SHADOW’s educational programing is open to students of all ages, though we ask that children under the age of 13 are 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.

Please contact us if you would like to schedule a guided tour, or are interested in bringing a group out the Nature Preserve.





Event Rental Space

Enjoy the splendor of the outdoors and share the beauty of the Nature Preserve with your guests. Host your next event at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve! 



Rent out the spacious Richter Education Center for community gatherings, meetings, field days, parties, and events. Roll up the doors in summer and enjoy an open-air event. Guests will have the opportunity to stroll the grounds and view the famous Shadow Lake Bog, the Nature Preserve’s founding inspiration.  


Contact SHADOW today to reserve the space 


Site Amenities Include:

  • Large gas BBQ ($10 fee for propane)
  • Kegerator
  • Full outdoor/indoor speaker system
  • 4 outdoor, covered picnic tables
  • 7 long tables
  • 35 red plastic chairs
  • ½ mile boardwalk trail
  • Projector


Seasonal Events


Come celebrate the season at SHADOW!


Throughout the year, SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve offers educational events centered around the changing seasons. From learning about native pollinators on Valentines 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!  


Elegant Beauty: Five Millennia in the Making

An exhibition of art inspired by the wild spaces at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. Lord Byron 

What is it in Nature that evokes the emotional response within us of a work of art? At SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve, we seek to engender an emotional bond between our community and the green spaces we preserve. This multi-media art exhibition inspired by the wild beauty of the Nature Preserve explores this bond. Immerse yourself in the photography, collage, painting, and sculpture that make up this unique collection of art and take a walk through the historic Shadow Lake Bog, to see the natural space that inspired the works.

This diverse collection allows visitors to view the Nature Preserve’s grounds through the eyes of local artists. Come explore the ways that SHADOW’s distinct ecology has influenced South King County culture and keep in mind that this wetland complex has been forming since the last ice age!

Works will hang for sale in SHADOW’s Ritcher Education Center from July 5th – September 15th. The Collection is available for view by appointment and during regularly scheduled SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve programming.


SHADOW Calendar 

Education Programs