Choose your own nature adventure at the Family Nature Fest, a “hands-on, minds-on” festival happening at Columbia Springs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. At Family Nature Fest, you can compete in slug racing, find a pumpkin in the forest, meet reptiles and amphibians, make an exploding volcano, forage for fungi on a guided hike, and more.
Lots of local organizations—including Columbia Springs—are getting together to host activities like crafts, games, and science experiments. There will be activities by Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, Master Composter/Recyclers, the Mount St. Helens Institute, the Oregon Zoo, Stream Team, Waste Connections, and others. Plus, the Franz “Grilled Cheese Machine” will be handing out samples of organic sandwiches! YUM! The event is sponsored by iQ Credit Union and The Vancouver Clinic.
No registration is required for the Family Nature Fest! There’s a suggested donation of $5 per child to help support all the amazing community programs at Columbia Springs—but everyone is welcome, $5 or not. To view a complete schedule of the day’s activities, click here.
Columbia Springs is a nonprofit whose mission is to offer a unique setting where educational experiences foster greater awareness of the natural world, inspiring stewardship. It’s also a park within the city limits of Vancouver and is open to the public for free daily, from dawn to dusk. Columbia Springs maintains a protected natural area which contributes to the city’s total tree canopy cover, filters stormwater before it reaches the Columbia River, and provides habitat for resident and migratory wildlife. Last but not least, it’s an education center which offers events, programs, and workshops to teach people of all ages surprising, amazing things about nature.