Outings & Events

What’s going on!

There are many ways to experience Shrub-Steppe.

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. 


A collaboration of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, and friends celebrating nature as a storyteller, through which we learn about the science and myths of the natural world and our connections within it


Call to artists!


From the rugged Garry Oak tree to the fragile threads of a spider’s web, nature is full of stories that reveal our intimate connection to the natural world.


We are seeking artwork that celebrates nature as a storyteller.  Download entry form here.


Submissions are due November 15, 2019.

The art exhibit will be on display January – March 2020 at Essencia Artisan Bakery.


Email info@cowichecanyon.org with questions.

19-20 Nature's Storytellers Poster Spider Web
19-20 Nature's Storytellers Poster Raven
19-20 Nature's Storytellers Poster Garry Oak -Photo by David Hagen- 16-Garry Oak Garry Oak Trail Snow Mtn Ranch_DH27642_edited-2


This year, more than ever, monarchs need our help. Come celebrate and support one of the phenomenon of the natural world.


Sunday, September 15, 2 – 4:00pm

@Cowiche Creek Brewing Company

The western monarch is on the brink of collapse. All the more reason to celebrate and support the ones that are still here. At this year’s Music and Monarchs, you’ll have a chance to learn about what you can do to improve monarch habitat and support species numbers. Join us at beautiful Cowiche Creek Brewing for great beer, great music, and an urgent cause.

Tickets available at the door!

Event Details

Enjoy an afternoon of live music by Blake Noble as we celebrate and release newly emerged monarch butterflies into the wild. The butterfly release will be at 3 pm.


Citizen scientists and CCC volunteers work with entomologist David G. James PhD, Associate Professor of Entomology at Washington State University, to rear and tag monarch butterflies. Dr. James studies the migration patterns of monarchs from the Pacific Northwest. This work enhances our understanding of monarchs and aids in the conservation of this urgently threatened species.


Fat Pastor and Huck & Bean Ice Cream will be on site.  All ages are welcome. Children 12 and under are free with an adult.  Picnic style seating. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.




Tickets are $10. You can purchase them at the door.  Online ticket sales have closed.

Music and Monarchs is a fun event for the whole family. 


Our Community Walks are family friendly and educational. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming walks in 2019.

Community Walks are open to all ages. Walkers should wear sturdy shoes and outdoor clothes and come prepared for any weather. Walks typically last 1.5 – 2 hours. Feel free to bring binoculars and cameras. Call (509) 248-5065 with questions or email info@cowichecanyon.org. Directions to all of our trailheads can be found on the Trails Page.


Saturday, September 28, 10am – 12:00pm

@Snow Mountain Ranch

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy is teaming up with Gina Prescott from Sagebrush Kids to help families connect with their community and enjoy the many trails of Cowiche Canyon Conservancy … at a kid-friendly pace. Come join Gina on September 28th for a family-friendly hike exploring beautiful Snow Mountain Ranch. Kids will be able to enjoy a fun nature scavenger hunt, slowing down to observe the unique wildlife and history of Snow Mountain Ranch.


Meet at the trailhead (parking lot) of Snow Mountain Ranch by 10 am. Directions can be found at https://www.cowichecanyon.org/trails.


Families should be prepared with appropriate footwear, sunscreen, water, and a snack for little ones.


Saturday, October 26, 10am – 12:30pm

Location TBD

Fall is a beautiful time to be outside! Days are crisp and clear. Aspens, oaks, and sumacs blaze before cold sets in. We’re offering a series of diverse and colorful guided walks for the whole family. Walk descriptions to come …


Our Winter Lecture Series explores scientific concepts and phenomena related to the shrub-steppe. Stay tuned for announcements about our 2020 lecture series.