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  • Wildflower Galleries

    Wildflower Galleries

    It may be arid, but the Monument comes alive in the spring with wildflowers. Here are some of our most colorful.

    Wildflower Galleries

  • Little Brown Myotis

    Hanford Bats

    Legend. Myths. Folklore. Bats figure prominently in our primal fears, the things that scare us in the chill dark of the night. Are we silly!


  • Sage Thrasher

    Rare Species

    "The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is it?'" – Aldo Leopold, Round River

    Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species

  • Monarch Butterfly


    The Monument is paradise for entomologists. Especially lepidopterans. You have to find out what that means.


  • Elk Viewing


    What do visitors want to see? The White Bluffs, of course. Coyotes, deer and birds have their fans. But everyone wants to see the massive elk found here.


Hanford's Cultural Heritage

Cultural Resources


The history and cultural heritage of Hanford would fill several web sites. We've pulled together just a taste of what's to be discovered here.

Cultural Resources

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

Hanford Reach is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Of Special Interest

  • Rattlesnake Mountain & ALE Access Public Open Houses

    Rattlesnake Mountain AccessOctober 14, 2015

    On October 14, we’re hosting two open houses to listen to the public about how best to provide access to Rattlesnake Mountain and the rest of the Fitzner-Eberhardt Arid Lands Ecolgy Reserve. The open houses are at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, adjacent to Columbia Park). We’ll open with a short presentation about the process and some of the issues we’re trying to navigate. Then, you’ll have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with FWS staff about your ideas and concerns. But don’t worry if you can’t get to one of the open houses; we’re accepting comments and ideas until November 13, 2015. In fact, the link below will open a PDF of a comment form you can use. The form has all the instructions you’ll need. Hope to see you there.

    Rattlesnake Mountain Access Comment Form
  • National Wildlife Refuge 2015 Photo Contest

    NWRA Photo ContestNovember 15, 2015

    The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced its 2015 Refuge Photo Contest! We invite you to enter your photographs of the habitats, wildlife and people that make our national wildlife refuges such incredible places. Our nation is home to more than 560 national wildlife refuges, which provide habitat for 700 bird species, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and over 1,000 species of fish. Landscapes range from the artic tundra in Alaska to tropical coastlines along the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn’t it be great to have a winning entry from Cold Springs, Columbia, Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish, Umatilla, or the Hanford Reach National Monument? Follow the link below for details.

    NWRA 2015 Photo Contest
Page Photo Credits — Kangaroo Rat - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Globe-mallow - Gordon Warrick, Little Brown Myotis - Ann Froschauer/FWS, Sage Thrasher- Tim Lenz, Monarch Butterfly - Jane Abel, Elk - Walmart, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Saddle Mountains - Rich Steele
Last Updated: Oct 08, 2015


  • 2015 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2015

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2015 Events Calendar (PDF)
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