Education

The Tapteal Greenway’s educational efforts reach students of all ages. Our earliest educational outreach efforts worked with “at risk youth” in partnership with Columbia Industries and the Volunteer Center. We also offered night hikes through the Richland Community School and “Hikes for Tykes” directly to daycare and pre-school providers, and through Richland Parks and Recreation.

K-12 outreach includes in-class formal presentations, as well as field exploration regarding water quality, bird and mammals, and riparian and shrub steppe ecosystems. We service both the public and private sector and can accommodate large school groups accompanied by adult supervision.

During the last 22 years, the Tapteal Greenway has reached more than 15,000 students ages 2-71 with interactive, hands-on exploration of the Yakima River and its environment. We also offer a slideshow about the Greenway for interested clubs and service organizations.

Tapteal has also been a sponsoring partner for the Salmon in the Classroom program put on by the Benton Conservation District. In 2005 Tapteal funded the entire transportation cost to get the students to the Salmon Summit.

A major outreach and education effort is with local schools and their STEM activities. We have a collection of pelts, skulls, and other display items that are excellent for environmental education both in the field and in the classroom.

Our annual Wildlands Walk is open to all who can manage a 1.5 mile walk with frequent stops at education stations. Check the Tapteal Greenway calendar in the month of April for the next walk.

If you would like a presentation about our organization, a boy/girl scout group activity, a church group field trip, a classroom visit or field trips please contact us at taptealgreenway@gmail.com.