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.
Please note that the first floor of the Water Resources Education Center's Exhibit Area, including Puddles Place, will be CLOSED from Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24. Please still come visit us and enjoy a selection of beautiful watercolor paintings on the second floor, explore the natural outdoor areas or walk along the nearby Waterfront Renaissance Trail.
Wednesdays, July 8 – Aug. 12
Science in the Park, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is a special learning treat awaiting families who enjoy Vancouver's summertime Noon Concert Series, at Esther Short Park. Kids can explore what different scientists do each week!
June 2 – July 31, 2015
The Southwest Washington Watercolor Society presents a selection of paintings with an emphasis on beautiful wildlife in and around water settings in our community. The show will be available for public viewing at the Water Resources Education Center from June 2 to July 31.
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.