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CWU Museum Hosts Salmon Run and Earth Day Family Festival

The Museum of Culture and Environment will be holding its second annual Salmon 5K/10K Run and Earth Day Family Festival on April 19 at Central Washington University. 

The Salmon Run celebrates the life of our favorite anadromous fish and will offer 5K and 10K routes, as well as a kids small fry dash. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. For more information visit the Salmon Run registration page.

The Earth Day Family Festival is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in and around Dean Hall at CWU. The festival is free and offers a wide variety of entertaining and educational activities for all ages, including strawberry DNA testing, a Peruvian dance performance, face painting, and a mock archaeology dig. Document shredding also will be available, and people can bring in their unused prescription medications as part of the Drug Take-Back program.

The first 150 attendees will be served free Winegars ice cream. The Earth Day Family Festival also will provide an opportunity to view the museum’s newest exhibit, “How Did the Cougar Cross the Road?” which explores the wildlife corridors that are linking animal populations formerly divided by Interstate 90. Follow in the footsteps of wildlife over a recreated animal overpass and discover how the cougar crosses the road, and how humans are helping.

Earth Day participating organizations:

  • Campus Garden Coalition
  • CWU Greenhouse
  • CWU Police and Parking Services
  • Kittitas County Community Network
  • Kittitas County Public Health Department
  • Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kittitas County Solid Waste
  • Primate Awareness Network
  • Public Health and Pre-Nursing Club
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • RSVP and Volunteer Center of Kittitas County
  • Troupe Rose Belly Dancers
  • TusuyPeru Peruvian Dance Performers
  • Wanapum Native Discovery Unit
  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, SHIBA Program
  • Waste Management
  • Washington Water Trust


The Salmon Run and the Earth Day Festival are sponsored by the Museum of Culture and Environment, University Recreation, Yakama Nation Fisheries, Pizza Colin, Waste Management, Kittitas County Solid Waste, The Gym, and the Recycle Shop.

The Museum of Culture and Environment is at CWU on the first floor of Dean Hall, 1200 N. D St., in Ellensburg. The museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday. Parking is free on the CWU campus after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends. For more information, email Museum@cwu.edu or call 963-2313.

April 7, 2014