Coming Soon! The Mighty Skagit: A Wondrous Watershed Exhibit

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Courtesy of HPK Architects | Mount Vernon, WA

Stay tuned for the transformation of our river exhibit into an interactive representation of The Mighty Skagit, A Wondrous Watershed Exhibit!

We are ready for construction, as soon as the funding for this new exhibit is secured.  We have raised $44,000 from donors already, and are seeking grand funds to help close the gap.  You can help!

Goal:  $105,000

Collected: $44,000 (41.9%)
as of 3/20/2014

“Join our flock” and your name
will land on a bird in flight
suspended over the River Exhibit!


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Take a sneak peak into the architect’s plan:



Children’s Museum plans Skagit River exhibit redesign By Kimberly Cauvel

BURLINGTON — The Skagit River is something many valley residents take for granted despite its size and influence. “Whether you’re up in Marblemount or down in Conway, it runs through your community. … But we don’t really think about it unless something happens — like the bridge falls in,” Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group Executive Director Alison Studley said.
Studley and representatives from Puget Sound Energy, North Cascades National Park and others met March 13 at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County to discuss a three-dimensional renovation planned for the museum’s river exhibit: “The Mighty Skagit, A Wondrous Watershed.”

North Cascades National Park spokeswoman Cindy Bjorklund said the Skagit River is part of an important watershed in Puget Sound and the park loves the idea of kids exploring it.

The Skagit is the largest river that feeds into Puget Sound, and is the second largest river in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Architect Julie Blazek, a partner with Mount Vernon-based HKP Architects, designed the museum’s upgrade with several interactive components. She calls it “the museum’s vision to showcase the beauty and wonder of the valley … in a fun and exciting way.”

The museum is ready to move forward with construction as soon as it can afford the $105,000 project. Donors have contributed $44,000 so far, and the museum is in the process of seeking grants to close the gap, Executive Director Cate Anderson said.

The river display was born when the 10-year-old museum moved to Cascade Mall six years ago.

Burlington business owners and museum members Marjorie and Joseph Plewinski said their 2-year-old granddaughter Lillabelle Morris loves to catch plastic fish in the water with magnetic fishing poles. Older kids are also drawn to the activity, like cousins Copper Winch, 5, and Daya Mae Grucza, 4, who visited the museum Monday.

Through the upgrade, the exhibit will be transformed from the existing stone-gray water slide covered in rhino lining into a complete mountains-to-Sound display. Water will flow from a newly built Mount Baker into a colorful, textured riverbed.

The well-loved fishing activity will be replaced with remote-controlled boats, along with wheels kids can turn to change water flow.

One of the wheels will use the water to power a light, drawing a connection with Puget Sound Energy’s Baker River Hydroelectric Project in Concrete.

“It’s great to be a part of this project that educates the community,” Puget Sound Energy Communications Manager Cory Ertel said.

Additional information about the watershed and salmon that live in the river will be available at the kids’ fingertips with a nearby touchscreen.

Tribal symbols will be incorporated as well, and hanging bird specimens of various species will display names of project donors.

“The kids love the river now, but the amount of interaction and education is going to be phenomenal,” Anderson said.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199,, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH,