SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve Hosts Spring & Summer Events

Photo courtesy of SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve

Upcoming, family-friendly events at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve

If you are a nature lover, love to learn or both, you’ll want to check out these events upcoming events, hosted at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve (21656 184th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98058).

Please note, all events are free but donations of $10 to $15 per participant are suggested. SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve is run off of the generous donations of private individuals. All ages are welcome, but children under 13 must come accompanied by an adult guardian (exception – summer camps do not require an adult guardian).

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm
Earth Day: A Native Plant Celebration

This Earth Day, learn to love native plants! Come to SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve to discover the beauty and functionality of our Puget Sound Lowland plants. Join us for a day of discovery and fun to explore how you can show the Earth some love this spring season by choosing plants that support wildlife, improve water quality, and look beautiful to boot!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/earth-day-a-native-plant-celebration-tickets-32905688801

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8 – 10 am
Introduction to Backyard Birds

Who’s that bird in your backyard? Learn to observe and identify common birds of Western Washington. Join the Rainier Audubon Society President for an informative morning full of fun! Hear about the biology of local birds, learn to identify those that commonly visit backyard feeders, and discover what you can do to keep birds coming back year after year!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-backyard-birding-tickets-33063828802

Friday, May 12, 2017, 10 – 11 am
Guided Nature Hike: Tour of the Upland Forest

Explore the beauty of our trails with a guide to lead you through the diverse ecology represented at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. Guided Nature Walks are outdoor explorations that take place rain or shine. Come with weather appropriate clothes and shoes for moderate levels of walking – inclines or uneven ground may be encountered on this walk.

This month, explore the upland forest of the Nature Preserve. See forest succession in action, discover what “an octopus tree” could be, and feel like you’re walking back in time!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-nature-walk-tour-of-the-upland-forest-tickets-32905748981

Saturday, May 27, 2017, 1 – 3 pm
Save the Frogs Eco-Fest

Join SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve and the Woodland Park Zoo to explore the wonder of amphibians and learn what you can do to protect them and their habitats. Amphibians are the least understood land vertebrate, but are a critical part of the ecosystem. Play froggy games, participate in froggy crafts, and view SHADOW’s own amphibian pond!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/save-the-frogs-eco-fest-tickets-32905784086

Thursday, June 1, 2017 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Indigenous Peoples, Native Plants, and Peatlands

Join the Snoqualmie Tribe to learn about traditional uses of the native plants commonly found in bogs! Hear about the unique land-management strategies of the Snoqualmie People and how peatlands were historically utilized, then take a guided walk through the Nature Preserve with tribal staff. This one-of-a-kind event brings together the unique habitats at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve and the cultural knowledge of the Snoqualmie Tribe.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-peoples-native-plants-and-peatlands-tickets-32905842260

Friday, June 16, 2017: 10 – 11 am
Guided Nature Hike: Blooming Bog!

Explore the beauty of our trails with a guide to lead you through the diverse ecology represented at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve. Guided Nature Walks are outdoor explorations that take place rain or shine. Come with weather appropriate clothes and shoes for moderate levels of walking – inclines or uneven ground may be encountered on this walk.

This month, come see our 5,000 year old peat bog in bloom! Just in time for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, explore the unique biology of this Pacific Northwest gem. See Labrador tea, bog laurel, and bog cranberry and enjoy the beauty of this unique habitat.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-nature-walk-blooming-bog-tickets-32905899431

Summer Events

July 18 – 21, 2017, 10 am – 3 pm
Teen Service Camp

$40 = $10/day to cover snacks

Join us at the Nature Preserve this summer for days of service and friendship! Teens will enjoy  time working in the outdoors, learning about the native and invasive plants of western Washington, and hearing from natural resource professionals. Each day will feature lunch with a local environmental science professional! This camp gives a window into the environmental science field and exposes students to a variety of career options!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-environmental-service-camp-tickets-32906376859

August 1, 2 & 3, 2017, 8 am – 12 pm
SHADOW Half-day Summer Camp

$70 registration for three half-days

Join us at the Nature Preserve this summer for educational activities full of environmental science fun! Let your child experience the wonders of outdoor learning as they discover their natural world. Students will explore the importance of clean, healthy water; discover the wonder of wetlands; and explore the amazing amphibians native to Western Washington!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-explorers-half-day-summer-camp-tickets-32906256499

August 4, 2017, 6 – 8 pm
Family Campfire Night

Blurb: Celebrate the end of summer in style at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve; join us for an evening of songs, games, and camp-out fun! Roast marshmallows, tell spooky stories, and take a twilight tour of our 5,000 year old peat bog.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-campfire-night-tickets-32906515273

Restoration Work Party Dates: April, May and June 2017

Learn about and preform restoration in a beautiful and complex wetland system! Restoration Work Parties take place Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve (21656 184th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98058). No previous experience or tools are required, simply arrive with weather-proof clothing for working outside, a water bottle, and a smile. Please be aware that you may encounter muddy areas and plants with thorns. These events are held, rain or shine!

Dates: 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24

To register, contact Emily at: [email protected] or call 425-432-4914.