SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is sad to announce the closure of the boardwalk trail due to fallen trees from the most recent windstorm. This trail is an essential part of SHADOW’s grounds and mission as it is the only way into the bog on the property. This trail is ultimately important because of SHADOW’s education programs, there are over 1,000 local students scheduled to tour Shadow Lake Bog this Spring, including every 4th grader from the Tahoma School District. The repairs to the boardwalk will be very costly; this habitat is extremely sensitive and will need highly trained professionals to take this project on. On top of the labor, there will also be materials cost, which can add up quickly. 


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SHADOW is a small non-profit who functions only on grant money and donations, a Gofundme has been started in order to raise funds more quickly and get the ball rolling on repairs.

If we are not able to reopen the Boardwalk in time, this year’s fourth graders will miss their opportunity to tour Shadow Lake Bog and learn about how the last ice age shaped our region.


Beyond the children who learn at SHADOW, the Boardwalk is visited by over 3,000 local community members each year. It is a space for nature reflection and wetlands education. There are 12 brand new native plant interpretive signs being installed in the bog in 2019. Please help us maintain access to this vital green space!


Any additional funds raised above and beyond the cost of repairs will be put directly into SHADOW’s Education Program.