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LOTT's WET Science Center


address  500 Adams St. Northeast
 Olympia, WA  98501
phone (360) 664-2333
www.lottcleanwater.org

Upcoming Events

Open House & Community Meeting on Sea Level Rise

Community Event
We want to hear from you! Attend the Open House and Community Meeting on local sea level rise response planning. At 6 pm, visit information stations and ask questions of project staff. At 6:15 pm, hear presentations about the planning effort, potential adaptation strategies, and next steps. Review the draft plan at olympiawa.gov/slr beginning Dec. 10, and provide written comments through Jan. 25. Email searise@ci.olympia.wa.us to request a Sea Level Rise presentation for your organization or send comments on the Draft Plan. Sign up at olympiawa.gov/subscribe for the sea level rise e-newsletter.
sea level rise;open house;community meeting;Olympia;Port of Olympia;LOTT Clean Water Alliance
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: olympiawa.gov/slr
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 • Tue 12/11/18 at 6pm-8pm 

The Science of Chocolate

Talks/Lectures
Delicious. Sweet. Irresistible. Come explore the complex world of chocolate during a 2 pm presentation. We’ll have plenty of samples to try. Leave with a mind full of science and mouthful of chocolate. Related crafts and activities all day.
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 • Sat 12/15/18 at 2pm-3pm 

Reptile Zoo

Talks/Lectures, Animals
The Reptile Zoo is bringing live animals to touch and learn about! Join us at 1:30 pm for a special reptile presentation. After the show, you’ll have an opportunity to handle the animals. Related crafts all day.
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 • Sat 12/22/18 at 1:30pm-2:30pm 

New Year’s Around the World

Children's Arts/Crafts, Holiday
What are your New Year’s traditions? Take a closer look at cherished traditions from around the world. Find out why people wear polka dots, eat 12 grapes, and more. Create a variety of New Year’s Eve crafts such as noisemakers and hats!
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 • Sat 12/29/18 at 10am-4pm 

Rube Goldberg Machines

Children, Community Event
What is a Rube Goldberg Machine? It’s a complex chain reaction to complete a simple task. Push a marble that tips over dominos to move your imagination. Explore the whimsical world of physics and engineering. We’ll have all the supplies you need to tinker.
Rube Goldberg;tinker
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 1/5/19 at 10am-4pm 

Backyard Habitat and Bee Workshop

Children, Community Event
Pollinators are essential to all life around the world. Bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, and even some bats assist in spreading pollen between flowers, enabling them to make seeds. Join Stream Team and special guest speaker Laurie Pyne from the Olympia Beekeepers Association for a family-friendly workshop about honeybee conservation and how to start your own hive. You’ll also make a bee house to take home. Register for this workshop at www.streamteam.info. Pollinator activities throughout the day.
bees;habitat
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 1/12/19 at 10am-4pm 

Discovery Speaker Series: A Look at Wild Abalones

Community Event
Spots of beauty on the ocean floor, the pinto abalone is the only abalone species in Puget Sound. Come learn about these beautiful treasures and their role in the Sound! Join the Puget Sound Estuarium and Henry Carson from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for a 7 pm presentation. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Puget Sound;Abalone
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: 13 years old and older
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Thu 1/17/19 at 7pm-8:30pm 

Create a Healthier Home

Children, Community Event
Join Thurston County Environmental Health staff for a 2 pm presentation about common allergy and asthma triggers inside your home and how to remove or reduce them through easy, low-cost cleaning and maintenance practices. You’ll learn how to read labels on common household products, do a science experiment to test the effectiveness of a safer product, and make your own green cleaner to take home. Lots of take home information provided. Related activities all day.
Natural;Healthy
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 1/19/19 at 10am-4pm 

Amphibians of the Pacific Northwest

Children, Community Event
Are you interested in knowing more about our native frogs and salamanders? Are you 12 or older? Then this 9:30-11 am workshop is for you. Join Stream Team and herpetologist Dr. Marc P. Hayes for a fun, informative workshop exploring the ecology, habitat requirements, and unique characteristics of local species. You’ll learn how to identify different life stages of local amphibians with emphasis on egg mass identification. Register for this workshop at www.streamteam.info. Amphibian activities for all ages throughout the day.
Frogs;amphibians
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: 12 years old and older
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 1/26/19 at 9:30am-11am 

Slime Saturday

Children, Community Event
Ooey gooey goodness. From humans to slugs, there’s lots of mucus aka slime created in the world. Did you know a hagfish can make four cups of slime in a fraction of a second? Learn about this creature and more during a slimy presentation at 2 pm. We’ll make slime all day.
slime
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 2/2/19 at 10am-4pm 

P.S. We Love You & Treatment Plant Tour

Community Event
Get creative and celebrate Valentine’s Day with fun art projects expressing your love for Puget Sound and all the amazing creatures living there. Or design a card for that special someone in your life. At 1 pm, join us for a short presentation followed by a tour of the Budd Inlet Treatment Plant to see how LOTT cleans the water you send down the drain and the steps taken to protect Puget Sound. Tour participants must be 10 or older and wear sturdy, closed shoes.
Puget Sound;Wastewater
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 2/9/19 at 10am-4pm 

World Whale Day

Children, Community Event
Come meet Big Mama, the life-sized walk-inside inflatable humpback whale. Explore Big Mama's internal and external anatomy with experts from NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Learn all about what makes humpbacks important to our Washington waters. Practice identifying humpback whales, discover how they eat, and the importance of a thick layer of blubber. You might even discover that whales and humans are more similar than you'd expect.
Whales
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 2/16/19 at 10am-4pm 

Discovery Speaker Series: Following the Whale's Tale

Community Event
From Namu to Free Willy to Blackfish, orcas have fascinated us for generations. But our Washington State marine mammal is in trouble. Learn all about our local orcas and how you can help save them. Join the Puget Sound Estuarium for a 7 pm presentation with Cindy Hansen from the Orca Network. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Whales
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: 13 years old and older
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Thu 2/21/19 at 7pm-8:30pm 

From Watersheds to Whitecaps

Community Event
When you walk in the woods or on the beach, there’s an abundance of interesting creatures and habitats. Yet the most fascinating things are nearly invisible – the relationships. At 2 pm, John F. Williams with Still Hope Productions Inc. highlights some of these relationships with excerpts from his collection of films and his new publication “Salish Magazine." He’ll illustrate that the relationships aren’t just random…there actually is a “system” in ecosystem. Best for ages 10 and older. Related crafts all day.
Puget Sound
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: 10 years old and older
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 2/23/19 at 2pm-3pm 

Investigating Invasive Species

Children, Community Event
Join staff from the Washington Invasive Species Council for a 2 pm presentation about real life alien invaders, how they spread, what their impacts are, and how we can stop these menaces. Throughout the day you can build your own 3-D invader out of recycled materials. Or become a citizen scientist and complete a scavenger hunt to practice reporting invasive species. Everyone gets cool prizes.
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
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Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 3/2/19 at 10am-4pm 

Exploring Soundscapes

Children, Community Event
Join us at 2 pm to slow down, close your eyes, and take an auditory journey around the world. Hear a variety of interesting sounds from humans and nature and the awesome stories behind them. Make your own recycled musical instrument anytime throughout the day.
Music
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
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Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 3/9/19 at 10am-4pm 

Robotics for Kids

Children, Community Event
Experience the amazing world of robots. From 11 am to 4 pm, local robotics students lead hands-on activities for all ages. Sign up for “Robot Garage” workshops offered by the Museum of Flight at 11 am and 2 pm. These free workshops are for 4th grade and up, with no experience required. Participants use robotics kits to explore basic engineering skills, learn robotics history, and discuss cutting edge robots in space. Registration is required for the workshops. Register at https://robotgarage.eventbrite.com.
Robotics
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
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Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 3/16/19 at 11am-4pm 

Rise Above Plastics

Children, Community Event
Our lives are full of plastic products and now our oceans are full of plastics too. Microplastics get mistaken for food by marine animals, and it’s estimated that by 2050 there may be more plastics in the ocean than fish. Join the Surfrider Foundation for a 2 pm presentation and learn fascinating facts about plastic, how it impacts our environment, and how you can make simple changes in your daily life to combat the plastic pollution problem. Related crafts and activities all day.
plastic;environment
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
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Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 3/23/19 at 10am-4pm 

Poetry Games

Children, Community Event
Whether you have a way with words or just like to rhyme in time, come for a celebration of poems and poets. Join Olympia’s Poet Laureate Amy Solomon-Minarchi at 2 pm for a poetry reading and workshop. Family-friendly poetry activities available all day.
Poetry
Event Info: (360) 664-2333
Ages: All Ages
Price: Free
Free
Event Website: https://www.wetsciencecenter.org/events/
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 • Sat 3/30/19 at 10am-4pm