Black Diamond and Issaquah Highlands Wetlands Tour

A Unique Nature Event!

Please join us for a Wetlands Tour
A don’t-miss opportunity to learn from an expert – Saturday, Sept 17, 10 AM

Join us on an educational and fun tour where we’ll visit damaged wetlands in Issaquah with expert guidance, healthy wetlands in Black Diamond, and end with a picnic at Lake Sawyer where we’ll view the health of creeks that feed that lake. Participants will develop an understanding of the effects of development on our wetlands and watershed. Bring a sack lunch or snack and beverage to enjoy at Lake Sawyer Park. Please make sure to wear boots that can get wet or good hiking shoes.

Schedule- Saturday, Sep 17
9:15 AM: If carpooling, meet near Black Diamond Community Center
10:00 AM—11:30: Issaquah Highlands, 1200 10th Ave NE, Issaquah, WA 98029. Park near Café Ladro Coffee Shop
12:15 PM—1:15: Black Diamond Lake, end of paved road on Abrams Road, Black Diamond
1:30 PM—2:30: Lake Sawyer lunch and tour

Issaquah Highlands
Wetlands expert Dr. Sarah Cooke will be our guide for this part of the tour. Dr. Cooke has over 15 years of experience in wetland ecological research and environmental consulting along with over 20 years of experience in ecological and geological research in the Northwest. She testified in the recent Development Agreement hearings in Black Diamond. Dr. Cooke will be giving some general background on what wetlands are and how they need to be protected. She will then be able to give us a first-hand look at the negative effects of development on the wetlands in the Issaquah Highlands.

Black Diamond Lake
A long-time resident will give us a tour of Black Diamond Lake. We will enjoy the beauty and serenity of the existing area and wetlands. Black Diamond Lake is truly an amazing hidden treasure. The tour will highlight the surface and groundwaters of the area. You will also experience of a world-class peat bog.

Lake Sawyer
We’ll view two different streams entering the lake and compare the health of the two. Then, we’ll enjoy a picnic and time to talk. (If interested in having a simple lunch provided for small cost, let us know and we can arrange that.)

Wetlands Tour Registration:
Pre-registration required.

Use the form at the end of this page or send email with: Name(s), Address, Phone, and Email to You can call with questions to 425-247-9619.

Pay using the DONATE link in the top right menu, or send your check to reserve your spot.

Mailing address: Save Black Diamond, 24321 Morgan St., Black Diamond, WA 98010-9307

Indicate:  >Individual—$15  >Couple—$25  >Family—$30  >Interested in carpooling

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