Outings & Events

What’s going on!

There are many ways to experience Shrub-Steppe.

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy creates a variety of opportunities for all ages to connect with the shrub-steppe. We work with  partners including other non-profit organizations, schools, and local, state, and federal agencies to engage the community with our work and build support for local conservation. 


Community events – live and virtual – aim to help our community engage

with our shrub-steppe in educational and inspiring ways. 


Hey Artists,


The Images of the Shrub-Steppe 2024 exhibit, showing at the Boxx Gallery from September 6 thru October 5, is now open for submissions. Images of the Shrub-Steppe is an annual juried art exhibit featuring work inspired by the shrub-steppe lands of the Yakima Valley. Artists in all media are encouraged to submit artwork completed within the last five years.


To submit or learn more about the contest, visit the artist call for entry page here.


The entry deadline is August 1, 11pm PT.



The juror for this year’s exhibit is Bob Fisher. Bob is best known for his paintings of Central Washington and the Yakima River Canyon, both of which have had a lasting effect on his understanding of the landscape as a powerful and emotional subject. Bob holds Bachelor’s degrees in painting and art history from the University of Washington, and a Master’s in painting from Central Washington University. He taught studio art and allied courses for 30 years at Yakima Valley College and served as a Board Member for the Larson Gallery Guild, has given numerous workshops, juried various exhibits, and served on several art selection committees.

‘The Waning of the Pygmy Rabbit,’ by Ana Li Gresham and Doug Lewis, from 2023’s Images of the Shrub-Steppe


What: Owl Walk & Talk at Dineen Vineyards

When: Saturday, June 1, 10am to 12pm

Where: Dineen Vineyards (2980 Gilbert Rd, Zillah, WA 98953)

Buy tickets here. Tickets for this event are $35. Proceeds will benefit Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.


Step into the enchanting world of owls at Dineen Vineyards!


Led by Megan Whiteside, the Conservation Projects Manager with Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, this immersive experience will delve into the mysteries of these majestic creatures and discover their vital role in maintaining the balance of our vineyard ecosystem. Gain fascinating insights into owl behavior, their hunting techniques, and their significance in pest control.


Whether you’re an avid bird watcher or simply curious about the natural wonders around us, this walk promises to be an eye-opening adventure!


Our guided Community Walks are a great way for families to engage with the shrub-steppe, learn about plants and other wildlife, and become more comfortable with CCC trails. 


Get to Know a Trail: South Rim Trail Loop 

What: South Rim Trail Loop

When: Thursday, May 23, 5pm to 7pm

Where: Cowiche Canyon Uplands/Scenic Trailhead (8905 Scenic Dr., Yakima, Wa, 98908)


Register here


Join us for a guided community walk exploring the eastern half of the Uplands. We will walk a mile along the South Rim Loop trail and take Tieton Andesite back to the Jeep Trail


Distance: ~3 mi

Grade: rocoso


*Please bring water, sturdy shoes, and clothes for variable weather. Pets are welcome if both pets and owners follow trail rules.


Conocer un Sendero: Vuelta de South Rim Trail

Que: Vuelta de South Rim Trail

Cuándo: Jueves, 23 de mayo, 5pm a 7pm

Dónde: Cowiche Canyon Uplands/Scenic Trailhead (8905 Scenic Dr., Yakima, Wa, 98908)


Registrese Aqui


Acompáñanos por un paseo guiado para explorar la parte este de los Uplands. Caminaremos una milla en un sendero sinuoso (South Rim Trail) a Tieton Andesite a Jeep Road.


Distancia: ~3.1 mi

Cuesta: arriba suave, rocoso


*Por favor llevar aqua, zapatos fuertes, y ropa para variabilidad en el clima. Mascotas son bienvenidas SI dueños y mascotas siguen las reglas de senderos.


Winter Talks are hosted in collaboration with Yakima Valley College. Talks explore biology relevant to protecting, restoring, and living in our shrub-steppe ecosystem.  Watch for announcements about 2024 talks.  Recordings of past talks can be found here.