Contact: Bev Walker, Educator, City of Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 360-487-7111 email@example.com
Celebrate the mighty sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems at the 17th annual Sturgeon Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way.
Each year, this free family event attracts hundreds to learn about this prehistoric fish, one of the oldest families of bony fish still alive. With the numbers of sturgeon in the Lower Columbia River currently on the decline, there’s never been a better time to celebrate and learn more about them. In addition to sturgeon-themed learning, the festival celebrates the ecosystems of the Columbia River by offering hands-on activities and information about recycling, composting, trees, watershed stewardship, water safety and much more.
The annual Sturgeon Festival offers a day of fun for kids of all ages! Beginning at 10:30 a.m., join the fun at the Creature Feature Reptile Show with its live snakes and other reptilian amazements. At noon, inquisitive minds will get a close-up view of sturgeon anatomy when biologists from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife perform a fish dissection. Eartha the Ecological Clown, assisted by Major, her friendly cockatoo, rounds up the celebration at 1:30 p.m. with a presentation about our planet, our diverse regional ecosystem and conservation of our vital natural resources.
This year’s Sturgeon Festival is also part of the 2013 STEM Fest, which is a three-day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Adults and youth of all ages are invited to participate in hands-on activities, expeditions, experiments and talks given by industry experts during STEM Fest. Learn more at www.stem-fest.com.
The Sturgeon Festival is hosted by the City of Vancouver, with participation by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. For more information or directions, please contact the Water Center at 360-487-7111 or visit the website at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter.
About the Water Resources Education Center
Overlooking the Columbia River, the City of Vancouver's Water Resources Education 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. The Water Center, a division of the City's Department of Public Works, is also caretaker of one 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. The center is part of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve.
The Water Center's general hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. From Interstate 5 or Interstate 205, take state Highway 14 to Exit 1. Turn south under the highway, then east at the Columbia Shores intersection onto Columbia Way and head east about 3 miles to the Center. More information is available at www.cityofvancouver.us/watercenter or by calling 360-487-7111.