"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.
Thank You Fresh Hop Group!
The Fresh Hop Group awarded 19 Yakima County based Arts and Science organizations a part of over $100,000 in funds from proceeds from their 2017 Fresh Hop Ale Festival. The Wenas Mammoth Foundation is honored and excited to be awarded $3,500.00, that will be used at the dig site to fabricate and erect the life-size Bison Antiquus Silhouette (Perry Tech Welding Program) and also supplies for the 2nd Mural (LaSalle High School Art Class). This generous grant gives us the opportunity to bring Arts and Science education projects to our local school students, and communities. Please support the Fresh Hop Group by attending their function in 2018, by participating or volunteering!
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The Wenas 17,000 year old Columbian Mammoth and Bison Antiquus bones, that have been at CWU's Lab, are being returned to the Mayos in Selah, as the research is being completed by Professor Lubinski. The Mayos and the WMF will be displaying selected bones in the Mobile Educational Exhibit, and at dig site events. We are looking forward to adding the Columbian Mammoth's Femur and Humerus bones to the collection soon. Thank You Central WA Univeristy, Professor Lubinski and Lynn Bethke, for all your excellent work and support of this project.
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 seeds in young minds to grow into an interest in the mysteries and excitement of science. This could begin a pathway into a science industry career for your child or grandchild.
The would like to thank Yakama's Legends Casino and Yakima Fresh Hop Group for their support in 2017. With the generous support from organizations like these, as well as individual donations, we are able to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and CTE (Career Technical Education) by utilizing local natural earth science and the Wenas Creek Mammoth Dig Site.
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!