Local Nature Preserve Offers Family-friendly Events Through Summer

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Though it’s been around since 1996, many locals are still discovering a little-known nature preserve that is hidden just beyond commercial areas of Fairwood and Maple Valley – at SHADOW Lake Nature Preserve, local families are finding a secluded place to learn and play with their children, and meet other residents.

“This wonderful place is not only a great place to come to for peace and quiet but also a great place to educate children,” said one parent who attended Outdoor Preschool.

At other events like Wilderness Adventures, children age 7+ learn about wildlife, orientation and ecology through games and exploration. Outdoor Preschool and Wilderness Adventures are offered every Friday with a new theme each week. In addition to the fun and games, volunteer opportunities and monthly work parties help youth earn service hours and beef up their resume.

Every September, the community transforms this quiet wetland into a raucous occassion at the annual celebration known as Frog Frolic– a free public event with live music, raffle prizes, silent auction, guided tours and potluck.

The featured star of these events is Shadow Lake Bog, a unique type of wetland which was once common in King County, but is now a rarity as a result of rapid development over the past century. A remnant of the glaciers which once covered this area, peat bogs provide unique habitat for plant and wildlife communities and are critical to water quality and flood control.

For more information on upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.shadowhabitat.org or call 425-432-4914.

  • Outdoor Preschool Play Dates
    Every Friday: 10am- 1pm
    Bring your little ones out to SHADOW and explore nature with new friends! Come for all or part of the day. We’ll host 15 minute activities on the hour. $5/family rain or shine
  • Wilderness Adventures
    Every Friday: 3pm- 5pm
    Come discover the secrets of nature with our experienced Mentors through games, scavenger hunts and animal secrets! Learn about a new topic every week! $5/person, Age 7+, rain or shine
  • Forest & Wetland Restoration
    Last Saturdays of the month: 10a- 1pm
    Practice hands-on stewardship with friends and neighbors and learn techniques for sustainable landscape management, plant selection, forest monitoring and wildlife habitat enhancement! FREE
  • 16th Annual Frog Frolic
    Saturday, Sept 8: 1pm- 5pm
    Celebrate our community and environment with live bluegrass music, children’s activities, silent auction, potluck, guided tours and more! FREE

For registration and information, or to volunteer, visit www.shadowhabitat.org or contact 425-432-4914 or [email protected]

Frog Frolic 2012
Saturday, Sept 8

Save Habitat And Diversity Of Wetlands is a 501c3 dedicated to the sustainability of Shadow Lake Bog and other unique habitats within Jenkins Creek Basin through environmental education, preservation, and restoration.

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