Alpacas, Puppies & Parrots at the Water Center

October’s Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center is going to the birds, dogs, and a friendly alpaca! Families are invited to recognize and celebrate animals who serve in our community from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. Meet several lovable puppies from the Guiding Eyes of Clark County, a guide dog, puppy-raising club. From 1 to 2 p.m., take a selfie with Napoleon, the therapy alpaca, sharing smiles wherever he goes. Kids can read to furry friends as part of Columbia River Pet Partners‘ “Reading to the Dogs” program.

The Water Center also welcomes Parrots for Patriots, which will display several colorful birds and provide information on how their organization helps pair veterans with available companion parrots. There will also be a variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities.

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are always free. The Water Center is located along the Columbia River at 4600 SE Columbia Way. The Water Center offers exhibits, events and educational programs designed to teach us all how to be excellent stewards of water resources and how to use water wisely. It is also caretaker of one of the metropolitan area’s few remaining natural Columbia River riparian areas, nearly 50 protected acres of adjacent wetlands providing feeding, nesting and resting habitat for more than 120 species of fish and wildlife. Visit the Water Center online at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111 for more information.

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