Northwest Stream Center



A Place to teach...and a place to learn.  A place to discover...and a place to return to.  The Northwest Stream Center is a place for young and old, individuals and businesses, schools and governments to work together to protect or streams and wetlands...and to improve the quality of all of our lives.

The Northwest Stream Center is located on a beautiful 20-acre site leased from Snohomish County Parks and Recreation in Mc Collum Park approximately 1/2 mile east of Interstate 5 between Seattle and Everett, WA.  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,” says AASF Director Tom Murdoch.  “Here, we have all the ingredients necessary to teach people how to become stewards of their watersheds, and it is accessible to everyone along the I-5 corridor.”

The NW Stream Center Master Plan calls for the following features:

  1.     Visitors Building

  2.     Trout Stream Exhibit

  3.     Raised Boardwalk Interpretive Trails

  4.     Forest Canopy Viewing Tower

The Visitors Building is largely complete and the headquarters for Streamkeeper Academy.  Thanks to 47 partners, the Trout Stream Exhibit construction is 90% complete.  Funds are being sought to build the Raised Boardwalk Interpretive Trails and the Forest Canopy Viewing Tower.  Murdoch advises that once Phase I of the raised boardwalks are installed, the Northwest Stream Center will open to the public on a limited basis “We will function like the Bloedel Reserve  ( on Bainbridge Island” says Murdoch.  “Numbers of visitors will be limited to with a reservation process to ensure that the wildlife who call the NW Steam Center home stay...and that our visitors have a great outdoor experience.” 

Learn more about the capital campaign for each Northwest Stream Center feature through the links above.  You can help by becoming a donor and enable us to teach up to 45,000 visitors a year the: