Youth Programs


The Arboretum provides a perfect classroom!

An important aspect of our Activities program is helping our youth appreciate and learn about nature. Arbor Day tree plantings and activities provide our elementary youth with learning experiences coupled with fun time, an example being going on Nature Scavenger Hunts.One student wrote in a thank-you note, “It was really fun planting the tree. It was also fun looking at the middle of the tree. I also liked when we did the scavenger hunt.”

Hey kids, use these great links to learn tree stuff!

Common Conifers of the Northwest:  This site provides facts on common conifers in the Northwest, like junipers, yew, redwood, larch and pine.

Real Trees 4 Kids:  There’s lots to learn about trees and tree farming, and this site has materials geared to different grade levels!

Arbor Day:  A page that has cool links to sites that have Arbor Day history, online games, eCards and much more!

Local Tahoma High School students and members of the Boy Scouts of America have participated in Arboretum projects as well. The work they’ve done has greatly enhanced the Arboretum’s grounds. Several Eagle Scouts have completed projects such as building fences, laying sod, installing benches and restoring trails.

Contact us if you are interested in doing a project at the Arboretum! We’d be happy to meet with you and discuss your project.

Lake Wilderness Arboretum is located in Lake Wilderness Park at 22520 SE 248th in Maple Valley, WA.