Screech at the REACH


Screech at the REACH is our museum’s unique tradition for the Halloween season. Since 2014, the REACH Museum has partnered with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week in October with this fun community event. Expect to find a new appreciation for the “spooky” creatures that call the Mid-Columbia region home: spiders, owls, ravens, toads, bats, wolves, lamprey…and more!  

Screech at the REACH is an indoor/outdoor event that features a variety of local community organizations.  From “special animal guests” to hand-on crafts, scavenger hunts, and take-home activities, there is something for everyone!  Attendees will receive a Screech tote bag that they can bring with them as they explore the event.  While Screech is a mostly candy free event, participants will be able to fill their bags with fun educational items and take-home activities as they walk around the museum galleries and the REACH grounds.  Costumes of your favorite Hanford Reach creatures are highly encouraged – check out the Seasons of Wildlife at the Hanford Reach National Monument for some inspiration!

We are also bringing back our Screech after-hours activity:  our Night Hike!  Take a twilight tour of the REACH grounds with one of our Educators.  Explore the night with all your senses, look for stories in the stars, and learn all about the interesting ways that nocturnal (or nighttime) animals survive and thrive after the sun goes down.  Come prepared to use your deer ears, owl eyes, and fox walk.  The activity will include a short walk outdoors at night with a handful of activity stops and hopefully some stargazing, so wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes.  Feel free to bring a light for safety.

Sign ups will be open during the event ONLY between 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm.


Watch this space and our social media pages throughout October for fun Screech related posts, activities and updates.  

The REACH and U.S. Fish & Wildlife are always excited to include many local community organizations in the fun!   

To support our amazing education programs as well as the museum overall, we are always seeking donations so that we can continue to provide fun outreach events such as Screech to the community and beyond.

You can show your support via:

  • Direct donation HERE
  • Purchasing a REACH Membership HERE
  • Or shop our REACH store HERE
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Meet our 2022 Screech Partners

Learn more about each of our partners by clicking on their image below!

The River Mile Network
Tri-City Astronomy Club
Umatilla National Forest
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Obersvatory
Blue Mountain Land Trust
Northwest School of Falconry
National Park Service - Manhattan Project
Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges
US Fish & Wildlife Service: Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges
Tapteal Greenway
Yakama Nation Fisheries
Bug Guru - Science Educator
Between The Buns
New Creatioins Face Painting


Fun Activities & Crafts!

Click HERE to see our list of activities!


Explore the wonderful world of Halloween Creatures!

Click HERE to view the videos!