There is going to be a special Swamp Lantern Festival at the Adopt A Stream Center’s Northwest Stream Center Sunday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park (600 – 128th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208 – http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Contact_and_directions.html. Advance reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592; $7 non-members, $5 members, children under 5 free (must be accompanied by an adult); sorry – no dogs allowed.
Unlike many outdoor venues, the Northwest Stream Center will limit the number of Swamp Lantern Festival goers to no more than 30 per half-hour ensuring a delightful and un-crowded outdoor experience. You will enjoy a 1/2-mile stroll past a unique Trout Stream Exhibit (http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Trout_Exhibit.html) through a salmon stream riparian zone onto an Elevated Nature Walk (http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Elevated_Nature_Trail.html ). This universally accessible route winds through duck ponds and cedar groves, past a salmon stream, and through four varieties of wetlands. Rest stops are located at strategic viewpoints.
Along the way, beautiful interpretive signs describes the “forest web” and, deep into the wetlands, the Elevated Nature Walk goes above a very large area of the first Northwest native spring flowers – Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus). Surrounding each flower, called a spadix, is a very vibrant yellow sheath called a spathe that earned this beautiful plant the nickname “Swamp Lantern.”
“We are in the process of training Docent Naturalists (http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Docent_Naturalist_Wanted.html ) to lead tours at the Northwest Stream Center, working on our Nature Store and an on-line reservation system, producing donor recognition plaques, and several other details,” says Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch. “However, the beautiful ‘Swamp Lanterns’ must be enjoyed now!”
While April 2 is a special one-day public opening, several other opening dates will be announced. Once fully operational, plans call for the Northwest Stream Center to be open 6-days-a-week.
More information can be found at www.streamkeeper.org or by calling 425-316-8592.