Streamfest to highlight natural resources next Saturday

Festival to be Oct. 14 at Peninsula College

PORT ANGELES — StreamFest will offer attractions for the entire family next Saturday on the Port Angeles campus of Peninsula College.

The Port Angeles Garden Club, in conjunction with the Clallam Conservation District, has taken over the event to continue the tradition of “Tending our Gardens Beyond our Backyards.”

All activities will be free at the festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Peninsula College, 1503 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Parking is plentiful and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Activities for youngsters include the Children’s Passport Activity during which they can learn about pollinators and then plant seeds to take home to grow and help attract bees and other pollinators to their own yards.

Face painting sponsored by North Olympic Land Trust is planned.

A “Procession of the Species,” where children dress as their favorite animals and participate in the StreamFest Parade, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Children who arrive before then can make masks or get their faces painted.

Local organizations will be on hand to help acquaint visitors with groups working to preserve, protect and restore natural resources. Among them will be the North Olympic Land Trust, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Friends Of Ennis Creek, Stream Keepers, Peninsula Trails Coalition, NatureBridge, Fiero Marine Life Center,, Backcountry Horsemen, Regenerative Farm Coalition, Dungeness River Nature Center and Port Angeles Fine Arts Center.

More than twice as many exhibitors as last year will join in the event this year, organizers said. At least 31 had signed up.

Also, back by popular demand, the Adopt-a-Native-Plant booth is co-sponsored by the Clallam Conservation District and the Port Angeles Garden Club. The easy-care native plants are free. Knowledgeable volunteers will be on hand to help you find the right plant for the right spot.

Music will be provided by Rose and David Secord. Erik Evans, the “Bagpiper on the Bridge,” will perform.

Started by longtime local environmental activists Robbie and Jim Mantooth, StreamFest was held on their property for years until the event outgrew its surroundings.

“My husband Jim and I never dreamed the North Olympic Land Trust’s StreamFest we hosted for a dozen years would get a new life and leadership more than a decade later,” said Robbie Mantooth.

“We are thrilled to see the Port Angeles Garden Club take on this family-friendly, fun and free one-day event.”

Garden Club members have all “Pledge(d) to protect and conserve the natural resources of this planet and promote education so that we may become caretakers of our air, water, forests, land and wildlife.”

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