July 28, 2018

KEEN has a new program called Connecting Kids to Camp this summer that came about through a grant from the No Child Left Inside program we received in June. The grant encouraged KEEN to hire a veteran, and we lucked out in finding Tom Duke USMC 65-70 to help run the pr...

June 22, 2018

Have you ever imagined yourself floating on a flat, glass-like lake, staring up at the cloudless, blue skies, watching an osprey soar off with a fish grasped in its talons? Can you picture yourself sprawled on a floating dock staring down into the water, watching pumpk...

June 16, 2018

Have you ever imagined yourself floating on a flat, glass-like lake, staring up at the cloudless, blue skies, watching an osprey soar off with a fish grasped in its talons? Can you picture yourself sprawled on a floating dock staring down into the water, watching pumpk...

June 7, 2018

A grant from the state will allow the Kittitas Environmental Education Network (KEEN) to “connect kids to camp” this summer.  KEEN has been awarded $59,505 from the No Child Left Inside Program to connect young people with nature in afterschool programs, during free su...

May 11, 2018

May is an exciting time in Ellensburg. The farmers market begins, gardeners get busy with their craft, the warmer weather gets us excited to be outside again. I couldn’t think of a better time to explore our amazing Kittitas County than in the budding season of spring.

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February 9, 2018

At the very end of April when I relocated to Ellensburg from Florida, I immediately set about exploring the surrounding area. I marveled at the rock formations along the Yakima River, at the feeling of the ever-unfolding diverse topography opening up around the bend of...

January 13, 2018

At this time of year, we may not see it as often as we’d like, but sunshine is one of the best things about life in the Kittitas Valley. For thousands of years, it’s helped make this place a good one to be. The wind, too, makes the valley what it is. The terrain and so...

December 9, 2017

Stewardship. The definition of the word is simple; the job of supervising or taking care of something. So, we all have something in common in Kittitas County, we’re stewards of our community, our natural resources, our futures. This connection extends outside of our sh...

November 18, 2017

The nights are getting colder, and starting earlier (thanks, daylight saving). Snow has already hit the ground, turned to slush and soaked my feet, and it feels impossible to leave the house without seven layers to keep warm.

Even though the natural environment is less...

October 21, 2017

There’s a lot of dissatisfaction around. Personal, professional, political, whatever. Part of it for me is that I’m not ready for the end of summer, though I love autumn. I didn’t get enough easy summer days out in the field, by the stream, with the trees and rocks, bo...

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