SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve

 We are hiring a Program & Development Director!

SHADOW’s Program & Development Director is the key management leader and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, fundraising activities, and strategic planning of the organization. Other key duties include marketing and community outreach


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!

Native of the Month: Pacific shrew

You’re walking along some bushes in a park, and suddenly see a tiny gray creature skittering into the fallen leaves. At first you may think it’s a rodent, but this frenetic ball of energy is actually a shrew.  While it appears small, shrews are one of the most voracious mammalian predators on the planet. They’re also abundant and widespread, found on five continents in a variety of habitats such as bogs, tundras, savannas,...

Wetlands Can Catch Fire??

It seems that summer is finally here in Western Washington. Time for road trips, camping in the woods, and swimming outside!It also means that it is time to take extra care around all situations of potential risk of starting wildland fires. Last year wildland fires burned over 7 million acres in the U.S. alone, with the majority being in the western region of the country. You might not assume that wetlands are...

Effect of remnant forest on insect response in fire-impacted peatland

We know that fire can be devastating to wildlife, but its effects on smaller creatures like insects are lesser studied. Some critters thrive in extreme heat like desert insects, they live in sand dunes that reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit (82 degrees Celsius)! Other insects, like fire beetles, lay their eggs in trees recently damaged by fire. But fire affects species richness and diversity and with climate change...

We’re Hiring

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is looking to fill the role of Program and Development Director!   The Program and Development Director (updated from Executive Director) is the key management leader and is responsible for overseeing the administration, strategic planning, fundraising, and program activities for the organization. Other key duties include marketing and community outreach. The ideal candidate is driven,...

Happy Pride Month!

The natural world is filled with colorful, magnificent, and fabulously diverse wonders. Many species of mammals, fish, and birds engage in nonreproductive sexual behavior and display same-sex courtship, pair-bonding, and co-parenting. Species like bonobos, giraffes, swans, and lions have all been observed mating for life with individuals of the same sex. Some animals, like moray eels and clown fish, can even change their sex!...

Getting to SHADOW

Tuesday – Saturday: 9AM–6PM

Closed on Sunday & Monday

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

Tel: (425) 432-4914