Water Resources Education Center

Owls & Bats at the Water Center

Clark County’s Green Neighbors Program is celebrating its fifth anniversary from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The featured speaker is John Prucich, a wildlife biologist, conservationist and licensed falconer known as The Falconer. He will explain the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals and bring in live owls and other animals that hunt in the night. He will discuss their diets, ability to fly with barely a sound, and conservation efforts that can help ensure these animals have a future. Guests will learn what owls eat by comparing the bones, skulls and teeth found in owl pellets to charts and pictures. They will discover the less scary side of bats—heroes of the night that eat insects, spread seeds and pollinate plants.

Clark County’s Green Neighbors program helps citizens create a sustainable lifestyle. The program promotes green living through a variety of community events such as the Natural Garden Tour, Wastebusters, and the Recycled Arts Festival. To stay up to date on green tips and local events, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/newsletter-signup/modify.

Alpacas, Puppies & Parrots: Second Saturday 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.

Owls & Bats at the Water Center

Clark County’s Green Neighbors Program is celebrating its fifth anniversary from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided.

The featured speaker is John Prucich, a wildlife biologist, conservationist and licensed falconer known as The Falconer. He will explain the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals and bring in live owls and other animals that hunt in the night. He will discuss their diets, ability to fly with barely a sound, and conservation efforts that can help ensure these animals have a future. Guests will learn what owls eat by comparing the bones, skulls and teeth found in owl pellets to charts and pictures. They will discover the less scary side of bats—heroes of the night that eat insects, spread seeds and pollinate plants.

Clark County’s Green Neighbors program helps citizens create a sustainable lifestyle. The program promotes green living through a variety of community events such as the Natural Garden Tour, Wastebusters, and the Recycled Arts Festival. To stay up to date on green tips and local events, sign up for the Green Neighbors newsletter at http://clarkgreenneighbors.org/newsletter-signup/modify.

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.

Sturgeon Festival 2017: Raptors, Reptiles, Fish & More

What’s more than 175 million years old and lives on the bottom of the Columbia River? It’s the sturgeon, a species of fish that’s hardly changed at all since the earliest fossil record. This spectacular prehistoric fish will be showcased at the free, family-friendly Sturgeon Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Water Resources Education Center.

At 10:30 a.m., a sturgeon dissection will give inquisitive minds a close-up view of sturgeon anatomy, with help from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. Highlights for the 2017 Sturgeon Festival also include a live bird presentation by the Audubon Society of Portland at noon. Then, at 1:30 p.m., enjoy a captivating live reptile show presented by Steve’s Creature Feature. There’s a lot in store for families, including kids’ face painting, crafts and hands-on science activities. Be sure to check out the interactive macroinvertebrate investigation station. Learn about other native fish, recycling, trees, water safety, and the importance of our Columbia River ecosystem.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Water Center’s outdoor lawn and picnic area during the festival. The City of Vancouver’s Water Wagon will be on site to keep everyone hydrated throughout the event. In an effort to keep waste to a minimum, guests are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and pack lunches in reusable containers.

The Sturgeon Festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information and directions, contact the Water Center at 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter. The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver, just south of Hwy. 14.

Raptors, Reptiles & Prehistoric Fish: Sturgeon Fest ’17

What’s more than 175 million years old and lives on the bottom of the Columbia River? It’s the sturgeon, a species of fish that’s hardly changed at all since the earliest fossil record. This spectacular prehistoric fish will be showcased at the free, family-friendly Sturgeon Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Water Resources Education Center.

At 10:30 a.m., a sturgeon dissection will give inquisitive minds a close-up view of sturgeon anatomy, with help from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. Highlights for the 2017 Sturgeon Festival also include a live bird presentation by the Audubon Society of Portland at noon. Then, at 1:30 p.m., enjoy a captivating live reptile show presented by Steve’s Creature Feature. There’s a lot in store for families, including kids’ face painting, crafts and hands-on science activities. Be sure to check out the interactive macroinvertebrate investigation station. Learn about other native fish, recycling, trees, water safety, and the importance of our Columbia River ecosystem.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Water Center’s outdoor lawn and picnic area during the festival. The City of Vancouver’s Water Wagon will be on site to keep everyone hydrated throughout the event. In an effort to keep waste to a minimum, guests are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and pack lunches in reusable containers.

The Sturgeon Festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information and directions, contact the Water Center at 360-487-7111 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter. The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver, just south of Hwy. 14.

Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show

The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, during the 30th 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 Jerry Simchuk, who has been carving since 1993 and has won top honors in countless shows.

There will be many things to see and do over the weekend, such as the 2017 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, with winning entries on display through the month of September in the second floor gallery of Water Center. Decoys will be judged in the fountain pool on Saturday, and decoys will be traded on Sunday. There will be seminars and demonstrations and even a raffle for a beautiful hand-carved duck.

Families are encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 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.

Above image: Green-winged teal hen by Bog Chiavarini. See all of last year’s winners at http://columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com/

Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show

The public is invited to view intricately carved birds, fish and wildlife on display Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10, during the 30th 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 Jerry Simchuk, who has been carving since 1993 and has won top honors in countless shows.

There will be many things to see and do over the weekend, such as the 2017 Washington Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition, with winning entries on display through the month of September in the second floor gallery of Water Center. Decoys will be judged in the fountain pool on Saturday, and decoys will be traded on Sunday. There will be seminars and demonstrations and even a raffle for a beautiful hand-carved duck.

Families are encouraged to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 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.

Above image: Green-winged teal hen by Bog Chiavarini. See all of last year’s winners at http://columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com/

Second Saturday at the Water Center: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!

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. 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.

A Bubbly Second Saturday at the Water Center

Your kids will bubble over with excitement (and maybe you will, too!) during Second Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center, happening on Saturday, Aug. 12. This Saturday is all about bubbles, with plenty of blowing bubbles, floating bubbles, popping bubbles, and learning about what makes bubbles so wonderfully bubbly. Add plenty of amusing activities, mix well with kids, and presto! You’ve got an afternoon to remember.

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. 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.

“Reading in the Wild” Outdoor Story Time

Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center offers Reading in the Wild: a free outdoor story time series for kids ages three to six. Beginning Thursday, July 6, and continuing every Thursday through Sept. 21, you can bring your little ones to the Water Center from 10 to 11 a.m. for outdoor reading adventures that connect fun stories with nature activities.Water Center staff will read a story out loud while you and your children sit on a blanket on the grass or curl up under a tree. After the story, kids can roam around the Water Center garden to play with plants, rocks, water or critters in the dirt. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Water Resources Education Center is located in a beautiful facility overlooking the Columbia River, where there’s information, interactive displays, art, and family-friendly community activities designed to inspire visitors to become better stewards of local water resources. Admission is always free. The Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-487-7111.

Reading in the Wild

Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center offers Reading in the Wild: a free outdoor story time series for kids ages three to six. Beginning Thursday, July 6, and continuing every Thursday through Sept. 21, you can bring your little ones to the Water Center from 10 to 11 a.m. for outdoor reading adventures that connect fun stories with nature activities.Water Center staff will read a story out loud while you and your children sit on a blanket on the grass or curl up under a tree. After the story, kids can roam around the Water Center garden to play with plants, rocks, water or critters in the dirt. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Water Resources Education Center is located in a beautiful facility overlooking the Columbia River, where there’s information, interactive displays, art, and family-friendly community activities designed to inspire visitors to become better stewards of local water resources. Admission is always free. The Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call 360-487-7111.

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.

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.

World Water Day “Walk for Water”

Wednesday, March 22, is World Water Day, an annual global event established by the United Nations to promote sustainable practices in the realm of water and energy and to help the millions of people across the planet whose daily survival is determined by access to clean, safe drinking water. In a region where we have an abundance of freshwater, both to drink and as an energy source, it’s easy to forget that so many others lack this basic necessity. That’s why the Water Resources Education Center has organized the Walk for Water: to raise awareness about the need for drinkable water, both in the United States and other parts of the world.

This event invites you to experience what it would be like if you had to travel long distances on foot to find and carry water back to your family. Children and families are welcome to join this easy, stroller-friendly walk, which will be held rain or shine. Check in at the Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, any time from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 22 and join the walk. Participants won’t need to walk too far—just from the Water Center to the Columbia River and back—but everyone should dress for weather and bring a container to carry water. For more details, call 360-487-7111.

World Water Day “Walk for Water”

Wednesday, March 22, is World Water Day, an annual global event established by the United Nations to promote sustainable practices in the realm of water and energy and to help the millions of people across the planet whose daily survival is determined by access to clean, safe drinking water. In a region where we have an abundance of freshwater, both to drink and as an energy source, it’s easy to forget that so many others lack this basic necessity. That’s why the Water Resources Education Center has organized the Walk for Water: to raise awareness about the need for drinkable water, both in the United States and other parts of the world.

This event invites you to experience what it would be like if you had to travel long distances on foot to find and carry water back to your family. Children and families are welcome to join this easy, stroller-friendly walk, which will be held rain or shine. Check in at the Water Center, located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, any time from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 22 and join the walk. Participants won’t need to walk too far—just from the Water Center to the Columbia River and back—but everyone should dress for weather and bring a container to carry water. For more details, call 360-487-7111.

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.

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.

Cocoa & Storytelling at the Water Center

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.