The Willow Creek Salmon and Watershed Education Center (WCSWEC) was originally founded as the Deer Creek Salmon Hatchery over 30 years ago by the Laebugten Salmon Chapter 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. It was quickly renamed to Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery and Aquatic Education Center when it was realized the creek below was actually Willow Creek, not the nearby Deer Creek. Over those 30+ years three generations of the local community counting in the thousands have gotten up close and personal with juvenile coho and helped with their rearing and release. It's a local tradition that Sound Salmon Solutions was honored to carry on in 2017 when we assumed operations from Laebugten to build upon their legacy.
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!
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.
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.
Please be aware that we require any users of the facility to have insurance and have an insurance certificate issued adding Sound Salmon Solutions and the City of Edmonds as additional insured.
We also ask that users of the facility, other than SSS (and its partners and volunteers), Laebugten Salmon Chapter, and the City, to 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.