The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center August 2012 
Hanford Reach Interpretive Center 
line of pelicans in flight over river
Pelicans in Flight -- taken during REACH Kayak trip
What's Happening at the REACH
Mess Hall Dinner & USO Show
Fall Lecture Schedule
Summer 2012 Highlights
Tickets On Sale Now!!!
When: Friday, September 21, 2012
Where: Building 59, Naval Air Station, 3416 N. Swallow Ave., Pasco
Time: 6pm
Cost: $50 per person $300 a table

Call 943-4100 or 943-9000 to buy your tickets today!
HRIC Lecture presented by Dr. Eric Johnson, WSU Tri-Cities

When: Friday, August 17, 2012
Where: Richland Public Library
955 Northgate Dr., Richland
Time: 3:00pm

FREE and open to the public
Jet Tours of the Hanford Reach
See the Reach from the River!
We have partnered with Columbia River Journeys! You can now purchase tickets for all their tours from our office located at 1229 Columbia Park Trail in Richland.
Upcoming Available Tour Dates:
Tues, Aug 21st -- Depart 8am
Sat, Aug 25th -- Depart 8am
Wed, Aug 29th -- Depart 8am
Office hours are Mon-Fri, 9-5. For more info call (509) 943-4100
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Greetings Friends,


Throughout all the changes you have heard of this past year, our CEO and Board remain committed to preserve the core of the original vision of The Reach as we adapt to hard financial and economic realities. After meetings with our many stakeholders and a public workshop to solicit ideas, we are developing a new "campus concept" that allows maximum adaptability to changing business conditions and opportunities. This will strategically target a series of building projects over time that deliver components of The Reach vision as funds become available, starting with existing resources to construct site infrastructure and the first building on campus. Our Board and CEO are meeting weekly to decide the details of that plan. Here is my personal vision of how it will go. In less than two years, the Reach will open the first building at Columbia Park West, housing:

  • Exhibits on the natural history of The Hanford Reach National Monument and Columbia River, developed with US Fish and Wildlife using funds in hand
  • Modest theater telling the stories of The Hanford Reach National Monument; The Hanford Story, from the Manhattan Project through the Cold War, Environmental Restoration and the future of Hanford; the B-Reactor Story; and the Ice-Age Floods story
  • Classroom for K-12 student programs, professional development for their teachers and adult programs

The campus itself will feature a modest amphitheater for outdoor learning experiences, with a symbolic sun motif, marking this both as the physical center of a student-developed solar system model and the symbolic center of a solar system of interpretive tours that will provide access to:

  • Monument lands and river corridor
  • B-Reactor as part of the new Manhattan Project National Park
  • Ice-Age Floods Trail venues and
  • Wine and agriculture country

Expect those tours to ramp up even as construction proceeds. As new funds become available, high priorities for further construction will provide space for potential future collections of artifacts, for expanding exhibit space that could accommodate visiting exhibits and for developing a learning center for dry lands ecology and sustainability education.


While economic realities have changed and our plans have adapted, the need for The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center and its programs has not changed. The time to deliver them is now.              

Fred Raab Headshot
Fred Raab, RPFD President




Fred Raab, President of the Richland Public Facilities District
The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center


Mess Hall Dinner and USO Show!
Get ready to drag a hoof and have a swell time!!
REACH and CREHST Mess Hall Dinner USO Show flyer
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Please join us on Friday and Saturday, September 21st and 22nd for a joint fundraiser for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center and the CREHST Museum.


On Friday, Sept. 21st we are holding a Mess Hall Dinner and USO Show at Building 59 of the former Pasco Naval Air Station from the WWII era. There will be exhibits and memorabilia on loan from the CREHST Museum, the Franklin County Historical Society & Museum, Bergstrom Aircraft Inc. & (Save the Old Tower), and Airfield Estates. An authentic 1940's Hanford Camp style dinner will be served by the Country Gentleman. Dinner will be followed by a variety style USO Show produced by Jo Brodzinski and  featuring Steve Haberman, Bluezette, Mary Lou Gnoza, and other special guests and surprises!


Following on Saturday morning, Sept. 22nd, join us outside the CREHST Museum for a 5k ABC House Sponsored Walk.  This walk-a-thon event will take participants on a walking tour of a historic ABC house neighborhood and will feature docents and interpreters along the route. This is a wonderful way to get some fresh air and exercise while learning about the unique and colorful history of some of the historic homes in Richland.


Tickets for the Mess Hall Dinner and USO Show are $50 a person and $300 for a table. Tickets can be purchased at the Reach office or at the CREHST Museum. Online registration for the 5K sponsored walk is available at the CREHST Museum website.


Interested in volunteering? Enlist now!




HRIC Fall Lecture Series: Invention and Innovation
Join us this fall for three engaging speakers.

In collaboration with the Richland Public Library, we are pleased to announce that September 14th marks the start of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center Fall Lecture Series: Invention and Innovation.


This fall we will feature three very dynamic and engaging speakers who have made great strides in their respective fields. All of these gentleman are poignet examples of the wealth of innovative professionals who live and work in the Tri-Cities.


September: "Problem Solving" presented by Richard Bogert of Bogert Aviation

Friday, Sept. 14th at 3:00pm at the Richland Public Library


October: "Taking an Idea to Fruition" presented by Gary White of TRIDEC

Friday, Oct. 19th at 3:00pm at the Richland Public Library


November: "Innovation Engineering" presented by Patric Sazama of IMPACT Washington

Friday, Nov. 9th at 3:00pm at the Richland Public Library


 The HRIC Fall Lecture Series: Invention and Innovation is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Stephanie Button, Programs and Education Officer at 943-4100 or at [email protected]

 Summer 2012 Highlights
Program and Education Activities from this past summer. 
center for sharing jet tour
Jet boat tour of the Hanford Reach with the Center for Sharing and Columbia River Journeys
kayak tour group on river
8 mile kayak float down the Hanford Reach with Columbia Kayak Adventures
Reach booth at Richland Famers Market
Our booth at the Richland Market at the Parkway. Come see us every Friday, 9am-1pm until Oct.
About Us

The REACH will be the preeminent showcase for advancing our understanding of the unique forces of Man and Nature that shape the Pacific Northwest from the Ice Age Floods to the Manhattan project and beyond. The Interpretive Center will serve as a gateway to the Hanford Reach National Monument. The REACH will feature exhibitions about the plants and animals of the region; basalt flows and Ice Age Floods; the people of the region; the Manhattan Project and B Reactor; and environmental stewardship. A major feature of the REACH will be connecting visitors with the wonderful water-based recreational and educational activities in the Mid-Columbia. The REACH, once constructed, is expected to serve 65,000 visitors a year.