A kayak tour, landscape photography class and a Halloween-themed animal program are planned to mark National Wildlife Refuge Week on Oct. 12-18.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife is teaming with the Reach center, at 1943 Columbia Park Trail in Richland, for events related to the Hanford Reach National Monument.
-- Professional photographer John Clement will lead a field trip to photograph the fall landscapes of the monument. A class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 to be followed by the field trip from 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 17. Cost is $45. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Oct. 1 on the Reach website, www.visitthereach.org/tours.html.
-- A kayak tour from the Vernita Bridge rest area to the White Bluffs boat launch on the Columbia River is planned from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. Participants provide their own kayaks, and Fish and Wildlife will arrange a shuttle. Participants must have skills in maneuvering around boat traffic, and must register. Call park 509-546-8356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Myths and truths about bats, owls, spiders and other creatures found on the monument will be discussed from 6 to 8 p.m. at "Screech at The Reach: Halloween Animals of the Hanford Reach National Monument." Children's activities are planned and Blue Mountain Wildlife will bring owls. Cost is admission to the Reach center, but a canned food donation will take $2 off the fee.