SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve


SHADOW offers community classes & events, taught by local environmentalists, Friday morning nature walks, Wilderness Adventure Field Trips, summer programs, and Wild Walks for non-school groups of all ages.


Protection of natural lands not only retains habitat for Washington’s native plants and wildlife, but also offers human benefits through ecological services like carbon storage, groundwater recharge, flood and drought mitigation, and storm-water filtration. 

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is committed to preserving and protecting vulnerable ecosystems in a rapidly urbanizing corner of King County.


SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s Restoration & Stewardship Programs help maintain and restore vulnerable habitat and ecosystems at the Nature Preserve that support native flora and fauna while providing educational stewardship opportunities to our community.

Come explore SHADOW’s unique ecosystems, today!

Young Sustainability: Fire Season

Hello and Happy Summer! I am happy to introduce Young Sustainability, a new feature column from SHADOW’s Teens in Public Service Intern, Isabella Boparai. Last newsletter you met Isabella, and learned of her great interest in environmental preservation, social justice, supporting students of all incomes having needed school supplies and enjoying playing a great game of soccer. As part of her work with us, Isabella has created a...

Indigenous Fire Practices Shape our Land

For centuries, Indigenous communities use fire as an integral tool for various aspects of their way of life. From clearing lands for cultivation to hunting game, this deliberate use of fire, known as "cultural burning," was a means of promoting ecological diversity and mitigating the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Cultural burning was rooted in the Indigenous philosophy of fire as a form of medicine. This practice involved...

Native of the Month: Lodgepole pine

Lodgepole pine - Pinus contortaThe Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta) has mastered the art of regeneration through flames. Found across a range of landscapes, from coastal regions to mountain slopes, Lodgepole Pine has evolved to thrive in fire-prone ecosystems. Its secret lies in its serotinous cones, a remarkable mechanism that underscores nature's ingenious designs. These cones are sealed by resin and await fire to unlock their...

Welcome Isabella!

Greetings everyone! My name is Isabella Boparai, and I am the newest intern at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. I am currently entering my senior year at Bellevue High School and plan to major in political science. Some of my interests include food, food, and more food. But in all seriousness, I enjoy playing soccer, spending time with my two dogs, working at Cold Stone, and seeing my friends and family. I have also created a...

Know Your ‘Why’

Know your why in July and be inspired all year long! There are many catch phrases out there about finding out what drives or inspires you, one that I have most recently heard and relate to is “Know Your Why.” We start our lives asking lots of whys, much to the chagrin of our parents, as we try to figure out how the world works and our place in it. Somewhere along the way you find your personal “why,” the thing that most motivates...

Getting to SHADOW

Tuesday – Saturday: 9AM–6PM

Closed on Sunday & Monday

Location: 21656 184th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98058

Tel: (425) 432-4914