2016 Conference Field Sessions

Thursday October 13th

Badger Mountain Hike, Wine, Dine:

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (optional extension available to winery)

Hike Badger Mountain followed by wine tasting and dining at Bookwalter Winery in Richland. Meet 3:00 p.m. at Trailhead Park, 525 Queensgate Dr., Richland, WA 99352. The hike will take approximately 1.25 hours. Then it’s on to Bookwalter where hikers can order with special pricing for this event.


(photo courtesy Scott Fischer)

During the hike, participants will hear stories of the Friends of Badger Mountain’s successful volunteer effort to preserve 648 acres of Badger and to build and maintain four trails. Special Badger features are its sage habitat, Ice Age Floods markers and views of the Cascade Range. The leader will also describe FoBM’s vision to create a contiguous 20-mile trail connecting across four local ridges and its recent success preserving 196 acres of Candy Mountain, the next ridge to the west.

Everyone is welcome on the hike (wear sturdy shoes and bring water.) Sign- up by October 12 with Sharon Grant at sharon@friendsofbadger.org. Wine and dinner are optional and at your own cost.

Bookwalter Winery is located at 84 Tulip Lane in Richland.

Bike Ride — Lewis & Clark and Area Early History:

2:00 – 4:00 pm, Meet in hotel lobby

The bike ride will leave from the conference hotel and travel 11 miles round-trip along the Columbia River on the Sacagawea Heritage Trail.

pasco-wa-sacagawea-trailThe ride will stop at points of interest along the way including:  early agricultural history of the region; a quote from William Clark that marks the furthest point north the party traveled on the Columbia; a description of wildlife in the region; a “purple heart” from native plants; a statue of Sacagawea with a quote from Meriwether Lewis; and a description of early settler history in the area.   The ride will take about two hours.

Bike rentals will be available from the hotel @ $15.00 for two hours.  You can contact David Spaulding at Liberation Bike Shop, 509.820.3047 or david@bikeliberation.com to reserve your bike.

Please contact Dave Bryant at dwbryant53@frontier.com if you planning on going on this tour.


Friday October 14th

Urban Greenbelt Trail Walk:

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Meet in hotel lobby

Local history buffs will lead this excursion on Richland’s Urban Greenbelt Trail (UGT), a 3.2-mile city trail that traverses Richland’s central business district, alternating between parks and city streets.


Although the walk is accessible to all to do on their own, Parks and Recreation volunteers regularly lead local history walks on the trail pointing out features that recall the city’s World War II history as one of the three atomic cities of the Manhattan Project.

Contact Nancy Doran at nhdoran@charter.net to reserve your spot or to get more information


Sunday October 16th

Yakima River Kayak Trip:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The Tapteal Greenway Association will lead a kayak trip down a portion of the Tapteal Water Trail on the Yakima River after the conference on Sunday, October 16th, at 9:00am.  The Tapteal Water Trail is a 30-mile section of the Yakima between Benton City and its confluence with the Columbia River in Richland.  This trip will cover about 9 miles of the trail.

The group will put-into the river at Snively Landing and will take-outtapteal-water-trail at Tapteal Bend.  Both of these locations are within Richland near the conference hotel.  The trip will last about 3 hours.

Light snacks will be provided and a shuttle service coordinated by the Tapteal Greenway.  Costs for participation are $10 per person if using their own kayak, $50 per person if renting; and pre-event sign-up is required.

Contact Adam Fyall at Adam.Fyall@co.benton.wa.us to make reservations.

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