Northwest Stream Center




A Place to teach...and a place to learn.  A place to discover...and a place to return to.  The Northwest Stream Center is a place for young and old, individuals and businesses, schools and governments to work together to protect or streams and wetlands...and to improve the quality of all of our lives.

The Northwest Stream Center is located on a beautiful 20-acre site leased from Snohomish County Parks and Recreation in Mc Collum Park approximately 1/2 mile east of Interstate 5 between Seattle and Everett, WA.  Two salmon streams flow on the grounds that are covered with complex wetland systems and pockets of upland old second growth forest. 

“This is a great location,” says AASF Director Tom Murdoch.  “Here, we have all the ingredients necessary to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds, and it is accessible to everyone along the I-5 corridor.”

The NW Stream Center Master Plan calls for the following features:

  1.      Gate House

  2.     Entry Trail

  3.     Visitors Building

  4.     Trout Stream Exhibit

  5.     Elevated Nature Trail

  6.     Forest Canopy Viewing Tower

  7.      Solar Demonstration Project

The Visitors Building is largely complete and the headquarters for Streamkeeper Academy.  Thanks to 53 partners, the Trout Stream Exhibit construction is 99% complete.  Except the Headwater Streams and Beaverworks Viewpoint additions, and the Secret Pond Rest, Amphibian Rest and Mother Nature’s Rest which need sponsors, the 1/2 mile-long Elevated Nature Trail is complete.   We are working now on the Entry Trail and seeking a trail light system sponsor so that we can open to the public this fall.

Murdoch says, “To ensure that you have an enjoyable outdoor experience, numbers of Northwest Stream Center visitors will be limited to no more than 30 per half hour on a reservation basis.”

Learn more about the capital campaign for each Northwest Stream Center feature through the links above.  You can help by becoming a donor and enable us to teach up to 45,000 visitors a year the: