Dear Arboretum Friends,

With our most heartfelt apologies, we announce that this year’s annual Luminaria candle-lit walk has been canceled. We have hosted this event for more than 30 years and have come to enjoy it almost as much as our visitors. But after many discussions and the recent mandates by Governor Jay Inslee, we must cancel to ensure the health of our employees, volunteers, and the thousands of visitors who attend each year. Yes, that’s right, thousands. Denying the Covid-19 virus the opportunity to spread is the best thing we can do to protect ourselves, our volunteers, and our community. We look forward to the time when we can, once again, safely host events of this size and caliber.

Until that time, we invite you to continue to enjoy the Arboretum grounds during daylight hours for your physical and mental well-being. So bundle up and come on out to take a walk, collect acorns, rake some leaves, and do a little bird watching at the bird blind. Let the Yakima Area Arboretum help soothe your soul.


Colleen Adams-Schuppe
Executive Director

Stuart Simmons
Board of Directors, President