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Northwest Stream Center to officially open with a free Sustainability Fair

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Take a half mile-long stroll on an Elevated Nature Walk. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.
Take a half mile-long stroll on an Elevated Nature Walk. Photo credit: Lesley Van Winkle.

From a Northwest Stream Center News Release.

The Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center will officially open to the public for the first time on Saturday, July 29, 2017, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a free Sustainability Fair.

  • Event: Free Sustainability Fair.
  • Event Date: Saturday July 29, 2017.
  • Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Place: Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 – 128th Street SE Everett, WA 98208.

It is located on a beautiful 20-acre site in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 128th Street SE, Everett WA 98208. There is FREE ADMISSION, music, prizes and many lessons on how to become stewards of the Pacific Northwest’s natural resources.

Morning visitors will be greeted outside the Northwest Stream Center grounds with the mellow sounds of Jake Archer and at a Welcome Tent staffed by Puget Sound Energy where families and friends can pick up a Sustainability Passport. This provides entry to 25 different learning stations and the Northwest Stream Center. 

At the Northwest Stream Center, you will be able to take a half mile-long stroll past a Trout Stream Exhibit onto an Elevated Nature Walk.

This walk winds past ponds that once were a parking lot, through beautiful deep forests, and over large wetlands that may lead you to believe that you are visiting Jurassic Park! 

To ensure that you enjoy this wonderful wild outdoor experience, Adopt A Stream Foundation Docent Naturalists limit the numbers admitted at one time – take advantage of any wait time by getting your Sustainability Passport filled out and enjoying the music.

Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the Northwest Stream Center.

In the late morning, music tempo will pick up with the exciting Gansango Music & Dance troupe to be followed by an afternoon change of pace with the County Kings

You can also pick up a locally grown organic meal by Café Zippy.

By making the rounds and filling your Sustainability Passport you will be eligible to win some great prizes ranging from a Rain Barrel from City of Everett Stormwater Management to two nights stay in a Yurt at Snohomish County’s River Meadows County Park. 

You could also win some doggy bags at the “dog poop toss game” put on by Snohomish County Surface Water Management.

Sustainability Fair Learning Opportunities and Partners listed below:

  • Low impact design development (Clear Water Commons)
  • Stream and wetland restoration (Adopt A Stream Foundation)
  • Native Plant Landscapes (Adopt A Stream Foundation)
  • Green roofs (Adopt A Stream Foundation)
  • Solar power (Whidbey Sun and Wind)
  • Recycled plastic lumber (Bedford Technologies represented by the Schrader Co.)
  • Rain barrels, low impact design, natural lawn care, dog poop disposal, & related topics like shared watershed management coordination (Snohomish County and Cities of Everett and Mill Creek Surface Water Management).
  • Household hazardous waste disposal, recycling, composting (Snohomish County Solid Waste)
  • Rain gardens (WSU Extension)
  • Natural lawn care (WSU Extension)
  • Sustainable forestry (WSU Extension)
  • Bees and other pollinators (WSU Extension)
  • Energy from Waste (Qualco Energy)
  • Snohomish Estuary restoration (Tulalip Tribes)
  • Porous walkways (Mutual Materials)
  • Ecologically sound alternatives to pesticides (NW Center for Alternatives to Pesticides)
  • Energy conservation (Puget Sound Energy)
  • Open space acquisition, conservation, Preservation (Snohomish County Parks and Recreation, Friends of North Creek Forest)
  • Public transportation (Community Transit)
  • Sustainable food systems (Project Harvest)
  • Swamp Creek rain gardens, edible school gardens, home aquaponic food growing (Farmer Frog)
  • Energy efficient vehicles (Epic Ford, Chevrolet of Everett)
  • Sustainability training (Cascadia College)
  • Puget Sound stewardship (WSU Beach Watchers)
  • Native plant landscape design (Calalu Design)

During August, the Northwest Stream Center will be open Thursdays through Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

No more than 30 visitors will be admitted per half-hour. Reservations are recommended by calling 425-316-8592. 

General Admission: $5 Adopt A Stream Foundation Members; $7 Non-Members. Naturalist Guided Tours: $10 Adopt A Stream Foundation Members; $12 non-members. Kids under 5: free.  Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Sorry, no dogs allowed.

For more information on the Northwest Stream Center go to www.streamkeeper.org.

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