Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe

Saturday May 9, 2020

9:00am-12:15pm - Field Trips @ Umtanum
9:00am-3:00pm Educational Booths @ Helen McCabe

Helen McCabe Memorial State Park & Umtanum Creek Recreation Area

Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend and Take Your Mother for a Walk!

Download the printable schedule of field trips and activities here: 

Directions to the field trips and booths/activities here:

Parking at Umtanum requires either a $5 day pass or a federal  America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The day pass is available on site at Umtanum. The annual pass is available online. 

We also recommend a state Discover Pass - available online, at Fred Meyer, and at the Kittitas Chamber of Commerce.

This annual event is FREE and FAMILY friendly. We encourage you to take advantage of as many field trips as you can during the day - see the list of expert-led field trips below.

Be sure to thank your field trip leader - they are volunteering their time!

Educational booths with fun activities are located at Helen McCabe State Park. Expert-led Field Trips leave from the parking area at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area.

 

Please be sure to purchase a $5 day-pass to park at the Bureau of Land Management's Umtanum Recreation Area and a Discover Pass to park at Helen McCabe State Park. Passes are available onsite or for purchase ahead of time from the Chamber of Commerce in Ellensburg.

You do not need to register ahead of time, but please bring water to drink, snacks, wear layers of clothing, and sturdy shoes. The trails are easy, but can be rough in places.

Please bring your kids, but not your pets :-).

Umtanum Creek

Recreation Area

River Bugs and Fish with Dr. Paul James and the Bridge Trolls

05/09/20

9:00am-10:30am

Find the trolls under the bridge at Umtanum - they'll be hanging out all day finding critters in the river!

Beaver Tales with Dr. Lixing Sun

05/09/20

9:00am-10:30am

Learn about beavers - their habits and habitats!

Cultural Landscapes with Dr. Steve Hackenberger

05/09/20

9:00am-10:30am

Who once lived in Umtanum Canyon?

Spring Wildflowers with Ian Seiler

05/09/20

10:45am-12:15pm

May is the perfect time to see all the bursting spring wildflowers!

Snake Sneaking Dr. Dan Beck and the CWU Snake Team

Snakes are our friends - so long as we understand and respect their habits and their habitats. 

Caged snakes and reptiles all day at Helen McCabe Park -  (pre-registration required) at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area.

Please pre-register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeixJODowA8YqpctaUEYiA6Kx1LyCyOXxUUg1LsDTVJzv9yQw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Geology of the Yakima River Canyon with Nick Zentner

05/09/20

9:00am-10:30am

Fascinating geology of the Yakima River Canyon.

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Helen McCabe

State Park

KEEN's Native Plant Sale - Pick Up

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

For those who have pre-ordered plants, pick up is during GISS. Please feel free to take a look at all our educational booths as well!

Washington Outdoor School

05/09/20

9:00am-3:00pm

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Skulls & Bones

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

Members of CWU's Zooarchaeology program will be on hand with ancient and modern skulls and bones of critters that live in the shrub-steppe. 

Washington Falconers Association

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

Raptors and prey birds on display at the park!

Junior Ranger Program

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

Join youth and families all over Washington in discovering how you can play, learn, and protect our state parks through fun and exciting activities! The opportunities are endless. Participate in fun interactive educational programs, design nature crafts, explore park trails, complete a Washington State Parks Junior Ranger booklet, and much more.

Conservation Northwest

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

Learn about CN's shrub-steppe initiative

KEEN Stewardship Activity

05/11/19

9:00am-2:00pm

Help KEEN continue to improve the park with planting native species, maintaining them (watering), and pulling some weeds. It is a great feeling of accomplishment!

The Nature Conservancy Booth

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

KEEN & YCIC Booth

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

Learn about KEEN and our primary project, the Yakima Canyon Interpretive Center that is designed to be at Helen McCabe Park. 

Wild Horse Wind Facility

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

East Cascade Recreation Partnership/Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Booth

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

Snakes & Reptiles Booth

05/09/20

9:00 am - 3:00pm

CWU's herpetology students will have some friends to handle and check out at the park during the day. If you miss the field trip, you can still check out some fun reptiles at the park.

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KEEN IS REFORMATTING THIS EVENT FOR ONLINE LEARNING AND POSSIBLY RESCHEDULING FOR THE FALL. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!

Mailing Address

414 South Willow Street

Ellensburg, WA 98926

kittitasee@ycic.org 

509-551-8807

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