CHCI is home to Loulis, Tatu, and Dar and is not open on a daily basis for entertainment purposes. However, CHCI believes that education is one of the most effective ways to save chimpanzees - both in their natural habitat and from the abuse of the entertainment and medical industries, and therefore offers educational programs to the public.
Visiting CHCI - 401 E. Dean Nicholson Blvd.
Chimposiums are offered March - November on Saturdays and Sundays: - Please call for information and pre-paid reservations, or come about 15 minutes early to enjoy this unique experience! 509-963-2244 (adults: $11.00; students: $8.50 age 6-college).
Saturday Times 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Times 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.
Chimposiums - one-hour weekend educational workshops
Advanced Chimposiums - six-hour educational workshops offered select Saturdays throughout the year 2012 schedule .
Group Chimposiums - pre-aranged one-hour weekday Chimposiums for groups of up to 40
Apprentice Program - an in-depth, 8 week summer program. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must have completed at least one year of university level education prior to the start of the program.
Why not make a day or an entire weekend out of your Chimposium experience?! Ellensburg and Kittitas County offer great restaurants, museums, shops and outdoor recreation experiences for all ages!
What others are saying about CHCI's Chimposiums
"Great Docents - they are knowledgable, welcoming and make the presentation fun!"
"I love coming here - the docents are very informative! This was my 4th time and it gets better each time."
"Thank you for this rare experience. This information will last a lifetime."
"Amazing. So nice to see such consideration for the family. Thank you for the information and refreshed perspective. I was so misinformed and am grateful to have been corrected."
“Seeing the chimpanzee project has made me think I’d like to go further with it, like interpreting or taking additional college classes.” [High School Student]
"Thank you for teaching us about chimpanzees. I now know that the smiles they show of chimps on cards is of fear, and that they are our closest relative." [Grade School Student]
"Thank you so much for providing a wonderful opportunity for our students. They really learned a lot and changed a number of their assumptions about chimpanzees. Keep up the good work!" [Grade School Science Teacher]
“Thank you. It was most impressive that the chimps are the first priority, not the guests! That surprised and impressed me.”
"Thank you for the eye opening information that you provided for us. It meant so much to me to learn about them and the impact we have on the ape species." [middle school student]
"Learning about how chimpanzees are treated around the world was shocking. Now I never want to see a chimpanzee commercial again." [middle school student]"
"It's amazing about chimpanzee's knowing silent signals. I feel sad about the loss of habitat, logging, and bush meat trade. I never knew how similar we were to chimpanzees. I never really thought chimpanzees can really feel stuff. This tour made me realize that chimpanzees really feel stuff almost the same as us." [from a child]
"I so much appreciate the perspective of bridging species and
"This place is awesome." [from a child]