Situated close to the shores of Lake Washington, ease of access to the lakefront and its nearby forest make them both a frequent place of exploration. Children dig in sand, search the water and sky for bird and animal life, forage for mushrooms, sticks and chestnuts. They pick up beach glass and rocks and use water as a natural medium for play. In returning to the same shore and hillside week after week, month after month, season after season, and year after year, children experience a familiar setting in a variety of conditions. It is in this way that they establish a sense of their place within the natural world.
The Lake and Park School is housed in the historic Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church, which is listed on the Seattle Historic Register. Designed by architects A.H. Albertson, Wilson & Richardson. the church was built in 1924.