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Swamp Lantern Festival coming to Northwest Stream Center


Last updated 4/7/2021 at 4:51pm

Photo courtesy of Northwest Stream Center

The featured attraction at the Northwest Steam Center is a very large expanse of the first spring flowers of the Pacific Northwest – Skunk Cabbage.

It's that time again. Celebrate spring at Adopt A Stream Foundation's Swamp Lantern Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays in April.

Reservations are required. It's happening at the Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish County's McCollum Park, 600 128th St., Everett.

Admission is: adults over 18 – $7, seniors – $6, students – $5, EBT cardholders - $3, children under 5 – free; Adopt A Stream Foundation members – free.

No dogs are 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 this beautiful plant the nickname "Swamp Lantern."

Getting to the "swamp lanterns" is an adventure. You will stroll past a unique Trout Stream Exhibit of a cutthroat trout. Then you go onto an elevated nature walk just above the forest floor and surrounding wetlands ( ).

The 1/2-mile-long route is baby carriage and wheelchair 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 flower lovers.

The Northwest Stream Center is on a reservation only basis; Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. To make a reservation, visit

For more information call the Adopt A Stream Foundation at 425-316-8592.


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