Welcome to the Water Center!
Whether exploring our Website or visiting our beautiful facility overlooking the Columbia River in Vancouver, you'll find a world of information designed to inspire us to become better stewards of our water resources. Teaching people of all ages how to wisely use this important, life-giving natural resource is what Vancouver's Water Resources Education Center is all about.
Celebrate Critters on Saturday, April 11
9 a.m. to noon | Begin at the Water Resources Education Center
Celebrate Earth Day at the 15th Annual Critter Count by counting frogs, snakes and other herps around Clark County. Train with a wildlife biologist at 9 a.m.; then go with experts to local sites to find and record critters. Please dress for the weather; all children must be accompanied by an adult.
1 & 2:15 p.m. | Second Saturday at the Water Center
Brad’s World Reptiles presents two live critter shows. See snakes, lizards and other reptiles up close! Discover more about amphibians and reptiles, and learn how to be a "Herp Hero."
See and Do at the Water CenterInside and outside, the Water Center is brimming with things for visitors of all ages to do and see. Enjoy interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, aquaria swimming with fish, toddler-friendly Puddles Place, environmental artwork, natural gardens, wildlife-friendly wetlands and more!
What's Happening at the Water CenterWhen you visit the Water Center, you'll experience a variety of exhibits, events and interactive educational programs designed to teach us how to be better stewards. Our events are designed with the whole family in mind and feature hands-on learning fun.
Educators/StudentsEach year, the Water Resources Education Center provides a new focus and a myriad of related hands-on activities for its education offerings. Whether it's school field trips for pre-kindergartners to grade 12, outreach opportunities, group visits or watershed monitoring service, these programs are a great way to introduce or further knowledge of the natural resources and world around us.
Fantastic Facility - About the Water CenterVancouver’s Water Resources Education Center opened its doors in February 1996, in concert with an innovative and advanced Marine Park Water Reclamation Facility nearby. The Water Center plays a key role in boosting awareness about water and welcoming visitors to this unique location along the Columbia River.