Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, Yakima, WA


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Protecting our shrub-steppe and
connecting people to this vanishing landscape

Welcome to Cowiche Canyon Conservancy!
Escape to tree-shrouded streams, sage-dotted slopes, dramatic cliffs and abundant wildlife.   We are a land trust founded in 1985 to preserve Cowiche Canyon, a treasure trove of the natural world in south Central Washington.  Located just west of Yakima, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy owns and manages 5,000 acres and offers close to 30 miles of trails through sage and grasslands, flowering meadows, oak woodlands, and basalt cliffs.  Cowiche Creek flows through our ownerships, replete with salmon, beavers, crayfish, great blue herons, and myriad other wildlife drawn to water in our arid lands.

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy’s work is to:

  • Conserve the natural lands of our area
  • Manage, improve and expand a high quality recreation experience through a non-motorized trail network
  • Offer educational opportunities through guided hikes, lectures, and field-based learning
  • Participate in the well-being of our community

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Protect & Enjoy

Cowiche Canyon Columns
Winter 2018 Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Cowiche Canyonr Rocks
Register Now! - April 29

Cowiche Canyon Rocks

Winter Lecture Series

Biology and Conservation of Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest
by Dr. David James, WSU Entomologist
Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 pm
Deccio Building, Parker Room | YVC

The Monarch Butterfly in Mexico:
More Than a Migration

Dr. Javier Ponce Saavedra, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo.
Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 pm
Deccio Building, Parker Room | YVC

Demystifying Pacific Lamprey: History, Ecology, Biology, Threats & Restoration
by Ralph Lampman
Tuesday, February 27, 7:00 pm
Glenn Anthon Hall, Room 215 | YVC

The Beauty of Burns & the Value of Post-Fire Habitats for Wildlife
by Dr. Teresa Lorenz
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 pm
Glenn Anthon Hall, Room 215 | YVC

The Voyage of the Monarch
Art Exhibit

The Voyage of the Monarch is a collaboration
between Cowiche Canyon Conservancy, the
Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Yakima-Morelia
Sister City Assocation and friends, celebrating the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly.

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When you support Cowiche Canyon Conservancy with your annual membership, you are supporting the preservation of wide open spaces and trails where we all can share the beauty of nature with friends and family. You are supporting a place where you can relieve stress, find peace and quiet, and connect with the world around you! Learn more about the many ways you can support the Conservancy.

Trailhead Security

Cars at trailheads are ripe targets for prowlers.  Please help us reduce crime at our trailheads by leaving valuables behind.  Report break-ins to the Sheriff's office (509-574-2500 or 800-572-0490), and call 911 if you witness suspicious activities. 

CCC is working with local law enforcement and neighbors to address safety issues in our parking lots.



Commercial Use Policy:  Commercial use of Cowiche Canyon properties is by permission only. Certain conditions will apply.

Photograph by David Hagen

Cowiche Canyon Conservancy
P.O. Box 877
Yakima, Washington 98907
Tel. (509) 248-5065
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