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Festival on, at Northwest Stream Center

Swamp Lantern Festival now through April


Last updated 3/25/2021 at 1:56pm

Photo courtesy of Adopt a Stream

A 'Swamp Lantern' blooms near the Northwest Stream Center near Mill Creek.

Adopt A Stream Foundation's Swamp Lantern Festival is on, but reservations are required to view the first spring flowers, that pop up, in a swamp.

The stroll-based event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with last admissions at 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, through April, at the Northwest Stream Center in McCollum Park, off the 128th Street exit near Mill Creek. The center is at 600 128th Street S.E., Everett.

Admission rates are as follows:

• Adults over 18, $7;

• Older Adults, $6;

• Students, $5;

• EBT cardholders, $3;

• Children younger than 5 and all Adopt a Stream 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). Surrounding each flower, called a spadix, is a vibrant yellow sheath called a spathe that earned it the nickname "Swamp Lantern."

Photo courtesy of Adopt a Stream

3-year-old Charlie, a Mill Creek resident and regular visitor with his mom at the Northwest Stream Center, is quite the naturalist. He is taking a photo of a cutthroat trout.

Getting to the "swamp lanterns" is an adventure that includes a stroll past a unique Trout Stream Exhibit. Then take part in an Elevated Nature Walk just above the forest floor and surrounding wetlands

The half-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 are beginning to bloom making the Northwest Stream Center a "must see" place for everyone who enjoys wildflowers of spring.

The Northwest Stream Center and its event are on a reservation only basis, Tuesdays - Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make a reservation, visit: All questions go to the Adopt A Stream Foundation at 425-316-8592.


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