Education & Community Outreach

Photo: David Hagen

WALKS, TALKS,

& EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

We offer a variety of opportunities for kids and adults to deepen connections

to our shrub-steppe and the natural phenomena found here. 

CCC encourages the use of Conservancy property for educational field trips, science projects, community service projects, and other customized curriculum. Please let us know if you are interested in using CCC lands for educational purposes.

COMMUNITY WALKS

MONTHLY COMMUNITY WALKS

CCC Trail Guides host monthly Community Walks on a variety of seasonal topics — from wildflowers to birds to geology. Walks are family friendly, free, and open to everyone.

EARTH DAY IN COWICHE CANYON

Earth Day in Cowiche Canyon has become a local tradition. Stroll through a blooming Cowiche Canyon and learn from an amazing team of educators about local and earthly phenomena. In the past few years, learning stations have included interactive and family-friendly activities on geology, birds, butterflies, native plants, bugs, and more. Whatever your age or interest, you’re sure to learn something about our place on earth.

FALL COLORS WALKS

Experience the gorgeous colors of fall in the Yakima Valley with Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s annual Fall Colors Walks. Fall Colors Walks take place the 3rd Saturday in October starting at 10 am at Snow Mountain Ranch. CCC’s volunteer Trail Guides offer family friendly walks of varying difficulties, distances, and themes.

“TRAIL TALKS” FIELD TRIPS FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

Trail Talks is Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s outdoor field trip program for school-age children. This program combines nature walks with interactive learning stations. Focused on the interconnectivity of life in the shrub-steppe, our field trips are designed to nurture an appreciation for the natural world while using outdoor lessons about natural phenomena to support core ideas and concepts of national science standards. 

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy Trail Talks Learning Interactive Hands on Program for Kids Snow Mountain Ranch Nature Walks Yakima, WA

WINTER TALK SERIES

Each winter, CCC partners with Yakima Valley College to offer a Winter Talk Series which includes monthly talks on a variety of topics related to life in the shrub-steppe.

Photo: David Hagen

RECORDED TALKS

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – “In Search of Meadowlarks: How Farming Practices Can Support Birdlife”  with John Marzluff, University of Washington Professor of Wildlife Science.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 – “The River’s Liver: Exploring the Hidden World of the Hyporheic Zone”  with Vanessa Garayburu-Caruso, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Earth Scientist

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – “Better Living with Fire: Building Community and Landscape Resilience to Wildfire”  with Ryan Anderson, Kara Karboski, and Reese Lolley

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 – “Who’s Afraid of the … Light: A Natural History of Darkness”  by Zachary Schierl

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – “The Odd Life of an Underground Owl”  by Courtney Conway

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – “Lichens: Hubs of Life and Creators of Worlds”  by Jessica Allen

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – “Mountain Lions: Physiology, Ecology, and Safety”  by Michelle Blake

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – “A Natural History of Mount Tahoma”  by Jeff Antonelis-Lapp, Evergreen College

TRAIL CLOSURES (2/26/24):