Swamp Lantern Festival at the Northwest Stream Center
April 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm PDT
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 30, 2019
Celebrate the coming of spring at Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Swamp Lantern Festival!
10am to 4pm (last admission at 3pm), Thursdays through Sundays between March 20th and April 30th. It’s happening at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park.
Admission rates: adults over 18 -$7, seniors – $6, students -$5, EBT cardholders -$3, children under 5 –free; Adopt A Stream Foundation Members-free. Sorry, no dogs allowed
The featured attraction is a very large expanse of the first spring flowers of the Pacific Northwest – Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) as shown below. Surrounding each flower, called a spadix, is a very vibrant yellow sheath called a spathe that earned this beautiful plant the nickname “Swamp Lantern.”
Getting to the “swamp lanterns” is an adventure. You will stroll past a unique Trout Stream Exhibit onto an Elevated Nature Walk that is just above the forest floor and surrounding wetlands. The 1/2 mile-long route is baby carriage and wheel chair accessible. It winds through duck ponds and cedar groves, past a salmon stream, and through four varieties of wetlands. Rest stops are located at strategic viewpoints. During the Swamp Lantern Festival, many other native flowers will begin to bloom making the Northwest Stream Center a “must see” place for everyone who enjoys blooms of spring.
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. Most Northwest Stream Center visitors spend over an hour on the Nature Walk enjoying the views and gathering knowledge about stream and wetland ecology from interpretive signs. Be sure to call 425-316-8592 to reserve your preferred date and time.