• Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

    Visitors and participants are no longer required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or an approved negative test in order to enter indoor community facilities.  Facilities are open for operation, and pre-registration is no longer required for drop-in visitation. Pre-registration IS required for all ranger programs. 

    Beginning March 12, face coverings are no longer required when visiting indoor community facilities.  Please respect people’s choices to continue to wear a mask when in our facilities. 

    MSEEC Boardwalk

    The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center provides a grand entrance to the Mercer Slough Nature Park. Completed in October 2008, the complex features classrooms, a visitor center, a community building and a "tree house," all sustainably built. The City of Bellevue and Pacific Science Center offer year-round education about wetlands and nature for adults, youth and families at the center. 

    The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is open for drop-in use. Search and register for programs, with "Mercer Slough Nature Park" in the location field.

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    The MSEEC is a collaboration between the City of Bellevue and the Pacific Science Center. This partnership brings year-round education and interpretation of freshwater ecosystems, wetland ecology, environmental stewardship and the effect of urban development to adults, youth and families. MSEEC is the keystone of interpretive facilities and programs for the City of Bellevue and serves as the Eastside focal point for the Pacific Science Center. The MSEEC provides classrooms for environmental education, a visitor center for interpretation and a community building for rentals, community gatherings and environmental programs.

    For more information about Pacific Science Center programs, please call 425-450-0207 or visit https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/mercer-slough/ .

    Green Building Features

    The MSEEC was designed and built to have minimal impact on the environment. Special gutters, porous concrete and catchment ponds slow and filter water runoff at the site. Green roofs reduce impermeable surfaces and warming around buildings. Renewable, recycled, local materials, along with sustainably harvested wood were used in the construction of the buildings.

    The city has received a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating. LEED is a third-party certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. See news release

    Driving and Parking Directions

    From I-405

    • Take Exit 12 for SE 8th Street
    • Travel west on Southeast Eighth Street
    • Take immediate left onto 118th Avenue Southeast, heading south
    • Travel about a half mile
    • Just before the first MSEEC sign (in light blue), take the first right into the parking lot.
    • Walk the path to the front of the buildings.

    From I-90

    • Take Exit 9 for Bellevue Way. Continue for one mile.
    • Veer right onto 112th Avenue Southeast.
    • Take a right onto Southeast Eighth Street.
    • Take a right onto 118th Avenue Southeast.
    • Travel about a half mile.
    • Just before the first MSEEC sign (in light blue), take the first right into the parking lot.
    • Walk the path to the front of the buildings.

    Directions, transportation and parking flyer

    Additional Resources

    Douglas Fir Community Building
    Construction Information
    Rental Information
    Mercer Slough Nature Park Trail Map

    Inclement Weather Plan

    Call 425-452-2565 before travelling to Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center to ensure the facility is open.

    In the event of inclement weather, the Parks & Community Services Department will make every effort to communicate the status of facilities and programs, special events and rentals. Administration will decide whether to cancel a program or close a facility based upon the safety of participants and employees and the ability to appropriately staff programs and facilities.

    As a general rule, if the Bellevue School District is closed due to a weather event, Parks & Community Services Department classes and programs will be cancelled for the entire day. If the Bellevue School District is on a delayed schedule, call the facility for an updated status report. Select facilities may be open for drop-in activities at a modified level. If you are unable to reach the facility, call the Parks & Community Services Department's general information number at 425-452-6885. Inclement weather can affect park use and trail conditions. Please use caution when visiting park sites during poor weather, as trails and other park facilities may become wet and slippery. Park trails may be closed.

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    Dustin Van Nieulande
    Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center 

    1625 118th Ave SE
    Bellevue WA 98005 

    10 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily