Special Events and Visiting Exhibits

A celebration of culture, song & dance


Celebrate Native American Heritage Month as Vancouver’s native community shares traditions and culture
Monday, October 24 • 6:30 p.m.
Proclamation: Native American Indian Cultural Heritage Month

Join the native community and supporters at this annual recognition of indigenous people.
Vancouver City Council Chambers, www.cityofvancouver.us/citycouncil

Friday, November 4 • 5 to 10 p.m. | FREE
Educating for the 7th Generation: Celebrating Indigenous Cultures Pow Wow

This evening of music, dance and community highlights traditions and customs that practice living in harmony with all things so that the seventh generation of years to come enjoys Earth’s gifts as we do today. Learn about contemporary culture at information and native arts and craft booths.
Clark College, Gaiser Hall Student Center, diversity@clark.edu

Saturday, November 12 • 1 to 4 p.m. | FREE
Native Runway: A Celebration of Regalia, Culture and Song

November’s Second Saturday adds an extra hour to celebrate the Water Resources Education Center’s 20th anniversary and showcase native communities. Once again, dancers will walk down the red runway in native regalia - clothing and adornment unique to each dancer. They will share their personal stories and invite the audience to join in a friendship dance. This year, families can also:

  • Hear about First Peoples of Oregon and Washington
  • View a 30-foot Chinook cedar canoe, called Itsxut
  • Listen to stories of recent Canoe Journeys
  • Play native games of chance
  • Paint feathers and try other activities

Water Resources Education Center, cory.samia@cityofvancouver.us


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

Each year, the City of Vancouver hosts a variety of volunteer opportunities to celebrate the spirit of giving back to the community. 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. We typically provide tools and gloves, but ask that participants wear long pants and closed toed shoes. This is always a family-friendly event, but we ask that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All ages and abilities welcome!

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