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Kittitas Environmental Education Network 

The Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) was established as a 501(c)3 in 2002. Our mission is to cultivate an active awareness and understanding of the endangered shrub-steppe, provide nature-based education for all ages, and strengthen commitment to environmental stewardship.

KEEN Projects

  • Since 2004, KEEN has worked to
    re-establish native plant communities, build trails, teach outdoor classes, and expand the use and stewardship of Helen McCabe Park. Our goal is to share and build the strong sense of place that KEEN recognizes in Kittitas County, particularly the endangered shrub-steppe habitat.

  • This project represents an unparalleled opportunity to engage visitors and community members of all ages in outdoor education, draw tourists to Central Washington, undertake environmental stewardship and habitat restoration, and accomplish protection of the endangered shrub-steppe biome.

  • KEEN’s Nature School and direct environmental education programming has been growing over the last 6 years. Last year, KEEN connects with about 720 K-8 children in our programming. We have tuition-based programs, Pond to Pines Summer Camp and Earth Explorers, and free community programs including Science in the Parks4th Grade Camp, and Brown Bag Science.

  • KEEN believes in lifelong-learning and provides informal environmental educational opportunities for kids, adults and seniors. KEEN hosts annual events including Winter Fair, Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe, the Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest, Urban Stream Walk, and the WindFall Cider Fest & Roots Music. We collaborate with subject-area experts for field trip leaders, speakers, and provide learning opportunities and connections to affinity groups at all our events.

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How to Support KEEN

KEEN is a non-profit all volunteer organization. Our success relies upon the generous support of our community members. There are a lot of ways to support KEEN. You can donate your time by volunteering, give regular monthly support, or provide in-kind services. Find out more here. 

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Environmental Education

Our nation’s future relies on a well-educated public to be wise stewards of the very environment that sustains us, our families and communities, and future generations. It is environmental education which can best help us as individuals make the complex, conceptual connections between economic prosperity, benefits to society, environmental health, and our own well-being. Ultimately, the collective wisdom of our citizens, gained through education, will be the most compelling and most successful strategy for environmental management.

Mailing Address

414 South Willow Street

Ellensburg, WA 98926

kittitasee@ycic.org 

509-551-8807

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Our mission is to cultivate an active awareness and understanding of the endangered shrub-steppe, provide

nature-based education for all ages, and strengthen commitment to environmental stewardship.

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