Throughout the 2016-17 school year and summer, The REACH hosted 2300 students during guided field trips and 1240 self-guided visits. The Education Team visited over 700 students in their classrooms and camps, and brought the Mini Mobile Museum to nine events at local schools. They also held 12 monthly STEAM Workshops, three summer day camps, and launched a bi-monthly preschool program with interactive learning.


Pauline Schafer has been an Educator at The REACH since January 2016. When she moved to the Tri-Cities in 2014 she was happy to find The REACH as a place to learn all about the history, wildlife, and geology of the region. She has worked in education for over 15 years in various outdoor programs and nature centers, including the forest of southern Indiana, tallgrass prairie of Iowa, coastal mountains of California, and wetlands in Texas. She enjoys helping learners of all ages connect with the land and its human history.


Katie Colleran has been working at the REACH for nearly three years. She started as a Goodwill intern and was hired soon after as an Educator. Katie loves her job and the people she works with. On Sundays she watches football and cheers for her favorite team, the Green Bay Packers.


Andrea Constance has been an Experiential Educator for over 15 years, joining the REACH Education team in 2017. She led outdoor trips in the Midwest and taught science for the Audubon Society of Portland. Introducing people to new experiences is a driving force for Andrea.  When she’s not working she stays busy skiing, cooking, knitting, biking and volunteering with her adventurous toddler and her awesome dog.