Where can you find turtles, blue herons, crows, and native wetland in Mill Creek? Tucked in off of 35th Ave SE, in-between Seattle Hill Road and 132nd St SE, is the under development, but open to the public, Penny Creek Natural Area. We visited Penny Creek with our Broker Erin Price to learn more about this exciting development right in the heart of Mill Creek.

Boardwalk bridge crossing at Penny Creek Natural Area, Mill Creek, WA

The Penny Creek Natural Area is a part of a riparian corridor, which feeds into the Lake Washington Watershed. Being a part of the Lake Washington Watershed means this natural area directly affects our everyday household water needs such as cooking, cleaning, and showering. The area is being built as a part of a residential development called The Farm.

During our walk, we watched a large blue heron swoop in and land in the pond. Ducks were abundant all over the water. While we didn't see any beavers, an information sign on the trail explained the connections of beavers to the habitat. Wildlife helps to maintain their natural ecosystem functions, directly assisting with land and water resources.
Wild life infographic sign describing how beavers interact with wetlands.
Within the 58 acres of natural habitat, it's clear that work is being done to restore the natural habitat. Native vegetation help to purify their environments; they are especially good at cleaning dirty water and eroded land. We know that Washingtonians love enjoying the outdoors and creating this area in the heart of Mill Creek brings the best of a Western Watershed into the backyards of the communities surrounding it. 

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