Education Programs

Summer Science Learning Experience

Throughout the summer, our visitor center staff offer a variety of educational programs throughout the county. These classes are tailored for the grade school scientist and generally run in between1 to 2 hours.

Museum of the Columbia

We invite you to one of the most exciting and innovative interpretive museums in the West, the Rocky Reach Museum of the Columbia, located on the fourth floor of the Rocky Reach Dam powerhouse. It shows the West as it really was—settlers and Native Americans, steam boaters, lumbermen, railroaders in life-size photos. Stand inches away from a historical tramway reconstructed from original parts. Bring history alive by downloading our walking guide.

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival

”Salmon Fest” is a three-day event held each fall to celebrate the return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. The festival is held on the grounds of the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

Hands-on activities and "edutainment" gives visitors a unique opportunity to discover the complexities of the natural world and the significance of salmon to people of the Northwest. For more information, visit the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival website.

River of Power (Grade 4)

Chelan PUD helped to develop this exciting curriculum that integrates information on power generation, the Columbia River, and salmon migration into students’ math and social science classes. The curriculum is currently used at elementary schools in Wenatchee, Eastmont, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Entiat, Chelan and Manson school districts, as well as some private schools in the area. River of Power culminates each year with more than 1,000 fourth-graders coming to Rocky Reach Dam to see hydropower in action.