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Cowiche Canyon Conservancy celebrates "Earth Day"

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COWICHE CANYON, Wash. – The Cowiche Canyon Conservancy celebrated "Earth Day" on Sunday, delaying its planned program but maintaining the same national message.

People walking along the Cowiche Canyon Trail were able to participate in group tours lead by staff with the Conservancy. Guides explained the unique combination of minerals that formed the canyon millions of years ago. Besides geology, other topics included the fishery, plants, birds, and butterflies that all inhabit the canyon.

James Fitch is a docent for the Conservancy and says this was their first chance to celebrate "Earth Day" in the canyon.

"The idea is to educate the public about our natural resources and natural heritage," said Fitch.

After taking multiple groups on tours, in some cases as many as 50 people, the Conservancy hosted a fundraising dinner at The Tasting Room Yakima in Naches Heights. This is the second year the "Rocks On" event has raised money for the group.