Second Saturday at the Water Center

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Repeats every month on the second Saturday.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

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Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center are not only fun, they're free! Each second Saturday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m., kids and their families are invited to explore a different topic through hands-on activities, games and stories. Create bird feeders and other crafts to welcome wildlife to your backyard! Learn about the amazing world of bubbles! Make a piece of art from reused materials! There's always something new waiting at Second Saturdays!

Please note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Click here to watch a video highlighting February 2012's Second Saturday about interesting inventions.


January: Weather & “Vanport Flood” Exhibit
What do you know about weather and the Vanport flood of 1948? Join us for some weather fun – make different kinds of clouds, 3-D snowflakes and much more. All of these and more are important parts of why the Columbia River floods.

February: Rivers, Floods & Birthday Celebration for Water Center’s 20th Anniversary
Rivers, floods and birthday fun – oh, my! The Water Resources Education Center’s Second Saturday event will be ‘flooded’ with activity as families celebrate the 20th anniversary. Make a watershed and watch what happens when you change the flow of a river. Explore these and other hands-on activities. Click here for details and join the party from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Water Resources Education Center!

March: Oceans & Estuaries
Kids and families are invited to the Water Center’s March Second Saturday to learn about oceans and estuaries. Have you ever want to know more about animals that live in the ocean? Discover some interesting things these animals do to attract food and protect themselves. Enjoy fun, interactive activities!

April: Critter Count - Snakes, Lizards and ‘Gators Up Close
Celebrate Earth Month and explore the important roles reptiles and amphibians (herps) play in nature’s ecosystems. If you have ever thought about keeping herps as pets, find out which ones are good for beginners. Discover simple things you can do in your yard to attract and protect frogs and other wildlife.

May: Celebrate Public Works Week at Esther Short Park!
Help recognize Public Works Week by learning about and exploring some of the amazing things the City of Vancouver’s Public Works Department does in the community. The services provided by Public Works support our community’s everyday quality of life. Kids can engage in hands-on activities during this special May Second Saturday event that will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Esther Short Park, West Sixth and Columbia streets in downtown Vancouver. Come join the fun!

  • View the big vactor truck that vacuums debris out of stormwater catch basin drains to protect our waterways.
  • Get an operator’s view using a remote camera that travels inside pipes scouting for signs of trouble.
  • Visit the Water Wagon with fun water sampling for kids.
  • Get helpful garbage and recycling tips.

June: Get Outdoors Day
The Water Resources Education Center’s regular June Second Saturday will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities to help get you and your family outdoors! Attend National Get Outdoors Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1500 East 5th Street, Vancouver, Washington. Be sure to visit the Water Center’s booth at the event as you discover your gateway to the great outdoors.

July: Science in the Park at the Water Center
Everyone loves the annual ‘Science in the Park’ series, so join us in celebrating it during Second Saturday at the Water Center! Kids and families will have fun with some of the most popular and favorite ‘Science in the Park’ hands-on activities.

August: Reading in the Wild
We read, and your little ones explore! Join us for this reading adventure that connects fun stories with nature activities. Sit under a tree with us and listen to a story. Then roam around our garden and play with plants, rocks, water or critters in the dirt. 

September: Birds & Columbia Flyway
This Second Saturday event is part of the annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Join us for the wood carving show and various bird-related activities. Children can paint little wooden birds or color and learn about different types of birds. For more details about the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show and Competition, see

October: Llamas, dogs and birds…oh, my! Animals Who Serve
Kids and families are invited to join us at the Water Center to celebrate animals who serve our community. Enjoy Rojo the Therapy Llama, Reading to the Dogs, Parrots for Patriots and kid-friendly, hands-on activities.

November: Native American Heritage Month
Join us for the annual observance of Native American Heritage Month. November’s Second Saturday at the Water Center is a collaboration with the Vancouver native community to showcase native regalia, songs, dancing and activities.

December: 20 for 20! The Best of Second Saturdays
As the Water Center's 20th anniversary year celebration comes to a close, join us for a look back at some favorite memories, moments, and activities from the past 20 years.

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