Luckily for Richland locals the beautiful Hanford Reach is just north of town, providing a refuge for many protected plant and animal species. The refuge provides a home for many animals such as mule deer, coyotes, and bald eagles, to name only a few. One of the reasons the refuge is relatively untouched by human hands is surprisingly the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a nuclear power plant built during World War II and now shut down. Thanks to the high security around the plant the area remained relatively untouched, and has now become the sanctuary it is today.
Families are fortunate to send their children to Richland's excellent schools. The Richland school systems goes to great lengths to ensure that every child is prepared to get a great education. A good example of this is Richland's "All Children Exceeding Standards" program, which works to be sure that children enter school with the pre-academic and social skills they need to be successful learners. The schools in Richland also have special programs for students who achieve beyond what one would expect of their grade level. This ensures that no child's talents are left to atrophy.