Rocky Reach Discovery Center

We're updating this community treasure

The Discovery Center at Rocky Reach Dam has amazed and amused our Wenatchee Valley neighbors, and visitors from around the globe, since the 1960s. Hard to believe, but very little has changed there since it opened -- when gas cost 30 cents a gallon and phones hung on the wall.

You’re invited to buckle your seatbelt and blast off with us on a journey to a 21st century learning experience. Changes coming over the next 18 months will make sure this community treasure continues to provide lasting value for the next 50 years.

Here’s what’s coming:

• Expanded and updated exhibits in the Discovery Center

• Big new windows in fish viewing

• Hands-on displays and exciting new ways to experience the Columbia River

Spring 2021: Grand re-opening

During construction, there still will be many of the popular education programs including Summer Science and River Ramble. Some will be held in Rocky Reach Park, which will stay open, and in other Chelan PUD parks. 

Join us in celebrating our past and embracing the Discovery Center’s future
Visit now, follow the progress of our journey to the future on this page, and get ready to party in spring 2021 at our grand re-opening. Stay tuned for more information!



Rocky Reach Discovery Center is located on the west side of Rocky Reach Dam, easily accessible from Highway 97A, and offers ample parking for guests, including recreational vehicles and buses.


Address
5000 State Hwy 97A
Wenatchee, WA 98801
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Hours
The Discovery Center, Museum of the Columbia, and Rocky Reach Park are currently closed.

Rocky Reach Park will reopen on April 1, 2020 and Close on Sept. 30, 2020

For information about upcoming events, group tours, weddings in our pergola, and reservation questions, please call (509) 663-7522.

 Online shelter reservations are required and are taken on a first come, first served, basis.

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Events

Hydropower and STEM Career Academy

The FWEE Hydropower and STEM Career Academy can help you make the best choice for what your future might hold.  You’ll explore the physics of producing hydropower, race solar cars and fly your own drone. These are part of STEM challenges that include meeting and doing hands-on activities with mechanical and electrical engineers, plant mechanics and operators, divers, and linemen. As the week unfolds, career options and educational pathways that may inspire you to pursue a four year college, community college and/or an apprenticeship program will be revealed. These are exciting careers available in the communities you call home.  College advisors and mentors will also be on hand to identify the prerequisites and academic achievement needed to pursue these and related careers. The goal is to help you connect what’s going on in the classroom with possible careers in very direct, meaningful ways.  This offering comes from industry and educational professionals from around the Northwest. Their desire to engage with you is best described with the phrase “pay it forward,” an expression describing someone who benefited from a good deed and wishes to repay it to others. Each of your instructors has a story, often with twists and turns, about finding a career that brings them joy every day. Could their story be yours?