History

The Willow Creek Salmon and Watershed Education Center (WCSWEC) was originally founded  over 30 years ago as the Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery and Aquatic Education Center by the Edmonds based Laebugten Salmon Club as a place where the local community could learn about the salmon life cycle and appreciate the need for salmon conservation to support a robust fishery for generations to come.  Over those 30+ years three generations of the local community have gotten up close and personal with juvenile coho through helping with their rearing at the hatchery and release into local streams and participating in classroom and outdoor salmon education programs thanks to the devotion, persistence, and hard work of the members of the Laebugten Salmon Club and their volunteers. It's a local Edmonds tradition that Sound Salmon Solutions was honored to be asked to carry on in 2017 when we were invited to assume the lease and operations of the facility.  The members of the Laebugten Salmon Club and their dedicated volunteers remain involved as invaluable partners in ensuring the continuity and spirit of their legacy. 

Visiting

The property is owned by the City of Edmonds and is open during daylight hours for quietly enjoying nature.  There is a short trail along the creek. Please stay on the trail and respect the plants and wildlife. Keep pets on a leash and remember to scoop your poop! There's a convenient garbage can next to the hatchery/classroom building.

Programs & Events

SSS provides educational experiences at WCSWEC for all ages about salmon, their life cycle, and their interdependent relationship with humans in the watersheds we share through grant and fee for service funded programs. Please submit any inquiries about educational programming via our Education Program page.

WCSWEC is the site of the annual Edmonds Watershed Fun Fair held the first Saturday in May and the location where Pilchuck Audubon Society holds many wonderful educational opportunities about birds and other wildlife. Check the City's and Pilchuck's websites linked above for details.

Facilities

WCSWEC features a classroom, an educational micro-hatchery for local coho rearing & release, and outdoor learning space along Willow Creek. The classroom and outdoor space can be rented when not in use. The classroom facility includes folding chairs, tables, coffee maker, two white boards with markers and erasers, projection screen, a computer, and projector. It seats up to 32, maximum occupancy 50. An accessible portable restroom is available in the parking lot.

Reserving the wcswec classroom

Please check the calendar below to make sure the classroom is available for your desired dates and times then fill our scheduling form to make your reservation. You can make multiple reservations at once. If you need to change or reschedule a reservation, you can do so from the form or the confirmation email that you receive after making your reservation.

We require all non-SSS affiliated users of the facility to have insurance. You must have an insurance certificate issued by your insurer adding Sound Salmon Solutions and the City of Edmonds as additional insured prior to using the facility. 

The WCSWEC Classroom is a self-serve facility. You are responsible for your own set up & clean up. Instructions will be provided regarding accessing the classroom, equipment use, and clean up procedures. WCSWEC staff , if available, can do table/chair set up, give AV/IT assistance, and/or do post-event clean up for you for $50/hour, one hour minimum charge. Contact the Hatchery Program Coordinator to make arrangements.




We also ask that users of the facility make a suggested donation of $25/hour for facility use to defray our costs in managing the scheduling and upkeep of the facility.  We understand as a small nonprofit ourselves that many of the groups using the facility may not be able to make such a donation and we will gladly accept any amount donated. Inability to make a donation does not preclude you from using the facility. SSS, its volunteers, and project partners are exempt from this request.