"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 26 Yakima County based Arts and Science organizations a part of over $100,000 in funds from proceeds from their 2018 Fresh Hop Ale Festival. The Wenas Mammoth Foundation is honored and excited to be awarded a grant that will be used to enhance our educational program, including our repository which will house the original mammoth and bison bones. Please support the Fresh Hop Group by attending their function in 2019, 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 WMF would like to thank Pacific Power Foundation for the grant in support of the WMF's Local Earth Science and STEM education program. The Pacific Power Foundation is a subsidiary of the PacifiCorp Foundation, one of the largest utility-endowed foundations in the United States. The foundation was created in 1988 by PacifiCorp, an electric utility serving 1.8 million customers in six Western states as Pacific Power (Oregon, Washington and California) and Rocky Mountain Power (Utah, Wyoming and Idaho). The foundation’s mission, through charitable investments, is to support the growth and vitality of the communities served by Pacific Power. For more information, visit www.pacificpower.net/foundation.
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!
The WMF received a grant from The Plaid Door, a consignment and thrift store operated by St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Each year one-half if their net proceeds are donated to Yakima Valley non-profit organizations. We would like to thank The Plaid Door for supporting the WMF’s Paleontology & Archaeology Summer Youth Camp. If you get the opportunity to check out their wonderful selection of clothing and accessories at 220 N 40th Ave., Yakima, thank them for supporting local non-profit organizations that make a difference in our community.