Cowiche Canyon Conservancy holds a variety of events and activities to increase opportunities for kids and adults to learn about the unique natural environment of the shrub-steppe and connect people to these lands. We work with a variety of partners including other non-profit organizations, schools, and local, state, and federal agencies to engage the community with our work and build support for our conservation work.
Each summer, CCC hosts an art exhibit with Boxx Gallery to celebrate our local ecosystem, the shrub-steppe. The exhibit is currently open for submissions until July 9.
Submissions are accepted in all kinds of mediums. Painting, photography, sculpture, and jewelry are all encouraged. The works must be originals, and they must be inspired in some way by the shrub-steppe. The exhibit will be juried by local artist Carolyn Nelson.
For more submission details, you can find the exhibit Prospectus here.
Enjoy a guided wildflower tour of the 250 acres that Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and our community recently added to the Cowiche Canyon Uplands. Explore trails that wind through a variety of shrub-steppe habitat, from mima mounds to lithosol, and learn about some of the colorful plant and animal life along the way!
*PLEASE NOTE: You need to pre-register for these walks. Spaces will be to 20 pre-registered participants. We are asking that ALL participants wear masks, even if you are vaccinated, to minimize all risk of Covid-19 exposure and to help everyone feel safe and comfortable.
Recorded talk on Tuesday, April 13 (video coming soon…)
Recorded talk on Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Join Eastern Washington University’s Dr. Jessica Allen for a tour through the many hidden worlds of lichens. Learn about the roles lichens play in creating and sustaining biodiversity, with a special focus on local lichens here in the shrub-steppe and The Palouse. Jessica will also describe some of her recent genetics research into beautiful and mysterious wolf lichens. How is lichen genomics changing our understanding of the history and future of lichens?
Recorded talk on February 9, 2021
Michelle Blake, with the Mountain Lion Foundation, dispels some of the many myths surrounding mountain lions (aka pumas or cougars) in the Northwest. How many are there in the Northwest? What should we do if we encounter one?
Recorded talk on January 12, 2021
Jeff Antonelis-Lapp presents an image-rich talk that draws from the book Tahoma and Its People, a natural history of Mount Rainier National Park. The book was recently selected as a finalist in the Banff Mountain Book Competition.
Cowiche Canyon and Snow Mountain Ranch trails are OPEN. Please note: Most Rocky Top trails are currently open. However, Single track trails within the William O. Douglas Natural Resource Conservation Area remain CLOSED due to erosion damage — EXCEPT for the William O. Douglas ridge top trail connecting Rock Top and Snow Mountain Ranch, which remains OPEN. Please respect trail closures. Closures are for the long-term health of the trails. Closed trails can reopen once the erosion is able to be fixed or addressed within the WOD Conservation Area