For those parents wondering how they're going to keep their kids busy during spring break, the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center is offering some options.
Activities begin Monday, and there also are a few long-term projects the kids can tackle.
-- REACH Quilt Project -- for students in grades 6-12 who would like to design and submit artwork to be made into blocks of a quilt to be displayed at the museum's grand opening in 2015. Artwork should relate to a theme of the Reach, including the Ice Age floods, Native American tribes, Lewis & Clark, White Bluffs settlers, transportation, the Grand Coulee Dam/ Columbia Basin Irrigation project, Hanford, manufacturing, energy, flora and fauna, tourism and recreation, environmental preservation and science, math, engineering and technology education or careers.
Artwork must be in a 10-inch square and can be submitted to the Reach office at 1766 Fowler St., Suite B, Richland. Deadline is May 25. For information, call 943-4100.
-- Postcards from the Reach photo project -- for students of any age. Submit photos to be used in a postcard series to be sold to raise money for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. Students may submit up to two images in a jpg or pdf file format that reflect any of the same themes as the quilt project. Photos also should include a description of no more than three sentences how the photo reflects the Reach and why the student submitted that photo.
Deadline is May 25. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought to the Reach office at 1766 Fowler St., Suite B, Richland, on a flash drive. Six images will be chosen. Winners will receive $50 and their photos will be featured on the Reach website.
-- Community service opportunity for high school students to make seed paper bookmark kits at the Reach office, 1766 Fowler St., Suite B, Richland. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday. Call Stephanie Button at 943-4100 to register. Pizza and soda will be provided.
-- Spring into Earth Month -- A free two-day camp for students ages 8 to 13, or in grades 3-6. Students will learn how to make plantable seed paper from post-consumer products featuring seeds from native wildflowers. From 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday: Register through Richland Parks & Recreation at 942-7529.
-- Fun Sized Science at Go Wild For Reading programs at the Pasco branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries. Help celebrate Earth Month with free crafts, games, stories and science. From 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. and from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday. No advance registration required.