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.