Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe

Saturday May 11, 2019

9:00am-2:00pm

6:30 am bird walk @Umtanum Creek Recreation Area

Helen McCabe Memorial State Park & Umtanum Creek Recreation Area

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

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 :-).

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.

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

05/11/19

9am-2pm

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

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! with Zach Lessig

05/11/19

10:30am-12:00pm

Bugs are an important part of the ecosystem. Learn more about what you see and hear in the Shrub-Steppe.

Early Bird Walk with Deborah Essman & Jerry Scoville

05/11/19

6:30 am to 9:00 am

Catch early spring birds in the Umtanum Creek Recreation Area.

Beaver Tales with Dr. Lixing Sun

05/11/19

9:00 am - 10:20 am

Learn about beavers - their habits and habitats!

Cultural Landscapes with Dr. Steve Hackenberger

05/11/19

9:00 am - 10:20 am

Who once lived in Umtanum Canyon?

Spring Wildflowers with Ian Seiler

05/11/19

9:00 am - 10:20 am

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

Geology of the Yakima River Canyon with Nick Zentner

05/11/19

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Fascinating geology of the Yakima River Canyon.

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 - 2 field trips (pre-registration required) at Umtanum Creek Recreation Area.

Please pre-register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OPZIktdSeCZ9H4E90huM3fehI6alIRnK4Jb-3mCLP-I/edit

The Umtanum Creek Wood Fiesta with Connor Parrish & Ashton Bunce

05/11/19

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

A walk up Umtanum Creek to see the large woody debris project completed by the Yakama Nation and Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

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Umtanum Creek

Recreation Area

Helen McCabe

State Park

Skulls & Bones

05/11/19

9:00 am - 2:00pm

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

Washington Falconers Association

05/11/19

9:00 am - 2:00pm

Raptors and prey birds on display at the park!

Washington Native Plants Society Booth

05/11/19

9:00am-2:00pm

Junior Ranger Program

05/11/19

9:00am-2:00pm

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.

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

05/11/19

9:00am-2:00pm

KEEN & YCIC Booth

05/11/19

9:00am-2:00pm

Wild Horse Wind Facility

05/11/19

9:00am-2:00pm

Shrub-Steppe Obstacle Course

05/11/19

KEEN's fun new activity for all ages!

Be one with nature! Soar like a bird and collect your prey, climb over obstacles like a bighorn sheep and make your way through the shrub-steppe like the insects! Sign up for the Get Intimate with the Shrub-Steppe Obstacle Course to learn how the mammals, reptiles, and snakes live in our environment. Conquer the obstacles and become an official Shrub-Steppe Survivor!

East Cascade Recreation Partnership/Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust Booth

05/11/19

9:00am-2:00pm

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