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KEEN believes in life-long learning and so we work with our amazing local naturalists and partner organizations to bring the best of the best to talk to you! Most of these events are indoors/sit down, they are by-donation and open to anyone to attend!

what an amazing opportunity to learn about this special place we call home.


Check the schedule below to see what's coming up!

Upcoming Events

Fall Workshop 2023
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9am - Representatives of the ESD Ichishkíin Sinwit ku Tiináwit Payúutmita/ ESD Native American Language & Culture Program (ISTP), “Ichishkíin greeting and land acknowledgment

915am - Jill Scheffer, KEEN President, “Introduction to The Yakima Canyon Corridor Management Plan"

10am - Scott Downes, Department of Fish and Wildlife, "The Yakima Canyon is a wildlife connectivity corridor"

1030am - Jon Meier, Bureau of Land Management, "Public Lands in the Yakima Canyon area"

11am - Yakima Canyon Outdoor Recreation Panel Discussion with Shelly Edwards, Deloa Dalby, Jesse Cunningham, Vince Pruis, and Deb Essman

1145am - Fly Fishing Demo

1230pm - Lunch and Social (light snacks and beverages are provided, please pack your own lunch)

130pm - Melinda Hughes and Ryan Miller, Department of Fish and Wildlife, "Habitat Work on Wenas WLA in the Yakima Canyon"

2pm - Adrian Slade, herpetologist, "Natural History and Road Mortality of Snakes in the Shrub Steppe" with live specimens

230pm - Deb Essman, Kittitas Field and Stream, "Birds of the Yakima Canyon”

3pm - Jill Scheffer, KEEN President, “YCIC: The Gateway to the Yakima Canyon”

330pm - Final Q&A, Closing Remarks, and Action Items

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11am - Yakima Canyon Outdoor Recreation Panel Discussion


Shelly Edwards, fly fishing instructor



Jesse Cunningham, president of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance: Kittitas Chapter


Vince Pruis, TCF's engagement coordinator for Mountains to Sound Greenway


Deloa Dalby, Conservation Committee Chair for The Mountaineers/Foothills Branch


Deb Essman, past president of the Kittitas County Field and Stream

Past Events


Whose Track is That?

Deb Essman, Kittitas County Field and Stream Club
Friday April 28
Canyon River Lodge

Join hunter and outdoor educator (amazing birder!), Deb Essman to learn about tracking, identifying animal sign, and more. You won't want to miss this talk! Free and family friendly! No pre-registration needed.

A Taste of Terroir: Exploring the Wines of Washington*

Kristine Miller, CWU Wine Studies Director
Saturday May 13 2:30pm-5pm
Canyon River Lodge

Sip & Learn with Kristine Miller, Director of CWUs Wine Program. Kristine will discuss the terroir (climate, topography, soil, etc.) of Central Washington and the various events that shaped the terroir of the amazing wine regions of this area. Learn how this terroir impacts the flavor profile of Washington Wine. Combined with wine tasting and a great location at Canyon River Ranch Lodge, this is an afternoon not to be missed!

*this is a ticketed event and requires pre-registration here


Owls & Raptors of the Yakima River Canyon

Friday June 16, 7pm
Canyon River Lodge

The amazing Deb Essman of the Kittitas County Field and Stream Club, will share her knowledge and understanding of owls and raptors who live in and visit the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway. Free and family friendly!

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Salmon Art

Friday July 28, 7pm
Canyon River Lodge
Sip & Paint

KEEN's Treasurer and resident artist, Allison Carpenter (famous from the Ellensburg Farmer's Market) will share her skills in painting salmon art! Details to come: pre-registration and a small art supply fee will be required.


Salmon Habitat Restoration

Saturday October 14
Location TBD


Join Rebecca Wassell from the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group to discuss habitat restoration in support of salmon and other river critters in Central WA State.

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