Native Plant Garden Tour

Shadow Lake Elementary School

Want to know more about native plants, wildlife and Native Americans of our area?

The Discover Washington Garden was professionally designed with the following educational goals for students and visitors:

-- Educate about the sustainability benefits provided by native plants and their habitats (especially to humans and wildlife)

-- Learn about the habitat of native plants and their role in our ecosystem

-- Identify common native plants of the Pacific Northwest

-- Understand how native plants have affected the culture and history of the Pacific Northwest inhabitants

-- Enhancement of Washington education curriculum

-- Foster service learning and earth stewardship


Sunday, April 28th, 10am-2pm

22620 Sweeney Road Southeast

Maple Valley, WA

The Discover Washington Garden at Shadow Lake is being featured as part of the Washington Native Plant Society's Native Plant Appreciation Week ( The garden was established in 2005 and provides South King County with a learning garden centered on native habitat, and its interrelationships with wildlife and humans. It is located in the front entry of the school, replacing an area of lawn. Native plants and rocks common to the Pacific Northwest provide the core of the garden. Educational signage identifying native plants, highlighting general information about native habitat and regional ethnobotany is interspersed throughout the garden. In addition, there is a loop trail through a mixed native woodland forest adjacent to the garden.

Nature Nuts at Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake provides a community funded (free to kids) after school program as well as a summer camp in partnership with the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council called Nature & Art Explorers. More information can be found at the website below.