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Event Category: Museum
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.
March: Love Your Earth – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Kids and families are invited to learn about reducing, reusing and recycling resources at two free events – the monthly Second Saturday event and a special Recycling 101 class for kids. Originally planned for February, the activities have been rescheduled to 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
- March Second Saturday: Families can discover new ways to reduce waste, use water wisely and treat our planet kindly. Explore energy and water conservation, learn how to prevent food waste and practice good composting habits.
- Recycling 101 for Kids: Join in this fun, interactive curbside recycling class. Kids and parents will discover what goes in ‘Big Blue’ and ‘Binnie’ through hands-on learning stations, games and kid-friendly presentations. Leave feeling confident about improving your household recycling habits. Bonus: FREE Swap! Bring a kid-appropriate clean, gently-used toy, book or game to exchange.
April: Critter Count (9 a.m.) | Amphibians & Reptiles (1 p.m.)
Celebrate Earth Month! On Saturday, April 13, discover the important roles amphibians and reptiles, also called herps, play in nature’s ecosystems.
May: Be a Scientist Day – Explore STEM Careers
Learn what it’s like to be a scientist in various and exciting fields, including engineering, wildlife biology, geology and more!
June: Get Outdoors Day
The Water 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 Saturday, June 8, at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 612 E Reserve Street, Vancouver, Washington.
July: Wildflowers and Pollinators
Come learn about insects, birds and mammals that pollinate crops and wild plants.
Take floating bubbles, add amusing activities, and mix well with kids. Presto! A Second Saturday sure to make you “bubble over with excitement!” Learn all about bubbles during this engaging event, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10.
September: Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show
This Second Saturday event is part of the annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show. Join us from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, 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.
October: Creatures of the Night
Join us for a spooky Second Saturday where we explore the fun and fascinating world of nocturnal animals, from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
November: Salmon, Lamprey & Sturgeon, Oh My!
Have you ever heard of ichthyology? It’s the branch of zoology associated with the study of fish! Discover more about our fishy friends including the salmon life cycle and sturgeon adaptations.
December: Fun with Geology – Dirt & Rocks
Did you know that World Mountain Day and World Soil Day are celebrated each year in December? Join us to learn why mountains matter and how you can be the solution to soil pollution.