Close by: Northwest Stream Center adds new developments


Last updated 9/9/2021 at 10:21am

Northwest Stream Center

The Northwest Stream Center at McCollum Park in Everett sits on a 20-acre site leased from Snohomish County Parks and Recreation about a half-mile east of Interstate.

It's a short drive from Edmonds and certainly worth a visit.

Two salmon streams flow on the grounds that are covered with complex wetland systems and pockets of upland old second-growth forest.

"This is a great location," said Adopt a Stream Foundation Director Tom Murdoch. "Here we have all the ingredients necessary to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds."

Construction of the visitors building is complete, said Murdoch.

The NW Stream Center Master Plan includes the following features:

– Gate house

– Entry trail

– Visitors building

– Trout atream wxhibit

– Elevated nature rrail (ADA ccessible)

– Native wetland plant pollinator meadow

– Solar demonstration project

Construction of the Trout Stream Exhibit is also finished and accessibletor visitors. Apart from the "Headwater Streams" and "Beaverworks Viewpoint" additions, and the "Secret Pond Rest," "Amphibian Rest," and "Mother Nature's Rest," the half-mile-long elevated nature trail is also open.

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Another campaign underway is providing scholarships for high school seniors and/or recent graduates to attend a three-hour watershed education experience event.

The curriculum is in the review stage, and the center has raised just over $7,500 that can provide 300 students with the experience.

"To ensure that you have an enjoyable outdoor experience, numbers of Northwest Stream Center visitors will be limited to no more than 30 per half hour on a reservation basis," Murdoch said.

The Adopt A Stream Foundation closed the NW Stream Center for several months due to COVID. It is now open for visitors, with limitations.

"If the COVID situation improves, we may increase party sizes," said Murdoch. "Now, all Adopt A Stream Foundation staff and all volunteers are fully vaccinated, a requirement that we put in place several months ago."

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