Upland Forest Restoration

The Upland Forest site has undergone a large-scale restoration over the past several years with work that began in early 2018. SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve has teamed up with forestry professionals to imitate the natural species succession of Washington’s forests. Learn more about this project on our Restoration Page.

Photo Point Monitoring 

SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve’s Photo Point Monitoring helps us track visual changes and restoration progress at the Nature Preserve over time. Monitoring happens once a season for the next 10 years. We are currently in our fourth year of our ten year Photo Point Monitoring project. 

Wetlands Heritage Project

Our Boardwalk Trail now has signs with information about native plants. This project was funded by a grant from 4Culture. To view the digital native plant signs and experience the native plant tour CLICK HERE.

The information used to create the signs was captured by Gabi Esparza through interviews and interactions with community members, authors, and historians from July 2018 – January 2019. View the full list of RESOURCES HERE.

Amphibian Monitoring 

SHADOW is partnereh with Woodland Park Zoo’s (WPZ) Amphibian Monitoring Program. Monitoring takes place in our freshwater ponds and includes presence of egg masses, juveniles, and adults. Since we began annually monitoring in 2016, WPZ volunteers have observed the Pacific Chorus Frog, Long-Toed Salamander, and the Red-Legged Frog.  Learn more about the WPZ Amphibian Monitoring.


Monitoring Water Quality on Shadow Lake

The Nature Preserve borders the western shore of Shadow Lake and it is central to the health of this area! Staff and volunteers work with the King County Small Lakes Monitoring Program to collect data on the status of the lake throughout the year. The data collected provides information about the dissolved oxygen levels, nutrient levels, turbidity, and temperature of the lake water. 

Learn More: King County Small Lakes Monitoring Program.