Second Saturday at the Water Center

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Repeats every month on the second Saturday.
Saturday, December 12, 2015 -
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: Stormy Water
Where does the rain go? Kids will have fun learning about where all that stormy water goes after a rainy thunderstorm. Find out ways you can help fish and other animals that live in local streams.

February: Love Your Trees
February is a great month to show your love for trees! Trees are special - even those that have lost their leaves for the winter. Enjoy making various crafts from different parts of a tree. Kids and families are invited to join the fun and learn more while appreciating trees.

March: The World's Wacky Weather
For March’s Second Saturday event, celebrate World Water Day while exploring cloud formations, hurricanes and other wacky weather around our globe. Families will enjoy fun, interactive activities while learning all about water.

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. Families are invited to view real critters – see a variety of unusual snakes, lizards and other cold blooded critters during two live critter shows presented by Brad's World Reptiles. Learn about fascinating creatures that slither, crawl and climb during shows at 1 p.m. and again 2:15 p.m. 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: Public Works Week
Kids and families are invited to celebrate Public Works Week. Learn about and 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 services supports our community’s everyday quality of life. Activities include:
     - City Pipe Inspection
     - Garbage & Recycling Tips
     - Survey Demonstrations
     - Water Quality Testing
     - Wetland Walks

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 Sat., June 13, 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. Explore what different scientists do!

August: Rivers
Kids can get their hands dirty while learning about local rivers and streams with fun and creative activities.

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: Gardens
Everyone loves to explore and play in the garden! Kids and families are invited to join us at the Water Center to learn about eco-friendly gardens. Kids can creative with fruits, vegetables and various seeds. Also learn how to use water wisely in your garden.

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. Learn about regalia - clothing and adornment unique to each dancer - as participants walk down the red runway. Watch a dance performance and listen to music and song. Join us in painting feathers and making various crafts. Enjoy light refreshments.

December: Summer in Winter
Do you often think about summer sun and heat during the wintertime? Remember some of the fun you had during the summer, like blowing bubbles and playing with pinwheels? Come to the Water Center and enjoy ‘summer’ fun in December! Kids can explore their creativity and enjoy many hands-on activities.

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