Building a community of naturalists spanning generations....
Mission: To build a community of islanders and visitors who connect with local natural wonders and with each other through research, education and citizen science.
Philosophy: Vashon and Maury Islands’ rich biodiversity is nearly matched by the abundance of nature lovers who live here—from backyard naturalists and curious kids, to biologists and ecologists. By drawing on our collective talents and enthusiasm, we hope to build awareness about and appreciation for wildlife and natural places on the islands we call home. Vashon Nature Center’s goal is to create a growing legacy of information about the animals, plants and environments that surround us, and nurture a community of people who seek to know them better. By making them known and accounted for, we strengthen our connections with all living things, leading us to make discoveries about ourselves and our own place on these islands. More about us
On this website you can ask a local naturalist any type of nature question, follow the nature blog, look for opportunities to assist with data collection (families welcome), learn about the most pertinent naturalist publications that concern Vashon, browse field guides, and more.
Thanks and enjoy your visit!
photo credits left to right: VNC, Kelly Keenan, Bella Ormseth
Due to high demand our naturalist walking guide is already in its second printing!
Family Walks on Vashon Island This naturalist guidebook describes 55 nature walks around Vashon and Maury Island.
Available for purchase on-line or at Vashon Bookshop, Vashon Pharmacy, and Country Store and Gardens.