SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is your local green space. Come find your place in the SHADOW community today!

SHADOW offers community classes, taught by local environmentalists, naturalist-guided, Friday morning nature walks, Wilderness Adventure Field Trips for classes of all sorts, summer programs, and seasonal events. Finally, SHADOW’s volunteer program offers unique, hands-on opportunities to grow your knowledge.

 


 

 

 

Are we missing anything? If you are interested in engaging with the Nature Preserve in some way that you don’t see here, please let us know! SHADOW seeks to promote community ownership of the property. Contact SHADOW 

 

 

Community Classes

 

SHADOW’s community classes are unique opportunities for experts from throughout the region to share their passion and knowledge in the beauty of the Nature Preserve. Past classes have included interactive experiences from Puget Soundkeeprs Alliance, Rent Mason Bees, and more! SHADOW offers premier educational opportunities to the communities of South King County, where they live. Buff up on your native plant identification skills, complete an original work of nature-inspired art, learn to call like a barred owl, and much more!

SHADOW Class Calendar 

Want to teach a class? Please contact us!

 

 

 

Guided Nature Walks 

 

Enjoy the beauty of your neighborhood Nature Preserve with an expert naturalist by your side! Take a gentle stroll and explore new places and ideas every month. Naturalists will draw your eye to the hidden wonders of Washington’s forests, wetlands, and streams. Perfect for students of all ages; learn what the natural world has in store for you!

SHADOW Calendar 

 

 

Wilderness Adventure Field Trips 

 

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s field trip experiences, combine the rigors of curriculum aligned with Washington State’s Next Generation Science Standards with field experiences that can shape a student’s learning for years to come.  Booked by appointment, Wilderness Adventures are interdisciplinary, hands-on, environmental education programs for students of all grade levels. Wilderness Adventures are designed to be relevant in the classroom and appeal to all learning styles.

Contact us to book your Wilderness Adventure today!

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve boasts a variety of plant communities and ecosystems to explore, including the rare and beautiful Shadow Lake Bog. With 3 miles of trails, covered picnic tables, a field for games, and an indoor Education Center, SHADOW is the perfect place for a field trip.

While at SHADOW, students will participate in hands-on, experiential learning that is designed to fit each grade level and learning type. Trip offerings are based on Washington’s Next Generation State Science Standards and introduce key concepts to students in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Wilderness Adventures are led by SHADOW Naturalists, who have experience in environmental education and group management.

We schedule these trips Wednesday- Friday usually at 10 AM and 12:30PM. Due to the narrow nature of the trails, we ask for group sizes of no more than 30 students per class session. We request 1 chaperone for every 7 students.

Trips will be held outdoors rain or shine, so preparing students with appropriate clothing is important. In severe weather, trips may be held inside or postponed.

 

Costs

We believe that ALL students should experience this special ecosystem, which is why we work hard to subsidize our educational programming. We offer competitive pricing with a sliding scale, based on percentage of students receiving free & reduced lunch.

All Wilderness Adventures are available to home school groups (with 10 or more students) and priced per the number or attendees.

Please contact our Education Manager at education@shadowhabitat.org for more information on alternative pricing.

All groups are required to place a $20 non-refundable booking deposit to secure their date. Once a Wilderness Adventure is booked, we will send a Welcome Packet with detailed information.

Sprout Scout

Use your whole body on a Sensory Adventure Walk through SHADOW's Wetlands and Bog. As we walk down our ½ mile (RT), accessible boardwalk trail, will explore the amphibian pond and try to spot wildlife, touch moss and mushrooms, sniff for the aroma of skunk cabbage, and more! We will give Sprouts the chance to use scientific tools to get a closer look at some of the life here at the Nature Preserve and test their senses with a Mystery Touch game! 45-minute program, 20 students or less $3 per individual We ask that additional adults pay the participation fee.

Sprout Romp

Mid April – October, Ages 4&5 Sprouts will hike down the 1 mile (RT) Woods Trail towards the riparian wetland and get a chance to spot wildlife, hunt for colors of the rainbow, test their ability to hop like a Pacific Chorus Frog and stand like a Great Blue Heron. 60 to 75-minute program, 20 students or less $5 per individual (including siblings over 2 years old). School employees are free. Students should eat a small snack beforehand or bring one to eat at the parking area. 1:5 ratio adult to student- We ask that additional adults pay the participation fee.

Bountiful Bog

Take a Wetland Walk through SHADOW Lake Bog! As we walk down our boardwalk trail, we will explore what the recipe for a bog would be. Students will learn about three different ecosystems on the trail and how the bog was created. We will end the walk with activities about the organisms found in wetlands and imagine what life would be like as an animal if SHADOW was your home. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups. $125 per class for a 60-minute program 0.5 mile RT walk over easy terrain and a flat boardwalk. No stairs or other impediments to wheelchairs.

Wetland Explorers

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is home to a beautiful bog but also boasts the headwaters of Jenkins Creek. Our wetland complex supports woodland wildlife, but did you know it also supports salmon habitat by adding fresh, clean, and cool water to our watershed!? Come enjoy our Upland Forest as we explore this riparian corridor and learn about the importance of preserving the habitats of the wild organisms that live here. We will explore topics like biotic and abiotic factors, niches, habitats, wetlands, and watersheds. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups. $175 per class for a 90-minute program 1 mile walk over easy to moderate terrain. Trail can be muddy during wet season.

Bog Connections

Take a Wetland Walk through SHADOW Lake Bog! As we walk down our boardwalk trail, we will explore what the recipe for a bog would be. Students will see three different ecosystems while on the trail and explore the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers. We will end the walk with an activity that connects humor, creative imagination, and complex topics like habitats and adaptations. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups. $125 per class for a 60-minute program 0.5 mile RT walk over easy terrain and a flat boardwalk. No stairs or other impediments to wheelchairs.  

Time Machine

Travel back in time and learn about how this globally imperiled ecosystem was formed! As we walk down our boardwalk trail, we will explore how the bog was created, through art and storytelling. We will talk about the geology of the Puget Sound as well as the living systems that have thrived since. Students will get a change to model geologic forces in the SHADOW lab at the Education Center. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into groups. $125 per class for a 60-minute program $175 per class for a 90-minute program 0.5 mile RT walk over easy terrain and a flat boardwalk. No stairs or other impediments to wheelchairs.

Nature Journaling 

A true STEAM experience, the practice of Nature Journaling is one most naturalists use to help them record observations and remember what they have seen. We will begin the day with a quick, all class, intro to what nature journaling is and how scientists use it to help them learn about the natural world. We will then take a Wetland Walk through SHADOW Lake Bog and we will explore the three different ecosystems found there. While on the trail, we will take time to record what we see- at both the large and small scales. This course can include information on topics that are relevant to what students are currently studying in class but dives deep into observation, reflection, and connection with the natural world. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups.  $175 per class for a 90-minute program  0.5 mile RT walk over easy terrain and a flat boardwalk. No stairs or other impediments to wheelchairs 

Ecosystem Exploration

Come explore SHADOW's Uplands Forest and make connections. We will dive deep into plant and animal adaptations, the web of connections between living and non-living things, and hike through two distinct ecosystems while we are at it! Students will become scientists and work to uncover driving factors behind the presence or absence of certain habitats or species. Topics like pH, water quality, storm water runoff, and restoration will be introduced. 30 students or less $200 per class for a 120-minute program Eating lunch at SHADOW's office area before or after this program is encouraged. SHADOW prefers to offer this program as two walks: one in our Bog and one in our Uplands Forest. Students must have transportation for this 1-mile trip between trailheads during the Wilderness Adventure. If this is not possible, the Ecosystem Exploration trip can be offered as two walks from our Uplands Entrance but students will not hike the Bog Trail with a naturalist.

Beyond the Bog

Take a Wetland Walk through SHADOW Lake Bog! As we walk down our boardwalk trail, we will explore what it means to be a globally imperiled ecosystem. Students will learn about and experience how urbanization and a warming climate is affecting this place. Students will have a chance to discuss the complexities of land management and learn about ecosystem restoration. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups. $125 per class for a 60 to 75-minute program 0.5 mile RT walk over easy terrain and a flat boardwalk. No stairs or other impediments to wheelchairs.

Nature Journaling 

A true STEAM experience, the practice of Nature Journaling is one most naturalists use to help them record observations and remember what they have seen. We will begin the day with a quick, all class, intro to what nature journaling is and how scientists use it to help them learn about the natural world. We will then take a Wetland Walk through SHADOW Lake Bog and we will explore the three different ecosystems found there. While on the trail, we will take time to record what we see- at both the large and small scales. This course can include information on topics that are relevant to what students are currently studying in class but dives deep into observation, reflection, and connection with the natural world.  30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups.  $175 per class for a 90-minute program  0.5 mile RT walk over easy terrain and a flat boardwalk. No stairs or other impediments to wheelchairs 

Restoration and Recovery

Take a walk through 2 forests: one in the midst of restoration and the other a beautiful example of a Pacific Northwest Climax Forest. Students will place themselves into the role of land manager as they consider the deeper implications of preservation and human use. While we hike, we will play games and learn about ecology, ecosystem services, population dynamics and consider the health benefits of being outside. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups. $200 per class for a 120-minute program 1 mile walk over easy to moderate terrain. Trail can be muddy during wet season.

Stewardship

Over 100 acres of land is taken care of by staff and volunteers, like you! After a bog walk, join SHADOW in preserving the wildlife habitat at the Nature Preserve.  Youth will work to tackle a task such as removing weeds and brush from trails, removing invasive species, or beautifying SHADOW’s grounds.  Staff appreciate the help and youth learn new skills while contributing to their community. 30 students or less $125 per class for a 120-minute program Gloves, tools, and all necessary training will be provided. Task range in physical demand, please inform SHADOW staff of physical limitations prior to arrival.
Appropriate for a Green Team or a class, high school experiences at SHADOW can be highly tailored to provide excellent learning opportunities. Groups must be larger than 10 students and have at least one adult chaperone. Highschool students are encouraged to apply for our stipend, annual Summer Internship.

Bog Walk

Go in-depth on the legacy and importance of this globally imperiled ecosystem. For our high school learners, bog tours can be tailored to group interest. Students can use SHADOW as a lab to test water quality factors at our 2 wetland wells (including one in the heart of the bog). Introduction of key concepts like data collection, data storage, community science, and storm water runoff can be addressed. Career information in topics like restoration, wildlife biology, land management, and land stewardship can provide avenues to explore other topics as well. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups. $5 per individual for a 60-90-minute program 0.5 mile RT walk over easy terrain and a flat boardwalk. No stairs or other impediments to wheelchairs.

Stewardship

Over 100 acres of land is taken care of by staff and volunteers, like you! After a bog walk, help SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve in the work of preservation. Youth will work to tackle a task such as removing weeds and brush from trails, removing invasive species, or beautifying SHADOW’s grounds.  Staff appreciate the help and youth learn new skills while contributing to their community. 30 students or less, classes over 20 may be broken into 2 small groups. $3 per individual for a 3-hour program Gloves, tools, and all necessary training will be provided. Tasks range in physical demand, please inform SHADOW staff of physical limitations prior to arrival.