2020 Earth Day Planting and Celebration at Strawberry Fields!

With the current public health crisis we are experiencing due to COVID-19, this Earth Day event may be postponed to a later date. 

While we know that there are many opportunities to celebrate Earth Day, consider this!

Join us on Saturday, April 18, from 10am to 1pm,  by becoming part of the Adopt A Stream Foundation (AASF) Stream Team.  Become a volunteer and help AASF Ecologists and Technicians plant 2,000 trees and shrubs next to the Middle Fork of Quilceda Creek where it flows through the City of Marysville’s Strawberry Field Park at 6100 152nd Street NE Marysville WA 98270. Over time, these trees will provide shade to help cool the creek waters during the summer months – a major function of riparian zones, the area of vegetation next to the stream that affects its ecological health.

This is a great family event! Did you know that planting a tree is the single most beneficial thing you can do to help the environment? Come by and learn about native plant communities, streams and habitat restoration! 

AASF will provide work gloves and refreshments, but volunteers should dress for the weather, wear waterproof footwear, and plan to get dirty!  

This Earth Day event is part of AASF’s on-going effort to restore 8-acres of Quilceda Creek riparian zone at this location with support from the Tulalip Tribes, WA Dept. of Ecology,  WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Snohomish Conservation District, City of Marysville, and several hundred volunteers.   

So mark your calendars and join us on April 18th, from 10 AM – 1PM, at The Strawberry Fields Athletic Park (6100 152nd St NE, Marysville, WA 98271).

Volunteers of all ages are invited and no advance registration is required – there are a lot of trees that need to get planted!! For more details, contact AASF Ecologist Walter Run at walterr@streamkeeper.org

Quilceda Creek Background:  This stream flows from Arlington through Marysville and the Tulalip Reservation into the Snohomish River.  Historically, Quilceda Creek was the most productive Coho salmon spawning stream in the Snohomish River Basin.  Now, due to numerous causes associated with rapid and poorly planned development in the surrounding watershed, the Coho numbers have declined significantly. The small Chinook run has virtually disappeared. Water quality is suffering due to a several factors associated with development caused stormwater runoff and failing septic tanks: Fecal coliform bacterial levels exceed State Standards as do levels of mercury, cadmium and lead.  Sediment samples show detectable levels of arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, manganese, and zinc.   Due to clearing of riparian zones, tree canopies that once provided shade that kept water temperature low have been significantly reduced in size or eliminated resulting in high water temperature and low water oxygen conditions that can be lethal to fish life.  According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, Quilceda Creek no longer supports the designated uses of primary (swimming) and secondary (boating and fishing) contact recreation.  Fish spawning and rearing areas have been degraded throughout the 38 square mile watershed.  

 

Swamp Lantern Festival at the Northwest Stream Center

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.

Swamp Lantern Festival at the Northwest Stream Center

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.

Swamp Lantern Festival at the Northwest Stream Center

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.

Native Trees of the Puget Sound Area with Kevin Zobrist at the NW Stream Center!

On Thursday July 19 at 7pm, Washington State University Forester and author of Native Trees of Western Washington Kevin Zobrist will be presenting Native Trees of the Puget Sound Area at the Northwest Stream Center. It is located in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th Street SE, Everett WA. Reservations are required by calling the Adopt A Stream Foundation at 425-316-8592; $5 AASF Members, $7 non-members. 

Kevin, a certified forester and associate professor of forestry who earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry from the University of Washington, spent a lot of time during the last decade roaming the forests of Washington taking great color photos of trees that are in his new book. He will be sharing those images during a fast moving presentation about native trees of the Puget Sound Area and how they interact in a forest ecosystem. 

“There are many good books on the market about trees,” says Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch. “This is the best about native trees in Western Washington…and Kevin is a very entertaining speaker who will teach you how to identify and enjoy all the trees in the forest.” During this fast paced presentation he will be providing answers to many of those forest question you may have tucked away including:

Why do trees die and when should we be concerned? 
Do trees communicate with one another? 
How do fires, landslides, wind, insects, fungi and other disturbances affect forests and how should those disturbances be managed? 
Why do some Western redcedar branches turn orange in the fall? 
Can people and forests co-exist? 
Why are some trees tall and others short? 
What kinds of animals live in the trees? 
How long do different types of trees live? 
How deep do tree roots go? 
Why do some trees lose their leaves and others don’t? 
Should we cut down dead trees or keep them for the birds? 
What is forest succession? 
Why are forests important for salmon? 

Don’t be a “bump on a log.” Come to the Northwest Stream Center and learn forest dynamics from Kevin Zobrist. Call the Adopt A Stream Foundation now at 425-316-8592 to reserve your space this for July 19 event. The show is at 7pm, but if you arrive an hour early, you will be able to take a leisurely stroll through a beautiful forest surrounded by wetlands on the Northwest Stream Center Elevated Nature Trail! Kevin will be available for a book signing after the show.

Curious Kids Nature Talk with Fiona Cohen

On Saturday, June 23 at 1:30pm, the Adopt A Stream Foundation invites kids between 5 and 11 years old and their parents, grandparents, or aunts and uncles to join Fiona Cohen at the Northwest Stream Center for a Curious Kids Nature Talk. This event is designed to get youngsters ready to explore and enjoy the amazing outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. The Northwest Stream Center is located in Snohomish County’s Mc Collum Park, 600 – 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208. 

Reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592. Admission is $5 for AASF members, $7 for non-members.

Fiona Cohen grew up in Victoria, Canada. As a kid she developed a passion for nature, including birds, rocks, trees, and squishy things on the beach. Her curiosity once led to a black eye while fleeing from an enraged river otter – an interesting tale! 

Fiona is also the author of the regional best selling book Curious Kids Nature Guide: Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Cohen says, “This is the book that I wish I had when I was young and exploring the woods and beaches around Victoria and nearby Salt Spring Island.” 

During the Curious Kids Nature Talk, Fiona will engage kids and adults with fun facts. Did you know:

· Baby raccoons are smaller than a bar of soap!
· Anemones are green because of photosynthetic algae – so anemones that live in the shade are white!
· Carpenter ants feed each other by vomiting in each other’s mouths!! 

Like the book, the Curious Kids Nature Talk is organized by habitat—forest, beaches, fresh water, and backyards and urban parks. During this presentation, kids will learn about some of the most intriguing flora, fauna, and natural phenomena of the region, and many ecological lessons.

To add color to her stories, Fiona will use beautiful, and scientifically accurate illustrations from the book intertwined with photos from around the region and the Northwest Stream Center’s Elevated Nature Trail. Everyone – kids and adults – will become inspired to go outside and explore woods, beaches, lakes, creeks, and backyards along the northwest coast of North America!

Following the Curious Kids Nature Talk, Fiona Cohen will be available for questions and a book signing. As a bonus, everyone who attends will also be able to stroll through 20-acres of forests and wetlands next to a salmon stream on the Northwest Stream Center’s Elevated Nature Trail. Space is limited so make a reservation now by calling 425-316-8592. You can also pre-order the book by calling that number.

MORE ABOUT FIONA COHEN 

Fiona earned a BS in Biology from Mc Gill University in Montreal. Then, she became a reporter for the Victoria Times-Colonist Newspaper and the Bellingham Herald where she was on the “outdoor beat.” 

Fiona now lives in Seattle and has two kids who are now teenagers and still talk with her! She writes about education, outdoor sports, and science for a number of publications including Seattle’s Child. She grows vegetables (tomatoes are a passion), hikes, camps, knits, and enjoys the theater. Fiona also adores complex board games, obscure musical instruments, and cheese.

The Curious Kids Nature Guide that outlines the amazing world kids can find in woods, beaches, lakes, creeks, and backyards along the northwest coast of North America is her first book. It’s very good!

Learn about other great Adopt A Stream Foundation Streamkeeper Academy events at www.streamkeeper.org or by calling 425-316-8592.