I always love to tell you about hidden treasures, and today I’ve got a nature walk and a preschool program I bet you’ve never heard of for my South King County friends.
Shadow Lake Nature Preserve is a 92 acre wetland preserve in Renton with one of the area’s last peat bogs. It’s home to frogs, bugs, and all kinds of fun growing things for you and your kiddos to investigate.
You can take a self guided tour by walking the half mile boardwalk. It’s a short, flat stroll just right for preschool legs. The boys and I got a tour with coordinator, Darren, and I really enjoyed learning about this unique environment. The boys were honestly only interested in trying to find berries to eat, but this was our 4th stop on a day full of blog adventures, and they were pretty much over it (It’s hard being my kids).
Shadow also hosts educational programs, special events, and preschool programs.
They also host lots of private groups. It’s a great spot for your homeschool or Scout group, and they’re always looking for volunteers.
Speaking of volunteers, you should know that there are just two paid staffers at this little spot, so don’t go expecting a slick, Disney style outing. The area you can walk is also quite small, so don’t get everyone geared up for a zoo style adventure. Do go to enjoy a short, quiet walk or a morning of discovery. You can learn more about their educational programs and find all the contact information here. I found this spot with no trouble, but it does sort of sneak up on you. Be sure to clarify which entrance to go to, and you may want to carpool if you’re coming as a group. If you check it out, let me know what you think!
PS Their Facebook page is the best way to stay up to date on their hours and happenings