From an Adopt A Stream Foundation News Release.
A very natural way to beat the summer heat: Riparian Zone Immersion at the Northwest Stream Center.
Want to beat the heat? Immerse yourself in the deep forest shade of the riparian zone next to North Creek at the Adopt A Stream Foundation’s Northwest Stream Center during August, Thursdays through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- The Northwest Stream Center is located in Snohomish County’s McCollum Park, 600 –128th Street SE Everett WA 98208
- General admission is $5 for Adopt A Stream Foundation Members, and $7 for non-members.
- There is a Naturalist guided tour option ($10 for AASF members; $12 for non-members). Kids under 5 are free.
- Sorry, no dogs allowed and an adult must accompany anyone under 18.
- To ensure that you have an enjoyable outdoor experience and to minimize wildlife disturbance, no more than 30 visitors are allowed per half hour.
- Reservations are recommended by calling 425-316-8592.
At the Northwest Stream Center, you can take an enjoyable half mile stroll, see trout, crayfish and other fresh water critters, and wander three-feet above the forests floor on unique Elevated Nature Walk that winds through 20-acres of woods and wetlands.
Long in the making, the Northwest Stream Center is a wonderful place to learn the interconnections between forests, wetlands, streams, fish, wildlife and people. It is a place to teach people how to become stewards of their local watershed.
“Ninety Nine percent of the folks who contact us don’t understand that a riparian zone is an area of vegetation next to a stream that affects the ecology of that aquatic system,” said Adopt A Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch.
“At the Northwest Stream Center our visitors actually experience what it is like being in a riparian zone and leave understanding its importance not only to fish, but wildlife and people as well.”
Also, visitors will see a three-acre fresh water marsh next to a Waterfowl Overlook that was restored from a poorly designed parking lot that had been constructed over a wetland.
In addition to stream and wetland ecology, fish and wildlife habitat restoration are central themes at the Northwest Stream center said Murdoch.
Interpretive signs along the route provide a thorough introduction to most common native plants and how the Coastal Salish people used those plants.
Beautiful artwork complements detailed information about salmon as ecosystem engineers and nurturers, and complex wetland and forest functions. And professional photographs highlight information on owls, woodpeckers and beavers.
Many visitors take a guided tour, then come back on a regular basis to enjoy the constantly changing scenery. A few reviews are coming in:
- “Absolutely breathtaking!! Every school kid should come here. It’s a great learning experience.” Rozella Kleven
- “I like to learn something new everyday. The interpretive signs were fabulous and I learned a lot of new things.” Chet Richardson
- “It’s great...I love it when the sun streams down through the trees.” Susan Youngquist
- “The meandering path really connects you with nature.” Cherie Votaw
- “I felt like I was ‘Alice in wonderland’.” Judi Elsbree
- “Its a spectacular, surreal, informative and beautiful experience.” Joyce Altaras