Wanapum Dam Video Tour
This video provides a tour of Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River, with details about how it was constructed, how it is operated to generate electricity, provide fish passage, and recreation opportunities.
To enhance your children's learning experience, we've provided worksheets that can be filled out while watching the video.
We believe it is vital to educate future generations of leaders in Grant County about the topics of electrical and water safety, the system that generates and delivers electricity, and how to be good stewards of the environment we share with fish and wildlife. That’s why we participate in several educational programs and activities for children of all ages so they can have a better understanding of Grant PUD’s role in their world and how the choices they make can have a lasting impact on not only them but generations to come.
Each spring, fifth graders around Grant County visit Big Bend Community College for Solar Races and Energy Science Days. The event, which is presented in partnership with several area businesses and organizations, focuses on renewable energy sources including hydropower, solar and wind energy. Students enjoy hands-on experiences with one of the highlights including the opportunity to build and race solar-powered cars.
Throughout the summer, Grant PUD visits local libraries throughout the county as part of the North Central Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program. The program shows how the naturally-occurring water cycle allows power companies like Grant PUD to generate electricity while also teaching about how power is delivered to customers throughout Grant County.
Grant PUD is proud to be a partner with the Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE) on their Hydropower and Stem Career Academy. The Foundation provides a weeklong career exploration opportunity for high school students. During the academy, students learn from industry leaders and discover hydro industry careers all while earning college credit.
SALMON IN THE CLASSROOM
Follow the lifecycle of a Chinook salmon as it makes its way to the ocean and back.
The Columbia River is legendary for producing salmon. Salmon are called “anadromous fish,” because they migrate from fresh water to the ocean where they mature and then return to fresh water to spawn the next generation. Learn what Grant PUD is doing to help salmon as they journey to the ocean as young fry and return as mature adults to spawn the next generation of salmon.