Give me shelter


  Island Center Forest’s new “forest cathedral” shelter was designed and built by Nathan Enzian of Fifth Bench Design and Build, on Vashon Island.  The shelter is a timber-frame design that uses old school joinery methods. All of the Douglas-fir posts and beams come from local Vashon forests and were milled at the Vashon Forest…

Dog walking at Island Center Forest and Taylor Mountain


If you have a dog, you’ve probably realized by now that King County is full of fun places where dogs and their human companions can go and romp around in the outdoors.  Here at King County Parks, we love dogs (and their people).  In fact, our very own Marymoor Park, which features a 40-acre off-leash…

Add some learnin’ to your next Island Center Forest visit.


King County Parks in partnership with the Friends of Island Center Forest, which =’s the Vashon Forest Stewards, Vashon Island Horse Assoc, Vashon Audubon, and the Vashon Land Trust commissioned Vashon resident Sandra Noel to create 6 new interpretive signs along the trails at ICF.  They were created to help educate visitors about the site’s…

You’re either Vash-on or Vash-off…


…as the locals are fond of saying. To understand it, you need to spend some time on the island, and while you are there, swing by Island Center Forest and observe all that is the new ICF interpretive signs. Glorious! The kiosks were constructed by our partner Vashon Forest Stewards, and the art courtesy Sandra…