"This was a very popular exhibit at our high school Science Night, which had more than 1,000 attendees of all ages…they were able to allow over 800 of our students to interact with the exhibit during two school days. Highly recommended!" - Lisa Harpel
In 2005, while constructing a road on a hillside overlooking the Wenas Valley, north of Selah, in Central Washington State, the left front leg (Humerus) bone of a mammoth was uncovered. The Wenas Mammoth find is on private land owned by Bronwyn, Douglas and Nancy Mayo of Haywire Outfit, Inc. Finds of isolated mammoth elements are common on the Columbia Plateau, however, those remains are from the Missoula Flood deposits. The Wenas Mammoth is unusual because it is well preserved, at an elevation well above the Missoula Flood deposits.
During summers from 2005 to 2010, Central Washington University (CWU) conducted field schools for scientific investigation of the mammoth bones called the Wenas Creek Mammoth Project. The interdisciplinary project—using methods from paleontology, archaeology and geography—had as its goal the careful scientific recovery of bones and associated artifacts, while placing the finds into a appropriate context of physical geography. Each year's project included the field school, public tours, presentations, and volunteer opportunities, averaging over 2,000 visitors each four-week period. CWU is currently inspecting and cataloging what was collected during the total six-year period.
In 2012, a group of local educators and supporters began the process of forming the Wenas Mammoth Foundation (WMF), a non-profit corporation. The mission of the WMF is to promote, preserve and utilize the Central Washington State dig site and its natural science and history to inspire the pursuit of educational opportunities throughout Washington State.
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YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Go to the Donations page to see the ways you can contribute. You can make a difference by helping bring the Wenas Mammoth Mobile Educational Exhibit to local schools and events and opening opportunities at the dig site. We charge a nominal fee for the Mobile Educational Exhibit to cover costs, and hope that additional donations will help our educational program grow. Please help us plant the seed in young minds to grow an interest in the mysteries and excitement of science. This could begin a pathway into a science industry career for your child or grandchild.
We are looking for people who want to be part of our mission to "inspire the pursuit of educational opportunities," helping us by manning the Mobile Educational Exhibit at school and community events, developing curriculum, and planning upcoming events. Contact us today!