Sustainable Hiking Practices

Sustainable Hiking Practices

Outdoor ethics constantly evolves with emerging research, but many basic principles for trail use remain the same. We ask that you follow these simple guidelines to the best of your abilities when visiting SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve and other outdoor spaces. One less...
Protecting and Preserving since 1995

Protecting and Preserving since 1995

SHADOW (Save Habitat And Diversity of Wetlands) started out with just two individuals, Max and Erin Prinsen, determined to make a difference in their community. In 1995, Max and Erin purchased a 18.5-acre forested lot next to their home that was being used as an...
Significance of Shadow Lake Bog

Significance of Shadow Lake Bog

If you have ever visited SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve, chances are that you’ve probably seen the Shadow Lake Bog. As you may know, a bog is a wetland habitat that is characterized by spongy ground that consists of partially decaying plant debris called peat....
The Worth of Our Water and Wetlands

The Worth of Our Water and Wetlands

What do wetlands give us? Why keep them around? Among other benefits, wetlands improve our water quality in many different ways. Healthy wetlands store and filter nutrients, sediments, pollutants, metals, harmful bacteria, and acids preventing them from entering our...
Preserve and Protect First

Preserve and Protect First

Habitat loss is one of the world’s greatest threats to species diversity and to the natural world. Habitat loss occurs when natural habitat is destroyed, fragmented, or degraded. Most of the time, habitat loss is a...