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The Tribal Life Trail at Lake Wilderness Arboretum

Teaching children about native plants begins early. Thanks to a generous grant from the Washington Native Plant Society, descriptive plant signage was installed along the Tribal Life Trail at Lake Wilderness Arboretum. The scientific and common plant names are inscribed on the signs, as well as information on how the plants were typically used by the Native Americans. The signs have been greatly appreciated by the general public and have drawn the attention of local schools.

The Master Gardeners who were recipients of this WNPS grant enthusiastically began re-searching desirable plant choices and designing display vignettes to showcase the plants and their uses by Native Americans. Sections were designed to illustrate five main types of plant usage: culinary, medicinal, utilitarian, clothing, and ceremonial.

The Tribal Life Trail is open to the public during daylight hours. The Lake Wilderness Arboretum is located at 22520 SE 248th in Maple Valley adjacent to the Lake Wilderness Park. More information is available on the arboretum website.

 

Tribal life trail signage
Interpretive plant signage along the Tribal Life Trail has drawn the interest of local schools.




Updated: March 5, 2015
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