December 13, 2019

Sustainability. It means different things to different people. A simple definition might be “something that can be maintained at a certain level for as long as necessary.” When applied to the environment it can mean that resources are not depleted… they can be sustaine...

November 20, 2019

Autumn — it’s my favorite time of year. Summer always seems so frantic, but now the garden beds are put to rest and I can enjoy all that fall has to offer. The first week of November I went to one of my favorite local spots to watch birds — Helen McCabe State Park. Alt...

September 25, 2019

So what is this thing, WindFall Cider Fest and Roots Music? And why is it a KEEN thing?

It’s like a brewfest, but for hard cider.

In its third year, WindFall is a craft beverage tasting and live music festival to celebrate the tastes and tunes of the season. It’s a benef...

July 31, 2019

The Kittitas Environmental Education Network’s partnership with Helen McCabe Memorial State Park might be extending far into the future, after KEEN organizers met with state officials last week.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission owns Helen McCabe Memo...

June 12, 2019

School’s out for summer, and if you are looking for something for your children to do, Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) just might have the answer. This year KEEN has three programs aimed toward Kittitas County youth; two programs for Summer Science in t...

April 3, 2019

Six years ago, I found my calling. After muddling through my final year of college and avoiding judgement of my family that went along with it, I was able to graduate with a degree in biology, and not a clue of how to use it. Having been on a pre-med trajectory for the...

February 26, 2019

What bird is emblematic of the arid intermountain western United States? There are charismatic birds found in the western United States that are iconic: Merlin and Peregrine Falcons, for example, but they are also found in the Midwest and eastern sectors of North Ameri...

December 20, 2018

Looking behind

What is a year? A measure of time, counted out second by second? A measure of distance, a complete journey around the sun? A changing of the seasons, from Winter to Spring to Summer to Autumn and back to Winter? A new page number in the history books, fro...

November 7, 2018

About 15 volunteers met on Oct. 27 at Helen McCabe State Park South of Ellensburg to participate in the Kittitas Environmental Education Network’s Fall Planting Party.

The event, co-sponsored by Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, is part of restoration work going...

August 31, 2018

An adult Southern Resident Orca eats nearly 400 pounds of fish, mostly chinook salmon, every day. Tahlequah carried her dead calf for 17 days, traveling over 1,000 miles. Without eating.

We can easily identify with the plight of Tahlequah and her Orca family. The popula...

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