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!

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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!

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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!

Curriculum Structure

Wilderness Adventures offer environmental education experiences for Pre K- 12th grade students of all abilities and learning styles. Wilderness Adventures are based in our Upland Forest, a place of both active restoration and climax, old growth forest  OR our 5-10,000-year-old peat bog – the gem of the Nature Preserve. Our preserve features many plant communities, ecosystems, and habitats and we invite learned to explore these beautiful places with us!

Ali Yeates, our Education Manager, is a former Expeditionary Learning elementary teacher, National Park Service Education Ranger, and middle school science educator. She brings a passion for experiential education and science into her lessons as well as a bit of fun. Ali firmly believes that experiences like a Wilderness Adventures can lay the foundation for a love of science and a land ethic in young learners.

Topics Explored

When you book your Wilderness Adventure, you will also select your areas of interest. SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s education team will facilitate the activities that meet your educational goals and match the needs and ages represented in your group.

Bog Exploration: Take a walk back in time and explore SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s 5,000-year-old peat bog. This rare habitat is one of the few peatlands remaining in King County and viewing it can only be described as magical. Naturalists will lead you down the trail and describe some of the native plants and wildlife signs that you spot along the way.

Water & Watersheds: Explore hydrology, watersheds, stormwater management, water quality monitoring, and how we can make a difference in our local watershed.

Plants & Animals: Who lives on SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve? Activities include habitat exploration, native plant identification, adaptation exploration, relationships, basic ecology principles, and more.

Youth Science: Learn and Do with this activity focused around the scientific exploration. This activity will focus around observations of wildlife for our iNaturalist database, recording the pH in wetlands for our Bog Project, or recording information on plants for the National Phenology Network.

 

Pricing & Packages

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Summer Programs

 

Bring a group: Summer Wilderness Adventures

Summer is the perfect time to bring a group out to the Nature Preserve. Our Summer Wilderness Adventures are perfect for visiting day camps, scout groups, or any other

Activities

Summer Wilderness Adventures always include a bog tour and can also

Bog Walk: Take a walk back in time and explore SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s 5-10,000-year-old peat bog. This rare habitat is one of the few peatlands remaining in King County and viewing it can only be described as magical. We will explore this ecosystem together and do a few fun activities along the way!

Hiking: Join a SHADOW Naturalist for a hike around the Nature Preserve. We are home to over 3 miles of trails perfect for exploring young and old forests, wetlands, and more!

Nature Art: Create nature-inspired art and let the Nature Preserve be your muse. We will choose between a variety of activities: Found Item Art, The Art of Nature Journaling, Building Fairy Houses, Design Your Own Bog Creature and more!

Youth Science: Learn and Do with this activity focused around the scientific exploration. This activity will focus around observations of wildlife for our iNaturalist database, recording the pH in wetlands for our Bog Project, or recording information on plants for the National Phenology Network.

Gardening: Spend time gardening and learning about Native Plants at our Native Plant Garden. This activity is all about care for our garden and the earth while learning the importance of pollinators.

 

Contact us to book your Wilderness Adventure today!

 

Intern at SHADOW

Make a lasting impact at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve and in your career! Intern at SHADOW to gain valuable work experience, make a difference in your community and create a project that matches your passion with the needs of the Nature Preserve.

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Seasonal Events

 

 

Come celebrate the seasons at SHADOW!

Throughout the year, SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve offers educational events centered around the changing seasons. From learning about native pollinators on Valentine’s Day to exploring the Spooktacular, Haunted Peat Bog around Halloween, these events offer fun-for-the-whole-family opportunities to get outside and learn about nature!

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Join the Volunteer Team

 

Join the SHADOW volunteer team and become a Bog Ambassador today! SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s volunteer program offers unique opportunities to grow your knowledge, make a real impact in your community, and meet new friends. Hands-on volunteer experiences at SHADOW empower community members to act at the Nature Preserve and throughout their community. Volunteering with SHADOW is flexible and can be designed to meet any schedule!

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Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on the property. Unless otherwise specified, SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve events are held at the Ritcher Education Center.