Sturgeon Festival Showcases Nature

Festivities at Vancouver Water Education Center

You’re invited to celebrate Columbia River ecosystems with breathtaking birds, remarkable reptiles and spectacular sturgeon, showcased at the 23rd annual Sturgeon Festival, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Water Resources Education Center on the grounds of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.

Sturgeon is a family of fish that has been in existence more than 100 million years. Activities for the festival will also bring the return of The Falconer for a live bird show, featuring a variety of raptors. Later in the day, a riveting live reptile show is presented by Steve’s Creature Feature. Other live, native fish species will be on display, including baby salmon and lamprey.

There’s a lot in store for families, including hands-on crafts and science activities. Participants will learn about recycling, trees, water safety, and the importance of and actions you can take to protect our Columbia River ecosystem.