Have Fun with STEM at Free Events in Renton

Environmental Science Center brings springtime learning to Renton

By Macaroni KID Renton - Newcastle - Mercer Island March 26, 2024

The Environmental Science Center (ESC) is bringing free, fun STEM events to Renton this spring. Your little ones and teens will have a ball learning about nature, science and the local environment. 

A nonprofit, ESC offers environmental education programs for all ages in Renton and Burien. They're adding even more free STEM programs in the Renton area for 2024.

Here's a sampling of free enrichment opportunities for your family. Check our event calendar for all days and times.

Science Time at Family First Community Center!

Join ESC at the Family First Community Center in Renton for drop-in science time. Themes and activities change each week with an emphasis on hands-on science stations! Programs available for families, teens, and toddlers.

Family Science Time! is March 28: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM; April 18: 6:30-7:30 PM; and May 16: 6:30-7:30 PM

Nature Story Time is April 12: 10:00-11:00 AM; May 10: 10:00-11:00 AM; and June 14: 10:00-11:00 AM

No registration, just stop by to participate!

Earth Day Science Exploration at Renton Highlands Library

April 27: 12:00-2:00 PM

Join ESC at the Renton Highlands Library for hands-on science and crafts to celebrate Earth Day. Learn about about our local plants, wildlife and ecosystems to become an environmental scientist during this drop-in science time! Great for all ages.

No registration, just stop by to participate!

Renton Sustainability Fair

April 20: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Join ESC at the Renton Neighborhoods Sustainability Fair at the Renton Community Center. Play with our hands-on science stations, celebrate Earth Day, learn more about sustainability options in the City of Renton, and more! Live music, games, and local food trucks will round out the fun!

No registration, just stop by to participate!

Renton Library Science

Join ESC at the Renton Library for various science events. Programs include drop-in science time, preschool story time, and adult presentations. This spring focuses on Earth Day and wildlife science!

Renton Library Story Adventures is April 25: 10:30-11:15 AM and May 30: 10:30-11:15 AM (great for ages 2 to 5)

Wildlife Science Exploration is May 22: 4:00-6:00 PM (great for all ages)

No registration, just stop by to participate!

Ages 50+

Select Tuesdays this spring

Join ESC and the Renton Senior Activity Center for environmental education programs specifically for people ages 50+. These programs are designed to connect our community to our shared watershed through presentations, workshops, and field trips. These programs are generously funded by the King County Wastewater Treatment Division.


Owl Prowl

May 31: 7:30-9:00 PM

Take a guided nighttime walk to learn the basics of owl adaptations and how to look for these elusive animals! Learn more about their unique adaptations by participating in an owl pellet dissection before exploring the birds and plants of the park.


Family Science Kits

June 1: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Join ESC naturalists at Liberty Park, in Renton, for hands-on science stations and to check out one of our FREE Family Nature Kits! Designed to give explorers of all ages and abilities a more facilitated way to explore outdoors and downtown Renton. This program is funded by the generous support of King County Wastewater Treatment Division.

No registration, just stop by to participate!

Learn more about ESC here.