Ever wonder how scientists study the world around us? With our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, you’ll ask a question, then answer it. STEAM is for everyone!

Featured Activity
Design a marble maze with objects around your house.  MARBLE MAZE  

Science in Action
Toilet Paper Tube Binoculars for a Biologist
Robot Hand for a Robotics Engineer
Banjo Lids for an Inventor


ARTrageous Kids 

Two boys making fun stuff from recycled items at home.

Pull out your art supplies because we’re about to get ARTrageous. Using supplies in your home and a little creativity, you can create a masterpiece. Share photos with us so we can admire your creations too!

Featured Activity   
Create an Andy Goldsworthy masterpiece.  NATURE ART  

Science in Action
Recycled Plastic Shrinky Dinks
Popup Cards
Water Drop Collage
Recycled Gratitude Rainbow


A Drop in the Bucket

Earth in water drop reflection under green leaf

Earth is called the blue planet for a reason. But how much of the world’s water is clean and fresh? With simple science experiments you can find out. Plus you’ll discover more about how you can protect water, one of our most precious resources.

Featured Activity
If all the world’s water could fit in a bucket.  DROPS COUNT  

Science in Action
Water Drop Maze
Be a Water Superhero
Wastewater Calculator
Discover Water Computer Game


Explore the Outdoors

Scavenger hunt this way signpost in lush forest woodland

Embrace your curiosity for the outdoors and prepare to use all of your senses. You’ll be exploring the amazing ecosystem right outside your door. What do you think you might see?

Featured Activity
Be an outdoor explorer to see what you can find and hear.  EXPLORE 

Science In Action
Olympia Parks Junior Ranger
Nature Paint Brushes
Nature Weave
Roly Poly Science Experiment


At Home Camp-A-Thon

A girl holding a walking stick is leading her family through a forest adventure.

Ready, set, camp! Who said you have to camp only outside? Indoors or out, you will build the camping skills to make you a successful camper. Maybe you can even make s’mores.

Featured Activity
Practice the skills to be a great camper.  GO CAMPING 

Science in Action
Build a Blanket Fort
Natural Balance STEM Challenge
Tie Strong Knots
Campfire Recipes
TP Roll Campfire


Endless Possibilities of Green Design

Hand holding wooden house with green forest background blurred and rays of sun light

With green and blue design, we can build a beautiful world for not only humans but also plants, bugs, and birds. The whole ecosystem! Dig into the big ideas of sustainable design and become an engineer that builds for all of Earth.

Featured Activity
Go on a green design scavenger hunt.  GO GREEN 

Science in Action
Tour a LEED Certified Building
Solar Oven
Sponge Sprout House
Recycled Magazine Bowl


Bursting Blooms & Bubbles

Little girl wearing dandelion wreath lying on flower meadow and smiling

Flowers and bubbles burst in all colors of the rainbow! Get creative with bubbles, and explore the diverse world of flowers from bud to bloom.

Featured Activity
Go on a bloom hunt to find different types and colors of flowers.  LOOK CLOSELY 

Science in Action
Flower Dissection
Blooming Paper Flowers
Paper Hyacinths
Super Bubble Solution
Recycled Bottle Bubble Paint


Show Love for Orcas

Orca emerging from the ocean at sunset with coast and birds

Southern Resident orcas love Chinook salmon almost as much as we love orcas! Orcas of the Salish Sea are important to our ecosystem, but face many challenges from human disruption. Celebrate the start of Orca Month.

Featured Activity
Show off your orca knowledge.  ORCAS ROCK 

Science in Action
Echolocation Experiment
Whale Origami
Live Cameras of Orcas 


Powerful Pollinators

Close up of a flying bee pollinating a white flower

Bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles all play an important role in pollination. Did you know 75% of all plants need pollinators? Get to know some amazing pollinators with our activities!

Featured Activity
Take a walk around your neighborhood to find pollinators.  LET'S GO

Science in Action
Homemade Hummingbird Feeder
Pressed Flower Sun Catcher
Pollination Cheetos Experiment
What’s Your Pollinator Knowledge?

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