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Some Public Lands Reopening Statewide May 5

April 27, 2020

Starting May 5, DNR-managed lands throughout the state will reopen - that includes Shelton View Forest! See below for tips to recreate responsibility once the closure is lifted.

Thank you to everyone for staying home and staying healthy! We look forward to seeing you in the forest soon.

DNR Lands Closed Statewide

March 26, 2020

As of March 26, all Department of Natural Resources managed lands are CLOSED statewide. That includes 26 acres of Shelton View Forest. All three of the public trailheads to the forest are now  closed - that includes the 7th Ave W, 234th PL SW, and the Meridian Ave S entrances. The closure is expected to last through May 4. Let's all work together to stay home and stay healthy. Once this challenging time passes, we can all join together to celebrate in the forest we love.

Leash Laws Do Not Apply in Shelton View Forest

March 21, 2020

Leash laws DO NOT APPLY in Shelton View Forest. Common courtesy includes picking up poop (and taking it out with you), being aware of other people and dogs, and having a leash with you in the event it is needed. Signs that were found posted throughout the forest recently have been removed.

Shelton View Forest is not a city park. The majority of it is open and unregulated DNR land. The rules that do apply are dictated by DNR. They include: no fires, no dumping, no tree cutting, and no motorized vehicles. We work in partnership with DNR to conduct activities like tree planting and trail maintenance.

Monthly Walks in Shelton View Forest!

March 16, 2020

TAKE A HIKE! Starting April 18, join SVFSA volunteers on the third Saturday of every month for guided forest walks! Learn about native flora and fauna, explore new trails, and hear more about what we at SVFSA are doing to protect this natural space. More details coming soon!

Save the Date for Earth Day 2020

February 24, 2020

Looking to volunteer for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Join us for a restoration work party in the Shelton View Forest! Meet your neighbors, get fresh air, and help keep this important urban forest healthy!

Activities include planting, forest tours, trail maintenance, and garbage and invasive plant removal.

Volunteers should dress to work outside and bring their own work gloves and water. SVFSA will provide tools, snacks, and waiver forms. All ages welcome. RSVP appreciated. Questions? Email us at

Shelton View Forest Included in Bothell PROS Plan

February 13, 2020

Your input made a difference! Shelton View Forest has been included as a priority in the 2020 Bothell Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan. The PROS Plan is a 6-year strategic plan for the City of Bothell focusing on parks, open space, trails and recreation management and enhancement.

Shelton View Forest Gets a Little Free Library!

December 30, 2019

The Shelton View Forest now has its own Little Free Library! Find it on the east trail, conveniently located next to our story circle! Come peruse the selection and read for a bit in the Forest or take some reading home with you. If you have books to donate, you are welcome to add to the collection. Thank you Dennis Hill and family for this generous contribution! 

Look us up on the map! Our official charter number is 96779.

New Trail Access to Shelton View Forest

December 27, 2019

Have you seen some activity at the corner of 228th and Meridan Ave S recently? Our trail team has been hard at work finalizing the new North trail connection through this forested DNR strip. Parallel parking is available along Meridian Ave S.  Follow the fresh bark and FEMA fence-line for about 1/4 mile to Shelton View Forest! Kiosk and map coming soon!

SVFSA is Recruiting Board Members for 2020!

November 24, 2019

We are recruiting Board Members for 2020! If you are passionate about our cause and would like to be more involved in preserving Shelton View Forest for current and future generations, contact us at Help our organization plan events, fundraise, apply for grants, educate and mobilize the community, and more!

Carols and Cocoa Coming Up!

November 11, 2019

Save the date for the return of Carols & Cocoa on Saturday, December 7th at 10am! Fill up on hot cocoa, cider, and snacks. We will provide lyric books for those that want them. We will walk through the Forest at a leisurely pace, pausing occasionally to sing together! Please join us for this family-friendly holiday event!

Please Pick Up After Your Canine Friends!

September 16, 2019

Thank you to Bothell Parks and Recreation for donating these bag dispensers! They are currently located at the east and south trailheads. We hope to add more soon! A friendly reminder to Forest users -- be sure to leave no trace of your visit! That includes used doggy bags! We at SVFSA are doing all we can to preserve this space for current and future generations, but we do not provide garbage service! Please take your trash home to dispose of it. Together we can keep this beautiful gem of a forest clean and healthy for all! 

Get from Shelton View Forest to Forsgren Park and Back!

September 09, 2019

Our trail team has been hard at work over the summer establishing trail access from the west -- complete with raised walkways over the wet areas! To access from the south (7th Ave W) trailhead, follow the signs to a gradually sloping trail to the right. Go over the raised bridge and follow the fence for about 1/2 of a mile to arrive at Forsgren Park, where you can access a playground, sports fields, portable toilets, and even Swamp Creek!

4th Annual Forest Friendraiser coming September 21

September 01, 2019

Mark your calendars for our 4th annual Forest Friendraiser!

Meet at the South (7th Ave W) Trailhead for a family-friendly community gathering on Saturday, September 21, from 2pm - 4pm.

Join us for forest tours and other activities. FREE! All are welcome! Refreshments provided.

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to "Take A Hike!" -- especially those who haven't yet discovered Shelton View Forest but have been curious. This is meant to be an event where we build community and have fun together in the Forest. Come meet your neighbors and get involved!

Public comment needed on Bothell PROS Plan

June 13, 2019

Every six years, the Bothell Parks and Recreation Department updates the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan. This is a guiding document for the City to use in parks planning. Shelton View Forest was included as a priority in the 2014 plan - will you help us make sure the forest you love is included in the 2020 version? Make your voice heard!

Comment deadline is August 31st. 

Story Circle added along Eastside trail

May 20, 2019

Have you seen the story circle? Just up from the east trailhead on the left is a new array of seating ready to host groups of forest visitors! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out and to those who donated the supplies! 

Fires prohibited in Shelton View Forest

May 10, 2019

Thank you to the team at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for coming out to address recent fire activity in the Forest!

An important reminder to all of us to be mindful of our impacts on precious natural habitats like this. Fires are prohibited on DNR land. We will be monitoring the area and relying on the community of forest users to report any continued fire activity.

SVF Community turns out for Friends & Family Night

April 17, 2019

We raised $3,300 at the McMenamins Friends and Family Night on April 10! PLUS - an additional $800 from the silent auction and general donations. Thank you to everyone who turned out!

Special thanks to Abracadabra Port Townsend, The Recology Stores, and Third Place Books Lake Forest Park for donating items to our silent auction! And of course, thank you to McMenamins Anderson School for hosting us!

Bobcat Spotted Near Shelton View Forest

April 08, 2019

The Shelton View Forest has an abundance of wildlife - birds, coyote, deer, and recently a bobcat! Our SVFSA Board Secretary snapped this pic in her yard - that's the Forest in the background! As our area experiences increased development, it is especially important that we preserve our urban forests - for future generations of people and the animals who were here long before us. 

Protect small pets and leave the wildlife be!

McMenamins Friends & Family Night coming up in April!

February 16, 2019

Mark your calendars! Join us on Wednesday, April 10 from 5pm to 11pm at the Tavern on the Square at McMenamins Anderson School for a night of food, drinks, and fun! Half of your bill for the night will go to supporting the Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association!

SVFSA Recruiting for Board of Directors

December 20, 2018

Interested in getting involved with the Shelton View Forest? We are looking for people to join the SVFSA board of directors! Help us plan events, fundraise, mobilize the community and more! We need dedicated, passionate community members to help us reach our goals. All are welcome.

Email us at for more details.

Fight for Shelton View Forest Continues

December 17, 2018

Thanks to Katie Metzger at the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter for covering the recent updates on the Forest! As described in the article, the Council approved on December 4 a follow-up letter to be sent to DNR requesting an extension of the letter of interest - a critical step that will provide us with more time to obtain funding to complete acquisition.

Carols and Cocoa Returning December 8

November 25, 2018

It's that time of year again! Time to come together and celebrate the season in the Forest we all love. Now more than ever, we need you to show your support for preserving this space for future generations. Come sing with us and learn how you can get involved!

Meet at the South trailhead (7th Ave W) at 10am. Fill up on hot cocoa, cider, and snacks. We will provide lyric books for those that want them. 

We will walk through the Forest at a leisurely pace, pausing occasionally to sing together!

A Forest in Danger

November 22, 2018

Over the last few years, our organization, Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association has worked to preserve Shelton View Forest in Bothell for current and future generations. We have hosted monthly restoration work parties, annual Friendraisers, tours and holiday celebrations. We have engaged thousands of volunteers, including scouts, students, and educators. We have applied for grants, traveled to Olympia, and presented to City and County Councils. We have garnered support from local non-profits, businesses, educational institutions, our county and state representatives, and neighbors and friends like you.

Now, it's all at risk.

Please join us at 6pm on November 27 and December 4 in the Bothell City Council Chambers to show City Council and Staff how much we care about preserving our forested spaces. Bring your kids, friends, family and neighbors. Let's pack the chambers!

Will You Host a "Save Shelton View Forest" Yard Sign?

November 14, 2018

Now that elections are over and signs are coming down, ours are going up! We need community members to display our "Save Shelton View Forest" yard signs in their yards and on fences. Especially if you are positioned on a busy street, we need your to help us spread the word! Email your address to and we will get a sign to you once they arrive!

New Places to Pause

November 07, 2018

Have you noticed the new benches? Special thanks to Cornerstone General Contractors who donated cedar logs for the five benches now installed in the Forest. More coming soon! Pause and rest for a bit the next time you visit! Thank you to our trail crew for taking on this great project! Photo by Kate Hallman Walter.

Bothell a Finalist for Reader's Digest "Nicest Places"

October 17, 2018

Bothell is a finalist for the title of nicest place in America and Shelton View Forest got a shout out! Thanks to Mary-Leah Moore, Joanna Elder, and Susie and Larry Ormbrek for nominating! We truly do live in a unique corner of the world.

Finding your way through the Forest

October 07, 2018

We have heard from the community that it can be difficult to navigate the nearly 4 miles of trails in the Forest, especially for first time users. Thanks to the efforts of Cameron Suraci and others from local Scout Troop 420, we now have 10 way-finding signs and reference maps positioned throughout the DNR section of the Forest. Congrats on a job well done!

Third Annual Friendraiser - Mark your calendars!

August 01, 2018

Our third annual Forest FriendRaiser is coming up on Saturday, September 22nd from 2 to 4pm. Join us at the Eastside trailhead (300 block of 234th Pl SW next to the Elementary) for food, a kids' craft station, prize drawings, forest tour, and more! All are welcome.

RSVP appreciated but not required. You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking the link below.


Hope to see you there!

Shelton View Forest T-shirts Available Now!

July 29, 2018

Our new T-shirts are in! Want to get your hands on one to show your support for the Forest? Donate $25 or more via our "Donate" page and we will contact you to get your size information. Supplies are limited, so act fast!

Fire Activity in the Forest

June 01, 2018

Reminder: Fires are prohibited on Department of Natural Resources land! As conditions become dry over the summer months, lighting fires in or near the Forest becomes increasingly dangerous. If you see continued fire activity, please report it as soon as possible!

Community Pint Night at Cairn Brewery

April 02, 2018

Join us for a Community Pint Night at Cairn Brewery on Wednesday, April 25! Cairn will donate $1 for every pint sold all day to the Shelton View Forest Stewardship Association. Come out and show your support!

Earth Day 2018 at Shelton View Forest

March 10, 2018

Looking to volunteer on Earth Day weekend? 

Join us on Saturday, April 21, 10am to 1pm for rock painting, trash and invasives removal, and a forest tour! 

Snacks, refreshments, and tools are provided. All ages welcome. Volunteers should bring their own gloves if they have them.

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 01, 2018

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an international event started by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. Join us in the Shelton View Forest to collect data on wild birds! 

Saturday, February 17th
Meet at the 234th PL SW Trailhead


You can RSVP on our Facebook page or just show up! 
All ages welcome. Snacks and drinks provided.

A Year in Review

December 27, 2017

In 2017, we hosted 24 work parties in the Forest. We logged over 850 total volunteer hours. We received a $1 million grant from Snohomish County Conservation Futures and raised $1,000 at our first ever Garage Sale. We hosted owl tours and caroling and our second annual Friendraiser. Thank you to all our volunteers for helping make this year a success!

Carols and Cocoa is back!

November 22, 2017

Join us on December 9th to celebrate the holiday season in the Shelton View Forest! Cocoa and cider will be served 10-10:30am. Bring your drink along as we trek and sing our way through the forest. All ages are welcome, but come prepared for some steep trails. 

Lyric sheets will be provided.

Parking is limited at the trail head. Carpooling is encouraged.

Ecotober 2017

October 02, 2017

We will be at Ecotober again this year on October 7th from 10am - 2pm! Bring the family out for a fun day of learning eco-friendly habits for healthier families and community. We will have handmade owl ornaments and other free goodies to pass out to visitors. Also, if you are interested in volunteering, this is a great place to learn how!


Hope to see you there!

Mark your calendars for a Forest FriendRaiser

August 07, 2017

Save the date! Our second annual Forest FriendRaiser (previously "Community Gathering") is coming up on Saturday, September 23rd. Join us in celebrating our progress over the last year, and of course, recognizing all of our amazing volunteers! We will have a taco bar, kids' craft station, prize drawings, forest tour, and more! All are welcome.

RSVP appreciated but not required. You can RSVP on Facebook by clicking the link below. Hope to see you there!

SVFSA is mobilizing for Community Serve Day 2017

August 06, 2017

We are teaming up with the Northshore School District and local churches, businesses, and nonprofits for Community Serve Day 2017. This is a family-friendly district-wide event focused on caring for our public schools and prepping them for the new year. While volunteers work at Shelton View Elementary to pick up trash and clean classrooms, we will be removing ivy and other invasives from the school grounds. To participate, email us at and we will send you detailed instructions on how to sign up online. Hope to see you out there on August 20th! 

$1 Million from Conservation Futures Marks Big Step for Shelton View Forest

July 18, 2017

On Tuesday, July 18, Snohomish County Council member Terry Ryan presented $1 million from the Conservation Futures Program to the City of Bothell. Giant check in hand, Ryan spoke of the importance of preserving natural spaces, especially in Bothell where development is on the rise. According to Ryan, the City has three years to allocate the funds for the purchase of the MC Coast parcel. An appraisal of the 16 acre portion of the Shelton View Forest will likely be completed in September.

July is Parks and Recreation Month in Bothell

July 01, 2017

It's official! July is Parks and Recreation Month in Bothell. Celebrate the City's newest proclamation by volunteering time, donating funds, or visiting the parks in Bothell that are special to you!

Garage Sale Raises Hundreds for SVFSA

June 11, 2017

We had a wildly successful garage sale day on June 10. At the end of the day we had raised $997.38 for the Forest! Thank you to everyone who donated their time, energy, and awesome stuff to the sale. Your efforts will help us plant trees in the fall, invest in our own tools for work parties, and much more!

Owl tours in the Shelton View Forest

June 02, 2017

Our mysterious feathered friends are out and about in the Forest! Every Sunday evening through June (the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th), join us on a hike to search for our resident Great Horned Owls! Meet at the 234th Pl SW trail head at 8pm. While it's not guaranteed we will see owls, our guides know the best places to spot them. All ages welcome! (Photo by Kevin Nelson)

Join us for a Forest Fundraiser!

June 01, 2017

Who says you can't shop for a cause? Come saleing with us on Saturday, June 10 and the proceeds from everything you buy will go to the Shelton View Forest! If you have items you wish to donate to the sale, email us at and we can arrange a day for drop off.

Shelton View Forest Receives $1 million Grant

April 28, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26th, the Snohomish County Council approved a $1 million grant to help acquire the private parcel of the Shelton View Forest! This is a BIG deal! We will continue to work with the City of Bothell, MC Coast LLC, and other entities to move acquisition forward. 

Earth Day in the Shelton View Forest

April 01, 2017

Earth Day is coming up Saturday, April 22! Join us in the Shelton View Forest for a variety of activities suitable for the whole family! We will be working at the 234th Pl SW trail head. Welcoming comments and orientation at 10:00AM.
Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Please bring your own gloves, yard tools, and a water bottle if possible. RSVP appreciated but not required. Late arrivals welcome. Questions? Email us at

SVFSA registered on AmazonSmile

March 15, 2017

We are now registered on AmazonSmile! Help support the work we do for the Forest by selecting us as your preferred charity when you shop online at AmazonSmile. A percentage (0.5%) of everything you purchase will be donated to our organization. Every little bit helps!

Shelton View Forest featured in local news

February 15, 2017

We are getting more attention these days as we work toward acquisition of the Forest. Catherine Krummey from the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter wrote this story after a tour through the Forest with some of our board members.

East side trail head improvements underway

February 08, 2017

We are continuing to make improvements to the 234th Pl SW trail head (a.k.a. "Education Trail"). Recently we have been working on laying new bark, identifying and removing invasive plants, planting native ones, and installing a brand-new info kiosk. Check out our progress the next time you visit the Forest and consider joining us for our next work party - Saturday, February 25th, 10 am - noon. Click the link below for more details.

Girl Scouts find long-lost Geocache

January 28, 2017

Cadette Troop #43807 made a cool discovery while helping remove trash from the Forest near 7th Ave W: a long-lost Geocache! Congrats to our volunteers and thank you for helping keep the Forest clean! To learn more about Geocaching, click the link below.

Shelton View Forest included in 2017-2023 Capital Facilities Plan

December 05, 2016

We got a mention by Mayor Andy Rheaume at the November 15 City Council meeting (toward the end 2:31:50). The Shelton View Forest is included in the 2017-2023 Capital Facilities Plan "Future Projects" list. This will help us in funding efforts for land acquisition, master planning, etc. down the road. There is a second meeting December 6th at 7pm to discuss the Capital Facilities Plan. Anyone is welcome to attend and make public comments.

Carols and Cocoa in the Forest

November 18, 2016

Join us on December 10th to celebrate the holiday season in the Shelton View Forest! Cocoa and cider will be served 10-10:30am. Bring your drink along as we trek and sing our way through the forest. All ages are welcome, but come prepared for some steep trails. Donations of any amount will be welcome to help us continue our work to preserve this unique and beautiful forest.

Parking is limited at the trail head. Carpooling is encouraged.

Take a hike, and maybe a break

November 01, 2016

We had a large maple fall across one of the trails during the last big wind event. Our volunteers went out on a rainy weekday evening, cleared the trail, and made a natural wood bench from some of the timber. We hope to construct more benches like this over the next few months to give visitors a place to rest and take in the beauty of the Forest. Happy trails!

Get your Fall on at Ecotober!

October 04, 2016

We will be at Ecotober on October 8th from 10am to 1pm! Drop by for this free, family-friendly event and learn how you can get involved with us. We need people who care about the Forest to help us grow our organization!