Families are invited to join the Water Center in wrapping up its 20th anniversary year with a special Second Saturday cup of hot cocoa and an afternoon of fables and lore by popular local storyteller, Will Hornyak. Hornyak will entertain and inspire all ages with stories about water and the natural world at this free event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. It’s free to attend! Bring your own mug or travel cup for your free hot cocoa.
December’s Second Saturday will focus on seasonal crafts and making gifts out of recycled materials along with learn experiences. Leap into a fascinating frog-tongue investigation or explore what it’s like to be a creature of the night. Investigate the properties of water with pennies and paper clips. Paint a holiday-themed rock to take home or hide for others to find, and post about it on the Vancouver Rocks facebook page.
Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center opened its doors in February 1996 in concert with the adjacent Marine Park Water Reclamation Facility. Since that time, more than 750,000 have passed through those doors to learn about water, explore wetlands, count critters, share Second Saturday activities, enjoy festivals, and attend important functions in the community room overlooking the Columbia River. The Water Center’s general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111.