Experience the unique history of the land that surrounds the Mid-Columbia River region through a variety of specially designed tours offered through The REACH Museum, guided by local experts such as Gary Kleinknect and Bruce Bjornstad.
From exploratory hikes to tracing the paths of the Ice Age floods; from kayaking on the Columbia River to strolling through an aromatic lavender farm; or take a tour of a local hop farm, processing plant and microbrewery to imbibe in local draughts.
Cost of each tour includes transportation to and from the location and lunch. Participants are requested to arrive at The REACH 15 minutes before the start time so that the tour can depart on time. The provided lunch is a sandwich, small bag of chips, a cookie and a small bottled water. Participants with special dietary requirements are responsible for bringing their own. The REACH prohibits open containers of alcohol during transportation.
Any cancellation seven (7) days before the tour date will receive a full refund. The REACH will retain 25% of the ticket cost if a cancellation occurs less than seven (7) days before the tour date. Tours are subject to cancellation if there are not enough registered participants to fulfill the minimum requirement.
Explore the Mid-Columbia region with two renowned experts in our area, Bruce Bjornstad and Gary Kleinknecht.
The REACH Tours are developed to help educate, share and enjoy the amazing landscapes and environments surrounding our area. Both Bruce and Gary are wonderful story tellers through their extensive knowledge of the land that surrounds us.
Bruce Bjornstad is a licensed geologist/hydrogeologist, retired as a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He received a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in geology from Eastern Washington University. During his 35-year career he has written numerous documents and reports on the geology of the region as well as two geologic guidebooks on Ice Age floods that transformed the Pacific Northwest as recently as 13,000 years ago. Bruce is also the creator of an online YouTube Channel titled: “Ice Age Floodscapes”. Visit Bruce's website at: https://www.brucebjornstad.com/
Gary Kleinknecht is a Tri-Cities native and retired educator. He has been a student and teacher of the Ice Age floods since the early 1980s. He joined the Ice Age Floods Institute (IAFI) in 1999, served as president of the institute from 2004 to 2010 and as vice president from 2012 to the present. Gary has been a member of MCBONES Research Center Foundation since its inception in 2008 and is currently Education Director for the MCBONES Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig near Kennewick, Washington. Visit the Ice Age Floods Institute website at https://iafi.org and the MCBONES website at https://mcbones.org.