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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.


Watching Wildlife

Watching Wildlife

Watching Wildlife

Want to see more animals on your trip to the Hanford Reach National Monument? Here are some tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife

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.

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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

  • Screech At The Reach

    BatsOctober 28, 2016

    Scared of spiders? Terrified of toads? Bewitched by bats? You shouldn't be, and we're happy to tell you why. Join us at for Screech At The Reach at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (1943 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick) to explore the myths and truths about the creatures of Halloween. Adults, you'll want to be there at 6:00 p.m. sharp–that's when we'll have a lecture about these scary denizens of the night. Immediately after that (6:45), we'll have tables set up for kids to construct clothespin bats, dissect owl pellets, make owl masks, or stroke a wolf pelt. Blue Mountain Wildlife will be on hand with live owls, and there will be spiders and snakes and scorpions. Experts will be on hand to talk about these creatures, or the Monument itself. The Reach will be open until 8:00 p.m. Normal admission fees apply, but if you bring a canned good for Second Harvest, you'll get $2 off the admission fee. Remember, 5:30 p.m. sharp!

    Screech At the Reach
  • Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

    Pale Evening PrimroseNovember 09, 2016

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center are pleased to present photographer and self-taught botanist Mark Turner for an evening presentation of Wildflowers of the Northwest. Mark’s photography is featured in numerous books and magazines, including his award-winning field guides. His presentation and slide show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9th, at The Reach, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. The normal admission fee includes Mark’s presentation and an opportunity to speak with USFWS staff about the Hanford Reach National Monument, as well as access to all the galleries.

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, Elk In Snow - Cathy Haglund, Saddle Mountains - Rich Steele, Pale Evening Primrose - Mark Turner
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2016
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