Special Events and Visiting Exhibits

"Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge" by Lynda Raven Brake

The Water Center works with its community partners to provide opportunities for special events and exhibits that are designed to teach us how to be better stewards of our natural resources. Such events are designed with the whole family in mind and feature hands-on learning fun.


Southwest Washington Watercolor Society Art Exhibit
June 2 – July 31, 2015

The Southwest Washington Watercolor Society presents a selection of paintings with an emphasis on beautiful wildlife in and around water settings in our community. Artwork like this heron, entitled "Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge" and painted by Lynda Raven Brake, will be on display. The show will be available for public viewing at the Water Resources Education Center from June 2 to July 31.

Southwest Washington Watercolor Society is an organization founded in 1979 for artists working in watercolor and other water-media. The organization includes 150 artists that participate in local, national and international exhibits, have received national awards and published works in books, magazines and on the internet.

“Art in the Community” is a vital part of our mission to exhibit watercolor art in public places and create an interest in our community for water-media art. All work presented will be from “juried” artists who have attained this rank within our organization by a selection process. Other shows are held in April and October at Gallery 360 at the Slocum House at Esther Short Park.

For any additional information regarding SWWS and its artists, please contact swwswatercolor.org@gmail.com or visit our website at www.swwswatercolor.org

Annual Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Day On, Not a Day Off
Third Monday in January

The Water Center celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, observed on the third Monday of January, by hosting a volunteer event. Volunteers often help clean the beach, remove non-native plants (like ivy) or plant new native shrubs or bushes. This is always a family-friendly event, but we ask that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

World Water Day: Walk for Water
March 22

Join us in observing World Water Day with a ‘Walk for Water’ at the Water Resources Education Center. With this family friendly walk, the Water Center hopes to raise awareness of the need for drinkable water in the United States and other parts of the world. Southwest Washington is fortunate to have a healthy supply of good, clean water. How would your family manage if you had to carry water for your home use?

Walk for Water image - filling water jugs
Walk for Water image - group walking on trail
Walk for Water image - girl pulling cart
Volunteers removing ivy
Volunteers cleaning the beach
Volunteers cleaning the wetland