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. Stay tuned here for updates about future events.


What: Nature’s Storytellers Live Reading

When: Thursday, December 7, 5:30p to 7:30p

Where: Wesley United Methodist Church – The Sanctuary Room (14 N 48th Ave, Yakima, WA 98908)


Humans are storytelling animals. Come celebrate our nature! We’re holding space for local myths, legends, fibs, rhymes, and truths. This event will feature award-winning stories from our 2023 Nature’s Storytellers Writing Contest. There will be stories from kids and adults about wind, mountains, fires, fish, and much more. There will also be live music, thanks to a yet-to-be-named band.


Thank you to the following local businesses for sponsoring prizes for award-winning writers!:


*Award winners will also have their work published on our blog by the end of 2023! 


Our guided Community Walks, on a variety of natural themes, 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. 


What: Intro to Geology Walk in Cowiche Canyon

When: Saturday, December 2, 10am to 12pm

Where: Cowiche Canyon West/Weikel Trailhead


THIS WALK is SOLD OUT (Please only show up if you have pre-registered)


We’re honored to be joined by Yakima Valley College’s Suki Smaglik and Katharine Solada for an intro to the remarkable geology that shaped and surrounds Cowiche Canyon. This family-friendly walk will travel through the deep time of different kinds of volcanoes, faults and folds, and more.

Distance: ~2.5 miles

Grade: flat


SOLD OUT. Spaces (70) limited to ensure a quality experience.



What: Riparian Loop and Overlook

When: Saturday, December 9, 10am to 12pm

Where: Snow Mountain Ranch (2648 Cowiche Mill Rd #2262, Cowiche, WA 98923)


Register here (we’re trying a new registration process. Please let us know if you have problems).


A family-friendly walk, in English and Spanish. We’ll go from low to high, through the riparian area and then a short, sweet climb up the Riparian Overlook trail.

Distance: ~ 2 miles

Grade: moderate


*Please bring water, sturdy shoes, and dress in layers for different weather. Pets are welcome IF owners and pets model CCC trail rules.


*Drop-ins are welcome! Preference will be given to folks who have pre-registered.


Que: Vuelta y Mirador Ribereños 

Cuándo: Sábado, 9 de Diciembre, 10 am a 12 pm

Donde: Snow Mountain Ranch (2648 Cowiche Mill Rd #2262, Cowiche, WA 98923)


Registrarse aqui


Un paseo desde bajo hasta alto para familias, en Ingles y Español. Nosotros caminaremos por la zona ribereña y entonces, una subida corta y linda hasta el sendero del mirador ribereño.


Distancia: ~2 mi

Cuesta: Moderada


*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 de CCC.

*Se puede venir sin registrarse antes pero la preferencia es para los que se registran.


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.