Education Programs

Summer Science Learning Experience

Each week throughout the summer one or more programs are offered at Rocky Reach. Taught by visitor center staff, these classes are tailored for the grade school scientist. Classes are 60 minutes.

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

The Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is a three-day natural resource education 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, located at the mouth of scenic Icicle Canyon near Leavenworth, Washington.

An exciting menu of hands-on activities and "edutainment" gives visitors a unique opportunity to discover and appreciate the complexities of the natural world and the significance of salmon to people of the Northwest. Students from schools throughout North Central Washington visit the festival during the two special school days. On Saturday and Sunday the event attracts thousands of visitors from the Northwest. For more information, visit the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival website.

River of Power (Grade 4)

Chelan PUD helped develop an exciting curriculum for schools in North Central Washington. The "River of Power" program is part of the curriculum at elementary schools in Wenatchee, Eastmont, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Entiat, Chelan and Manson school districts, as well as some private schools in the area. The Wenatchee School District and Chelan PUD worked together to create the program. Information about power generation, the Columbia River and migrating salmon is integrated into math and social studies classes. The program culminates each year with more than 1,000 fourth-graders coming to Rocky Reach Dam to learn about hydropower, dams and Columbia River history.