REACH into the Classroom

The REACH Museum Educators bring science and history to life and into your classroom! Our in-class programs are fun, interactive and tailored to fit with academic standards based on audience.

Programs offered through REACH into the Classroom include the following:


  • Reading the Rocks – Discover the exciting geologic history of the Pacific Northwest by examining local rocks and figuring out how they formed. Students will learn types of rocks and work together to assemble the rock cycle.
  • Fossils & Floods – Students examine ancient local fossils and Ice Age artifacts to piece together how life and the land has changed here in the Columbia Basin. Photos, maps, and models bring the past to life.
  • Soil – The Pacific Northwest has some of the best soils on earth, thanks to its volcanic history and the Ice Age Floods. Students will examine soil ingredients and investigate colors and textures to understand how soil works and nourishes Columbia Basin crops.
  • Custom Program – Our Educators are more than happy to work on creating a program that best fits the class’ specific needs.


  • Plants – Sagebrush and bunch grasses dominate the dry uplands while trees and shrubs line the riverbanks. Students can learn how shrub-steppe plants are adapted to this arid ecosystem and how they compare to riparian plants along the river.
  • Animals – There is a great diversity of wildlife on the Hanford Reach where the river meets the shrub-steppe. Students examine animal skulls, pelts and other parts to learn about the unique animals of the Columbia Basin and how they interact within their habitats and the food web.
  • Be A Wildlife Biologist – The Hanford Reach National Monument protects over 300 square miles around the Hanford site with all its unique wildlife and archeological sties. Scientists studying the area have discovered new and rare species. Students will learn about the methods scientists are using to survey and conserve the wildlife of the Hanford Reach, and try out a study of their own.


  • Lewis & Clark on the Columbia River – The Corps of Discovery got their first impressions of this area over 210 years ago as they made their way down the Columbia. Students will use the Corps’ journal entries as well as drawing exercises to understand how the river has changed over the centuries.
  • Life on the River – The fourth largest river in North America supports a diverse variety of fish and other life. Students will examine fish adaptations to understand this diversity, and explore how fish cope with human-made changes.
  • River Dynamics – Students use models and maps to understand how watershed land-use affects the river, and how the river shapes the land.
  • What Grows in Washington – With rich soil and water from the Columbia, crops grown in Washington help feed the world. Students explore the variety of foods and other products produced in the Columbia Basin using the museum garden and irrigation pivot.


  • Pioneers of the Atom – Our area was transformed from sparsely populated desert to a booming government town when the top-secret Manhattan Project was launched. Students examine artifacts that bring the atomic age to life, learning about nuclear physics, World War II and Cold War history along the way.
  • Hanford Clean-Up – Since plutonium production at Hanford ended in 1989, several agencies are now working on the largest environmental clean-up project in the nation. Students will learn about the challenges and innovations involved in this effort, as well as the unique resources found within the Hanford Reach National Monument.

The REACH into the Classroom programs are offered to all schools located in Tri-Cities and surrounding schools* for a nominal fee** of $90.00 per one hour program for one class (up to 30 students); $120 per hour for two classes at the same time or $60 per class for multiple consecutive hours.

*Please note that schools outside of the Tri-Cities area of Richland, Kennewick, Pasco and West Richland may be charged additional fees for mileage and travel time.

**Funds are available to help subsidize programs if needed. Please contact us for details prior to registering.

Please complete the following REACH into the Classroom registration form.

Note that payment is required in advance or at time of the program. We accept cash, checks or credit cards, but we cannot accept Purchase Orders at this time.

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A program group is a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 30 students. The education experience is best with one or two groups at a time. Please contact the Education Manager if you need to schedule a larger group.
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