Water Resources Education Center

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.

Cocoa & Storytelling at the Water Center

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.

Native American Heritage Celebration at the Water Center

The Water Resources Education Center and the North Bank’s Native American community will showcase regalia, song, dance and other activities at a special joint Second Saturday event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Water Center. This free, family-friendly event, held in honor of Native American Heritage Month, will begin with a Chinook blessing, followed by traditional music and song. The highlight of the day will be the runway show, where guests can get an up-close look at the distinctive regalia (clothing and adornment) meaningful to each dancer and dance. The native dancers will share their personal stories and invite the entire audience to participate in a friendship dance. Celebrate the day with cake after the runway presentation.

This year, kids and families will also have the opportunity to hear about the Urban Native Community Network; view a 30-foot Chinook cedar canoe called Itsxut (bear); listen to stories of recent Canoe Journeys; play native games of skill and chance; paint feathers and enjoy other hands-on activities.

For more than a decade, the Water Center has observed Native American Heritage month in November by offering free activities that celebrate and recognize the countless contributions of Native Americans to our culture and society. The event also features kids’ crafts and activities and light refreshments. Visitors can also enjoy displays featuring information about the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, as well as exhibits of native beadwork and basketry.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, just south of Highway 14. Every second Saturday of the month, the Water Center hosts a free, family-friendly day with educational activities, crafts, displays and shows designed especially for kids and their families. To learn more about the Water Center, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call Cory Samia at 360-487-7111.

Native American Heritage Celebration

The Water Resources Education Center and the North Bank’s Native American community will showcase regalia, song, dance and other activities at a special joint Second Saturday event from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Water Center. This free, family-friendly event, held in honor of Native American Heritage Month, will begin with a Chinook blessing, followed by traditional music and song. The highlight of the day will be the runway show, where guests can get an up-close look at the distinctive regalia (clothing and adornment) meaningful to each dancer and dance. The native dancers will share their personal stories and invite the entire audience to participate in a friendship dance. Celebrate the day with cake after the runway presentation.

This year, kids and families will also have the opportunity to hear about the Urban Native Community Network; view a 30-foot Chinook cedar canoe called Itsxut (bear); listen to stories of recent Canoe Journeys; play native games of skill and chance; paint feathers and enjoy other hands-on activities.

For more than a decade, the Water Center has observed Native American Heritage month in November by offering free activities that celebrate and recognize the countless contributions of Native Americans to our culture and society. The event also features kids’ crafts and activities and light refreshments. Visitors can also enjoy displays featuring information about the Cathlapotle Plankhouse at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, as well as exhibits of native beadwork and basketry.

The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, just south of Highway 14. Every second Saturday of the month, the Water Center hosts a free, family-friendly day with educational activities, crafts, displays and shows designed especially for kids and their families. To learn more about the Water Center, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call Cory Samia at 360-487-7111.

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.

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.

“Reading in the Wild” Outdoor Storytime

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 14, and continuing every Thursday through the end of August, 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

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.

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.

Volcano Views & Brews: Regional Flooding

In honor of the Water Resources Education Center‘s 20th birthday, the next installment of Volcano Views & Brews will be held at the Water Center at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. This event commemorates not only the Water Resouces Education Center’s last 20 years of education and stewardship, but also remembers the historic flood of 1996 that occurred mere weeks before the Water Center’s opening. Attendees are encouraged to come early at 5 p.m. to view the Vanport and Columbia River floods exhibit on the first floor of the Water Center. Food and beverages (both non-alcoholic and beer) will be available for purchase.

Professor Scott Burns of Portland State University will talk about our region’s history of flooding, focusing on the Missoula Floods, the 1948 Vanport flood, and the most recent severe flood of 1996. Burns will relate how the Portland-Vancouver area has been shaped by many floods over several million years. The majority of the landforms were formed in a series of 40 floods that brought water into the area at velocities over 50 mph and shaped the area. Major erosional valleys, pendant bars of sediments, and deposits owe their origin to these floods, which are some of the greatest geological happenings in North America’s history.

There’s a $5 suggested donation to offset costs. All ages are welcome. The Water Resources Education Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way in Vancouver. To learn more, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/publicworks/page/water-resources-education-center.

Water Center 20th Birthday Celebration

Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games, and birthday cupcake treats (YES PLEASE!) while supplies last. Eartha the Ecological Clown will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Admission (as always) is free. While you’re there, you can learn more about the fascinating history of Columbia River Basin floods—in fact, the Water Center opened its doors just weeks after the Columbia crested at a whopping 27 feet above normal, inundating many homes and businesses along the river.

The Water Center and its many programs play a key role in increasing awareness about vital natural resources as visitors of all ages 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. Watch for special events throughout 2016 commemorating the Water Resources Education Center’s 20th anniversary, including the return of the gala “Splash!” evening with “Splash! Back 20” this spring. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111.

 

Happy 20th Birthday, Water Center!

We love our water here on the North Bank: rivers, lakes and streams to swim, boat, and fish in, plenty of water from the sky to make things green, and pure drinking water from our taps. The Water Resources Education Center, which opened 20 years ago in February 1996, is part of the network of organizations that help keep this natural resource flowing. Drop by with your kids from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, to help the Water Center celebrate its 20th birthday with a special Second Saturday event.

Enjoy hands-on activities, water science games, and birthday cupcake treats (YES PLEASE!) while supplies last. Eartha the Ecological Clown will provide extra fun for kids with face-painting and educational activities. Admission (as always) is free. While you’re there, you can learn more about the fascinating history of Columbia River Basin floods—in fact, the Water Center opened its doors just weeks after the Columbia crested at a whopping 27 feet above normal, inundating many homes and businesses along the river.

The Water Center and its many programs play a key role in increasing awareness about vital natural resources as visitors of all ages 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. Watch for special events throughout 2016 commemorating the Water Resources Education Center’s 20th anniversary, including the return of the gala “Splash!” evening with “Splash! Back 20” this spring. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111.

Vanport Flood Exhibit at Water Center

The Water Resources Education Center will launch its 20th year in Vancouver with a special exhibit about the 1948 Vanport Flood. You’re invited to attend the exhibit’s opening ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. Vanport (also called Vanport City or Kaiserville) was located between Portland city limits (at the time) and the Columbia River, where Delta Park and the Portland International Raceway are now located. Vanport was built to house the workers at the wartime Kaiser Shipyards, and was home to about 40,000 people, about 40% of whom were black.

The event features opening remarks by Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt at 11:45 a.m., followed at noon by guest speakers, Vanport historian Milo Reed and Portland Community College Professor James S. Harrison. Guests can also see Oregon Black Pioneer’s “Community on the Move” exhibit describing the flood, the shipyards, and those who worked there. Videos capturing survivors’ oral histories will follow in the Garden Classroom on the Water Center’s main floor. You can also find out about the February 1996 floods, when the Columbia River rose to within a few feet of the Water Center just days before the center’s official opening. Light refreshments will be available.

Saturday, Jan. 9, is also Second Saturday at the Water Center, with kid-friendly activities from 1 to 3 p.m. focusing on a different theme each month. This month’s theme is weather. Admission to Saturday’s exhibit opening and the overall Water Center is free. For more information on events and exhibits, as well as directions to the Water Center, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or call 360-487-7111. The Water Center is located at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.