Swamp Lantern Festival at the Northwest Stream Center!
April 30 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
Celebrate the coming of spring outdoors at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Swamp Lantern Festival, Thursdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm during the month of April. It’s happening at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park (600 – 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208 – https://www.streamkeeper.org/about/contact-us/). Advance reservations recommended by calling 425-316-8592. 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.
Unlike most public venues, the Northwest Stream Center is limiting the number of Swamp Lantern Festival goers to no more than 30 per half-hour ensuring a delightful and un-crowded outdoor experience. It is a good idea to call 425-316-8592 to reserve your preferred date and time.
The featured attraction is a huge expanse of the first spring flowers of the Pacific Northwest – Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) Surrounding each flower, called a spadix, is a vibrant yellow sheath called a spathe that earned this beautiful plant the nickname “Swamp Lantern.”
Getting to the “swamp lanterns” is an adventure. The Nature Walk takes you outside past a unique Trout Stream Exhibit onto an Elevated Forest and Wetland Walk that is 3-feet above the forest floor and surrounding wetlands ( https://www.streamkeeper.org/visit/discover_the_nw_center/ ).
The 1/2 mile-long route is baby carriage and wheel chair accessible. It winds through more than 25-acres of duck ponds and beautiful forest groves, past a salmon stream, and through four varieties of wetlands. Mid-way, you will come to the Swamp Lantern Viewpoint where, during the next few weeks, you can observe skunk cabbage progress from a flower to broad leaves over four-feet high. Since you will be on a boardwalk, no chest waders are required!
Rest stops are at strategic locations. During the Swamp Lantern Festival, many other native flowers will bloom making the Northwest Stream Center a “must see” place for everyone who enjoys wildflowers of spring!
For more information about the Adopt A Stream Foundation and the Northwest Stream Center go to www.streamkeeper.org.