Special Events and Visiting Exhibits

Oregon Black Pioneers' panel showing Vanport Flood


Vanport & Columbia River Flood Exhibit, Jan. 9 though June 30, 2016

The Water Resources Education Center will launch its 20th year in Vancouver with a special Vanport Flood Exhibit opening, Saturday, Jan. 9. Highlights of the exhibit include key panels from the Oregon Black Pioneer’s “Community on the Move” exhibit describing the 1948 Vanport Flood as seen in photo), the Portland and Vancouver World War II shipyards and those who worked there. Those panels are on loan to the City’s Water Center from the Oregon Black Pioneers and are expected to remain on display through June 2016. In addition, the new Water Center exhibit will include panels developed by the Clark County Historical Museum showing historical regional floods and the great Missoula floods of pre-history.

At its height, Vanport housed 40,000 residents, home to the workers in shipyards here and their families. The lessons of the 1948 flood and its devastation on a community are still important today. 

The opening of the exhibit coincides with the coming anniversary of 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. Admission to the exhibit opening and the overall Water Center is free.


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

On Monday, Jan. 18, the City of Vancouver will host a variety of volunteer opportunities to celebrate the spirit of giving back to the community. Join us at the Water Center for a Beach Cleanup from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Please wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Gloves and tools provided. Please click here for more details. All ages and abilities welcome!

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?

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