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Docent Tours Resume April 20

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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 7:38 pm

The arrival of spring brings buds, blooms and increased activity to the Lake Wilderness Arboretum.

Beginning April 20, the Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation offers free, guided walks through more than a dozen acres of the Arboretum's display gardens and collections, led by trained volunteers called docents. "On the third Saturday of each month, docent tours start at the gazebo on the grounds at 10 a.m.," says docent co-chairman Cindy Ostermann. "Signs will be posted to direct visitors to parking and to the gazebo prior to each tour."

The monthly tours are offered through October 19. Group tours can be arranged for other days and times by emailing the Arboretum at

Docents are knowledgeable in the history and details of each garden, and for those interested in volunteering, the time commitment is about four to eight hours a month from January to October.

The Arboretum also features a 26-acre second growth forest with almost a mile and a half of marked trails that provide easy walking for people and pets.

Our next event is the 42nd Annual Spring Plant Sale May 10-11.

Lake Wilderness Arboretum is located at 22520 S.E. 248th in Maple Valley. Visit for more information. Reach Arboretum staff at or 253-293-5103 to volunteer or donate.

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