The Adopt A Stream Foundation, Snohomish County Parks and Surface Water Management thought that it would be a nice idea to help everyone out from the post holiday “Visa Blues” with some inexpensive entertainment. 

Bring a seat cushion and blanket to make the Northwest Stream Center lecture chairs more comfortable and kick-off the 2016 with two great nature events. 

Never been to the Northwest Stream Center?  Get directions here: Contact.

Call 425-316-8592 to register.

Beavers: the best IMAX movie!!...and its free!!!

a virtual swim with Beavers and experience the rich aquatic habitat of one of natures greatest engineers.  Set in the pristine forest and lakes in the hart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain, the film follows the lives of a family of beavers as they grow, play and transform the worlds around them...these critters are amazing engineers!!!

Beavers has played to over 14 million viewers and delighted audiences all over the world. At the end of the movie, all your questions about beaver habits and habitat requirements will be answered by stream ecologist and beaver fan Tom Murdoch.

By the way, this film will be introduced by Sammy the Salmon who will teach you why beaver ponds are great things for salmon!

Call early to reserve a seat as space is limited for this free showing!!

Date: Friday, Jan 15, 2016 
Time: 7 PM
Tickets: This movie is FREE, however, you must register in advance by calling 425-316-8592    
Age Recommendation: This wonderful film is great for the whole family!  Attention parents: kids love this film

White Birds of Winter

Join biologist Martha Jordan and learn myths, legends and facts about Washington's White Birds of Winter...our native Trumpeter and Tundra swans and snow geese. Martha will present spectacular photographs and teach you about their life history, biology, and identification tips. 

will also share some of her exciting and entertaining experiences being a “mother swan” at her home.

During this Streamkeeper Academy event, Martha will teach you some of the problems and controversy that these beautiful birds face on their Washington State Wintering grounds...and what is needed to ensure their future. 

By the way, in addition to “mothering” baby swans, she also helps in the care of injured adult water fowl - see her releasing a rehabilitated swan to the wild on King TV.  Swans are the real “Big Bird!”

Martha chairs the Washington Swan Stewards, an affiliate of The Trumpeter Swan Society -- a non-profit organization dedicated to assuring the vitality and welfare of wild swan populations. 

Free Swan Identification Pamphlets will be provided to everyone who attends.

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5 Members / $7 Non-members. Advance Purchase Necessary by calling 425-316-8592
Minimum Class Size: 15
Age Recommendation: Grade 5 to Adult.


Sammy the Salmon will kick of this event describing the life cycle of salmon and the habits and habitat requirements of NW Salmon and trout. 

During this educational and entertaining "watershed" event, students will learn stream and wetland ecology terms that will get them a jump on their classmates at school.  Students will role-play as polluters causing water quality problems and as a team explore solutions.

Everyone will get a hands-on introduction to the bottom of the fish food chain - aquatic insects collected from our local pond.
Next, the class will go a field trip to and see look at the Trout Stream Exhibit, then cross a bridge over North Creek for an introduction to native plant identification and to learn why forests and wetlands are critical to salmon and wildlife habitat.

This very interactive and experiential learning class will conclude with a video introduction to students who have “adopted” a local stream and restored is salmon run...and a challenge for all participants to become Streamkeepers who take actions to protect their local streams.

Class Size: Best with between 15 and 30 students.  For an extra $50, the class size can be expanded to a maximum of 50 students.

Age Recommendation: This event is most popular with elementary and middle school students; a more advance high school curriculum is available.

Instructors:  Classes of 30 or less will have two instructors; classes over 30 will have three instructors - faculty for this event is listed below:

  1. Tom Murdoch, co-author of the Streamkeepers Field Guide and chief script writer for the Streamkeeper video starring Bill Nye, “the Science Guy.”                   

  2. Lori Powlas, naturalist with five years experience teaching kids about benthic macroinvertebrates (critters with no spines that live on the bottom of streams) and native plants.

  3. Les Mead, ecologist who is an expert on aquatic life - plant, animal, and insect!

  4. Date: January 29 This class is filled! Call 425-316-8592 to schedule your class
    Time: 10 AM
    Base Price: $150 for up to 30 students.  $200 for up to 50 student