Second Saturday

Critter Count & Reptile Shows

On Saturday, April 8, the Water Resources Education Center will celebrates its 17th annual Critter Count by turning kids and families into honorary field biologists from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by two live critter shows. Start by counting critters in their natural habitat. Then, see more critters up close at two shows featuring snakes, lizards, and other reptiles at the Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.

The Critter Count is just what it sounds like: volunteers in the field helping biologists conduct a survey of amphibians and reptiles. Critter Count begins at 9 a.m. with a brief training session for a quick overview of the identification of frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards and other local amphibians and reptiles. Next, participants and biologists will venture out into the field to find and record these animals in their natural habitat. Participants should provide their own transportation to field sites, wear boots and warm clothes, and bring a lunch and binoculars. Training, field guidebooks, equipment, snacks and water will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, and children must be accompanied by adults.

Critter fun continues at the Water Center at 1 p.m., when visitors have an opportunity to view snakes, lizards and other reptiles up close. Steve’s Creature Feature will offer two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Learn fascinating facts about reptiles and the challenges in bringing them into your home as pets. Find out how you can be a “herp hero” with simple actions that protect water and critters. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

Second Saturday at the Water Center: Love Your Backyard Birds!

February is the perfect month to show love to the birds which visit your back yard every day (and may even nest there). It’s also the perfect time to get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count, happening from Friday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 20. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that encourages bird watchers to tally the number of birds seen and create a real-time snapshot of their locations. Meanwhile, Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center is a great way for kids (and their parents!) to learn about Northwest birds through engaging, interactive activities.

The Water Center’s Second Saturday series is an fun, free way for kids and their families to explore a different topic each month through hands-on activities, games and stories. This month, everyone will build a bird feeder to take home and entice more beautiful birds into your back yard. Each second Saturday lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. There’s no admission charge and no RSVP necessary.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. For more information about the services and programs provided by the Water Center—which is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Works program—visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center.

Love Your Backyard Birds!

February is the perfect month to show love to the birds which visit your back yard every day (and may even nest there). It’s also the perfect time to get ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count, happening from Friday, Feb. 17, through Monday, Feb. 20. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that encourages bird watchers to tally the number of birds seen and create a real-time snapshot of their locations. Meanwhile, Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center is a great way for kids (and their parents!) to learn about Northwest birds through engaging, interactive activities.

The Water Center’s Second Saturday series is an fun, free way for kids and their families to explore a different topic each month through hands-on activities, games and stories. This month, everyone will build a bird feeder to take home and entice more beautiful birds into your back yard. Each second Saturday lasts from 1 to 3 p.m. There’s no admission charge and no RSVP necessary.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. For more information about the services and programs provided by the Water Center—which is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Works program—visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center.

Second Saturday at the Water Center: Roll On Columbia!

The Water Resources Education Center is kicking off 2017 with a tribute to the watershed we call home—the mighty Columbia River Watershed. Have you ever wondered how big our watershed is and how it was formed, or what animals call the Columbia River home? How do humans depend on the watershed? Uncover answers to these questions and more with games, science experiments, and crafts during this family-friendly afternoon of discovery and exploration on Saturday, Jan. 21.

This is part of the Water Center’s Second Saturday series. You may have noticed that this Second Saturday is actually on the third Saturday of the month, but that’s because it was postponed due to snowy, icy road conditions. However, this event will feature all the same fun and activities! The hours remain the same—1 to 3 p.m.—and, as always, there’s no admission charge and no RSVP necessary.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. For more information about the services and programs provided by the Water Center—which is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Works program—visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center.

Second Saturday Water Center: Roll On Columbia!

The Water Resources Education Center is kicking off 2017 with a tribute to the watershed we call home—the mighty Columbia River Watershed. Have you ever wondered how big our watershed is and how it was formed, or what animals call the Columbia River home? How do humans depend on the watershed? Uncover answers to these questions and more with games, science experiments, and crafts during this family-friendly afternoon of discovery and exploration on Saturday, Jan. 21.

This is part of the Water Center’s Second Saturday series. You may have noticed that this Second Saturday is actually on the third Saturday of the month, but that’s because it was postponed due to snowy, icy road conditions. However, this event will feature all the same fun and activities! The hours remain the same—1 to 3 p.m.—and, as always, there’s no admission charge and no RSVP necessary.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. For more information about the services and programs provided by the Water Center—which is part of the City of Vancouver’s Public Works program—visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center.

Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show

The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11 during the 29th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Northwest Championship at the Water Resources Education Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday

This premier wildlife carving show and competition attracts more than 90 wildlife artists from across the United States and Canada. The featured artist at this year’s event is Ted Smith, who has been carving for 32 years and just started entering competitions within the past five years. Several of his grebes have won best of show and other awards.

There will be many things to see and do over the weekend, such as the 2015 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, with winning entries on display through the month of September in the second floor gallery of Water Center. Mini wood duck decoys will be judged in the fountain pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and mini green-winged teal drake decoys will be traded at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be seminars and demonstrations, such as Joe Girtner’s presentation about the importance of research and habitat when carving (9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday) and Dale Barret’s talk about how creating specialized tools can help achieve realistic fish carvings (10 a.m. to noon on Sunday).

Families are encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, when the Water Center presents a special Second Saturday activity for kids: the chance to paint little wooden birds or feathers of their own while learning about different bird species. For more information, see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111. For more details about the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show, see www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.

Critter Count

On Saturday, April 9, the Water Resources Education Center will celebrates its 16th annual Critter Count with critter counting, critter watching, and two critter shows. Start by counting critters in their natural habitat. Then, see more critters up close at a live show with snakes, lizards and other reptiles at the Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.

The Critter Count is just what it sounds like: volunteers in the field helping biologists conduct a survey of amphibians and reptiles. Critter Count begins at 9 a.m. with a brief training session for a quick overview of the identification of frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards and other local amphibians and reptiles. Next, participants and biologists will venture out into the field to find and record these animals in their natural habitat. Participants should provide their own transportation to field sites, wear boots and warm clothes, and bring a lunch and binoculars. Training, field guidebooks, equipment, snacks and water will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, and children must be accompanied by adults.

April 9 is also Second Saturday at the Water Center, which features free family fun centered on a natural theme. This month, the critter fun continues at 1 p.m., when visitors have an opportunity to view snakes, lizards and other reptiles up close at two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Learn about all sorts of reptiles—some that you could find in your own backyard and some that are more unusual. Admission is free! For morel information, call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.

Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show

The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13 during the 28th annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Northwest Championship at the Water Resources Education Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday

This premier wildlife carving show and competition attracts more than 90 wildlife artists from across the United States and Canada. On Sunday afternoon, many entries will be digitally exhibited on a large screen as part of the Virtual Digital Decorative Life-size Carving Competition. This allows artists and carvers from across the country—competitors who would otherwise be unable to attend—to enter the competition.

There will be many other things to see and do during the event, such as the 2015 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, with winning entries on display through the month of September in the second floor gallery of Water Center. Mini wood duck decoys will be judged in the fountain pool from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and mini redhead drake decoys will be traded at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be seminars and demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday, with artists Doug Harrison (9 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 12, discussing burning techniques and acrylic washes) and Jerry Harris 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 13, focusing on airbrushing and sealing).

Families are encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, when the Water Center presents a special Second Saturday activity for kids: the chance to paint little wooden birds or feathers of their own while learning about different bird species. For more information, see www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111. For more details about the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show, see www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.

2nd Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center: Public Works

It’s Public Works Week at the Water Resources Education Center, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, you and your family can find out everything you ever wanted to know about what the city’s public works department does to keep our city clean, beautiful, and liveable.

Kids and families are invited to explore some of the amazing things the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department does for you. The 2015 National Public Works Week theme, Community Begins Here, recognizes that public works departments are a vital part of what makes communities and neighborhoods around the North Bank the places that we want to call home. Public works services supports everyday quality of life with services like city pipe inspection, garbage and recycling, land surveys, and water quality testing. Learn more about all these things with demonstrations, tips, and a family wetlands walk at the Water Resources Education Center, during its free Second Saturday event.

On the second Saturday of every month, families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories at the Water Center, located at 4600 NE Columbia Way in Vancouver. For more details, including a schedule of Second Saturday events, click here.

2nd Saturday at the Water Center

It’s Public Works Week at the Water Resources Education Center, and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, you and your family can find out everything you ever wanted to know about what the city’s public works department does to keep our city clean, beautiful, and liveable.

Kids and families are invited to explore some of the amazing things the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department does for you. The 2015 National Public Works Week theme, Community Begins Here, recognizes that public works departments are a vital part of what makes communities and neighborhoods around the North Bank the places that we want to call home. Public works services supports everyday quality of life with services like city pipe inspection, garbage and recycling, land surveys, and water quality testing. Learn more about all these things with demonstrations, tips, and a family wetlands walk at the Water Resources Education Center, during its free Second Saturday event.

On the second Saturday of every month, families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories at the Water Center, located at 4600 NE Columbia Way in Vancouver. For more details, including a schedule of Second Saturday events, click here.

Second Saturday at Water Resources Education Center: “Plants & Pollinators”

It’s the sisterhood of the traveling plants this Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center, when the topic of Second Saturday’s family-friendly event will be “Plants and Pollinators.” Learn how plants can “travel” from place to place, how pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and moths help plants “move,” and how you can be a pollinator, too! Come prepared to get your hands dirty with a hands-on education that’s so much fun you won’t even know you’re learning new things.

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are free, kid-centric activities where families can explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games, and stories. They happen on the second Saturday of each month, year-round, and participants get to do things like making bird feeders to welcome wildlife into your back yard, learning about bubbles, or creating art from reused materials. To learn more, click here.

Second Saturday: Plants & Pollinators

It’s the sisterhood of the traveling plants this Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Water Resources Education Center, when the topic of Second Saturday’s family-friendly event will be “Plants and Pollinators.” Learn how plants can “travel” from place to place, how pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and moths help plants “move,” and how you can be a pollinator, too! Come prepared to get your hands dirty with a hands-on education that’s so much fun you won’t even know you’re learning new things.

Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are free, kid-centric activities where families can explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games, and stories. They happen on the second Saturday of each month, year-round, and participants get to do things like making bird feeders to welcome wildlife into your back yard, learning about bubbles, or creating art from reused materials.

Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center is part of the Columbia River Renaissance project, encouraging residents to rediscover our waterfront and re-establish the historic connection with the Columbia River. The beautifully designed Water Center boosts awareness about where our water comes from, how we use it, and how to protect this vital natural resource. To learn more, click here.

Second Saturday: Celebrate Public Works

Clean water, clean neighborhoods, efficient streets and flourishing trees are some of the many ways Vancouver Public Works is helping to create a vibrant tomorrow. National Public Works Week is May 18 to 24—but Vancouver is getting a head start with a celebration at the Water Resources Education Center's Second Saturday event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

This special Second Saturday recognizes the many services and programs that Public Works provides to the community. Bring your kids to see the big "vactor truck" that vacuums debris out of stormwater catch basin drains. Get an operator's view through a remote camera that travels inside pipes to scout for signs of trouble. Learn how fire hydrants operate. Enjoy other activities, including wetlands walks, recycling tips, and a tour of the Marine Park Wastewater Treatment facility.

For more information about the Water Center and this Second Saturday event, call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter. For more about Vancouver Public Works, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks.

Critter Count

Leaping lizards! It's almost time for Critter Count at the Water Resources Education Center, when you and your kids can help with amphibian and reptile field surveys. Critter Count begins with a brief training session at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 12, at the water center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. Participants will then head out to designated sites to find and count frogs, snakes, and lizards. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by adults.

Critter Count is an important step in the continual monitoring of population trends of frogs, lizards, snakes, newts, salamanders, and other delightful creepy-crawlies. The information gathered by volunteers is entered into a statewide database, Nature Mapping, maintained by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and University of Washington.

Wear boots and warm clothes, pack a lunch, and bring binoculars (if you have them). Snacks, drinks, and other equipment will be provided. The Critter Count is over at 1 p.m., but stick around to see even more animals with two live shows by Brad's World Reptiles: one show at 1 p.m. and another at 2:15 p.m. Admission is free. Call 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter for more information.