River Ramble

Come join us at Rocky Reach for a fun, interactive, cultural event! From 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, we’ll learn how wildlife and plants have created traditions that have been passed down from the vibrant peoples who once thrived along our rivers.

We’ll welcome Native American educators for hands-on learning about Native American customs and the PUD’s stewardship of local wildlife and habitat.

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FUN, free sessions will include:

  • Interactive tipi setup: Pitch in to raise a traditional tipi.
  • Native American Traditional Dancing: Enjoy live drumming and dancing and learn about the meanings behind traditional dances.
  • Reptile Man: Learn about wild reptiles and the importance of all animals in the balance of nature. (Thursday Night Only)
  • Meet the Wenatchi: View historic photos of the area and learn more about the Wenatchi tribe.
  • Native American Plants and Trade Items: Learn about the historical importance of plants and trade items. Arts and Crafts available for purchase.
  • Flint Napping and Atlatl: Watch a live demonstration of this ancient hunting technique.
  • Native American tribal sports: Enjoy some of the oldest sports, based on the traditions of fishing, hunting and forests.
  • Native American tribal games: Fun activities involving skill and chance to play alone or with friends. Games can be recreated at home with simple materials.
  • Native American traditional skills: Learn how northwest indigenous people made tools and household items out of natural materials. Try your hand at making one yourself.
  • Wild About Wildlife: This hands-on, interactive, all-ages program introduces four of our backyard wildlife “neighbors,” as we discover their roles in local ecology.
  • Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board: Learn about the lifecycle of salmon through interactive games and crafts.

Please call Rocky Reach Visitor Center at (509) 663-7522 for more information.