Sturgeon Festival

Calendar Date:
Saturday, September 17, 2016 -
10:00am to 3:30pm

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Sturgeon Festival 2016 Banner

Join us for our annual celebration of Columbia River Ecosystems. Every year, the Water Resources Education Center recognizes sturgeon and Columbia River ecosystems with a community festival on the third Saturday in September. This free, fun family event offers a variety of opportunities for the entire family to learn about fish and other animals in and around the Columbia River. Enjoy the breath-taking birds of prey show and amazing live reptile show. Budding young scientists will especially interested in the fish dissections. Kids of all ages will be entertained and informed by the colorful Eartha the Ecological Clown. The Sturgeon Festival is a partnership event with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

2016 Rocks! Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Sturgeon Festival

  • 10:30 a.m. – Live Birds of Prey Show, presented by Pacific Northwest Falconry School
  • 11:20 a.m. – Eartha the Ecological Clown
  • 12:30 p.m. – Fish Dissection, presented by WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
  • 2:00 p.m. – Live Reptile Show, presented by Creature Feature

New #SturgeonFestRocks

Paint a Rock! Find a Rock!

Find a painted Sturgeon Festival rock with the hashtag #SturgeonFestRocks, and bring it to Sturgeon Festival at the Water Resources Education Center on Saturday, Sept. 17, for a little treat or prize*. You’re invited to display your rock in the Water Center’s Sturgeon Rock Garden.

Find a special Sturgeon Festival golden rock sporting our #SturgeonFestRocks? Congratulations! You have found one of only 20 special 20th Anniversary Sturgeon Festival rocks. Bring that golden rock to Sturgeon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, and exchange if for a special prize. Then, add this golden rock to the Water Center’s Sturgeon Rock Garden.

Design and paint two rocks of your own and include #SturgeonFestRocks. Bring one to Sturgeon Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, to display it in our Sturgeon Rock Garden and get a special treat and a small prize*. Hide your other painted rock somewhere in your Vancouver/Clark County neighborhood for others to find.

Share your awesome sturgeon rock! Take a photo with your found or painted rock marked with #SturgeonFestRocks, and post it on our Facebook page Or share it on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the special hashtag of #SturgeonFestRocks. Please note that City of Vancouver Public Works ( also may share your rocking photo with others.

*One treat/prize per person, please, so there’s enough for everyone. Available on a first come/first served basis.

Please remember: Look for and place rocks in public places in the Vancouver/Clark County area. Be courteous and respectful of private property. The Vancouver "Rocks!” Facebook page provides background for this community activity. And, as always, be safe and responsible when rock hunting or hiding. Have fun!

Questions? Email Brooke Porter, Outreach Coordinator. Thanks!

Watch videos from three previous Sturgeon Festival celebrations. Great video footage of the birds of prey and live critter shows!

For more information: call 360.487-7111 or e-mail

Stream restoration activity
Micro-invertebrates through a microscope
Sturgeon on display
Hands-on Activity
Fish Activity
Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Creature Feature
Eartha the Ecological Clown
Group gathered near sturgeon tank
Water Resources Education Center
4600 SE Columbia Way
Vancouver, WA 98661