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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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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Of Special Interest

  • The Reach

    The Reach Logo

    The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center is (finally) open! It's a big win for the community and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Reach tells the stories not just of the Hanford Reach National Monument, but of the community. For such a small community, the number, intensity and fascinating detail of the stories found here is amazing. But it’s the Monument and the Columbia River that tie everything together at The Reach, and it's there that is the focal point to telling the tales of both.

    The Reach
  • B Reactor Tour

    B Reactor Tour

    A tour of the B Reactor on Hanford provides telling glimpses into our history, testaments to what we can accomplish but also to a darker history. Now, you can explore that history from the comfort of your home. While nothing can supplant the feeling of standing in front of the face of the reactor—and we encourage you to sign up for one of the many tours run by the Department of Energy—if you can’t visit in person, you can ‘visit’ the B Reactor through a new web site, Ranger In Your Pocket. While really designed to supplement an actual tour—the Atomic Heritage Foundation the Ranger in Your Pocket program to play videos or audio on the smart phones they bring on tours—the site works just as well to provide you a tour from. The program displays like an app on phones or tablets, but it was designed as a website to avoid taking up memory on personal devices. So, if you can’t visit the B Reactor in person, this is a great alternative.

    Ranger In Your Pocket
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: May 15, 2014


  • 2014 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2014

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

    2014 Events Calendar (PDF)
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