KEEN's 11th Annual Winter Fair
Saturday January 21st 2023

Free and Family Friendly at the Hal Holmes Center at the Ellensburg Library

Please join us for KEEN's 12th Annual Winter Fair from 11-3 at Hal Holmes in Ellensburg.


Winter Fair’s participants showcase fun, environmentally themed educational activities for the whole family.


Winter Fair’s mission is to feature local organizations, companies, agencies and individuals that support and enhance our community’s educational, economic, and environmental sustainability.

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Do you have an organization or business with a sustainability story to share? Register at the link below: 

2020 KEEN Winter Fair Groups

Kittitas Environmental Education Network

Wenas Mammoth Foundation (outside)

Wild Horse Wind Facility

Kittitas Audubon Society

Yakima Canyon Interpretive Center

League of Women Voters (lobby)

Rodeo City Repair Cafe

Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group

Yakima River Headwaters Chapter Trout Unlimited

Washington State Parks & Rec Commission

Yakima Fly Fishers Association

Eburg Veg

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The Nature Conservancy

Kittitas County Friends of Animals


Washington State Parks

Kittitas Conservation Trust

Our Environment

Pacific Education Institute

Cottonwood Animal Massage

Washington Outdoor School

Kittitas County Solid Waste

Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust

City of Ellensburg – Stormwater Utility

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

CWU Museum of Culture and Environment

American Rivers/ Yakima Basin Integrated Plan

Mule Deer Foundation

CWU Cultural and Environmental Resource Mgmt.

Alison Carpenter Face Painting

City of Ellensburg – Stormwater Trucks (outside)

Kittitas County Master Gardeners

 We’re hoping for snakes & reptiles too!

12th Annual KEEN Winter Fair

For the 12th year, KEEN is providing a free, family-friendly way to connect with environmental, educational, and sustainable opportunities in our community. KEEN’s Winter Fair, coming up on January 21st, is the perfect way to learn more about the place you call home.

KEEN sometimes calls Winter Fair an educational farmers market…but I’m not sure that captures the true nature of the event and how it has morphed and evolved over the years.

Originally we looked to sustainable business owners to sell their re-envisioned, re-useable, and in some cases, edible wares to a fogged-in-winter-downtrodden community who were desperate for the coming sunnier days. But over time, KEEN’s Winter Fair has evolved to become a way for organizations and educational efforts in the region to find new audiences. Groups that do their best to get people outside, get them connected with nature, get them learning, get them to change behavior, and get them to engage with their community.

Over 30 different entities come together on a, usually chilly and snowy, Saturday in January (the 21st this year) and spend a few hours (11-3) at Hal Holmes telling you about their astonishing work. It is an event not to be missed. And did we mention it is free and great for kiddos too?!

But why does it matter? Many of us read, watch, or hear the news every day. It can often be all bad and completely overwhelming…somedays it can be downright depressing. From climate change, environmental protection rollbacks, loss of public recreational lands, to endless fires and disasters. Some days it is hard to get out of bed and keep going with our work.

But there is something special about the groups that join KEEN each year. They work day in and day out to bring good news, great projects, good results, and great people to share hope and ways for people to ‘do something’, to make change in their lives and the lives of their neighbors. We are so blessed in Central Washington to have so very many organizations and individuals who care, and who embrace the insanity of doing the same things every day and hoping for a different outcome.

They all inspire me to keep going and when I hear their stories and their efforts I am energized to push on. A rising tide lifts all boats, and the KEEN Winter Fair is a rising tide.

All the groups are doing amazing work! They provide recreation connections, environmental advocacy, sustainable choices, support our animal and plant friends, and are LOCAL to boot! Where else can you find those kinds of connections all in one place?

Join KEEN, and everyone, on Saturday January 21st from 11-3 at Hal Holmes in Ellensburg. You can’t go wrong spending a day being inspired and being engaged.

Images from Past Fairs