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Everett - Swamp Lantern Festival at The Northwest Stream Center! March 15 – April 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Spring has sprung and the first wild flowers of the northwest are beginning to bloom!   Celebrate the blossoms at the Swamp Lantern Festival.  It is taking place at the Adopt A Stream Center’s Northwest Stream Center Sunday March 15 - April 22, from 10am to 4pm, Thursdays through Sundays.  Advance reservations are required by calling 425-316-8592.

Unlike many outdoor venues, the Northwest Stream Center will limit the number of Swamp Lantern Festival goers to no more than 30 per half-hour ensuring a delightful and un-crowded outdoor experience. You will enjoy a 1/2-mile stroll past a unique Trout Stream Exhibit through a salmon stream riparian zone onto an Elevated Nature Walk. The route is  route winds through duck ponds and cedar groves, past a salmon stream, and through four varieties of wetlands.  Rest stops are located at strategic viewpoints.

Along the way, beautiful interpretive signs describes the “forest web” and, deep into the wetlands, the Elevated Nature Walk goes above a very large area of the first Northwest native spring flowers – Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus).  Surrounding each flower, called a spadix, is a very vibrant yellow sheath called a spathe that earned this beautiful plant the nickname “Swamp Lantern.” While skunk cabbage are “bright points” of the Swamp Lantern Festival, you can expect to see all of the flowers native to the Pacific Northwest popping out during the festival including: Salmon Berry, Salal Berry, Indian Plum, False Lily of the Valley, Nootka Rose, Huckelberry, High Bush Cranberry, Red Flowering Current, Kinnikinnick....and many more. 

Many beautiful reasons to make several trips to the 2018 Swamp Lantern Festival.