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Last Saturday of the Month

Family Nature Days

Family nature days are currently on hiatus due to covid-19

What do a salmon scale and a tree ring have in common? What critters live in our wetland? Explore these questions and more at Columbia Springs’ Family Nature Days! Start at our Visitor Center for maps, information, and activities. Choose your own adventure around our forests from there with volunteer-led activities, games, and Guided Walks! Donations accepted.

Family Nature Events

Dates & Times

Winter Nature Days

Visitor Center
12:00 to 2:00 PM

January 25th
February 29th
March 28th
April 25th

Family Nature Days

Throughout our forest
11:00 to 2:00 PM

May 30th
June 27th
July 25th
August 29th

Family Nature Festival

10:00 to 2:00 PM

October 31th

Family Nature Days

Event Sponsors




Family Nature Days
What are Family Nature Days?
They are an exploration of the natural world – right here in town! Family Nature Days aim to be a free event to get local families outside because being outside is good for our health and for our sense of community.
Upon arrival, stop by our Visitor Center to learn about the activities happening. From there, you can join a Guided Walk, explore our Lending Library or walk around Heron Loop Trail to find activities throughout the forest!
What is the difference between a Winter Nature Day and a Family Nature Day?

Winter Nature Days are smaller events where one or two volunteers will keep the Visitor Center open and have on-going activities or Guided Walks happening between 12:00 p.m and 2:00 p.m.

Family Nature Days will have more activities that are spread out around our site, not just in our Visitor Center!

When are Family Nature Days?

Family Nature Days occur on the last Saturday of the month, May to August, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Our largest event of the season, Family Nature Festival, with more spooky activities from our volunteers and partners will occur on Halloween, October 31st, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

What is the cost to attend?

These events are free thanks to our generous sponsors! We do encourage donations at the event. As a nonprofit, we strive to keep our fees as low as possible, but we need your support to help cover our costs. Please give what you can to help us maintain these events!

If you won’t be able to attend but would like to donate in support of this event, please click here!

Where are Family Nature Days?

Family Nature Days happens at Columbia Springs, which is a 100-acre park, historic fish hatchery, and outdoor education center.

It is located at 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver, WA, 98368. Free parking is available.

Are the activities indoors or outdoors?

Both; some activities and presentations will be in buildings or under cover, but lots of the activities (such as the guided walks) will be outdoors. This is an event that celebrates nature, after all!

What should we wear and bring?

Dress appropriately to spend some time indoors, and some time outdoors; “layers” of clothing work best! A waterproof jacket is a good idea if rain is in the forecast. Good quality, closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.

We recommend bringing a water bottle. We have water fountains for you to fill up at.

Will the event be cancelled if it rains?

Of course not! Just dress accordingly. And often we find that we see more critters out and about when it rains, so it’s not always a bad thing.

In the unlikely event that there is severe weather forecasted, we will make a decision by 5 p.m. on the day before the event. Cancellation information will be posted on our Facebook page and our website.

Is your site stroller and wheelchair friendly?

Somewhat; while the area around the hatchery, our classroom, and some of the activities will be accessible, our nature trails are unpaved.

You will be able to enjoy the majority of the activities with limited mobility.

What ages is this event appropriate for?

All ages! While most of the activities are designed with elementary-aged children in mind, adults and little ones are encouraged to participate! In fact, we often hear from adults that they learned just as much and had fun!

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Interested in becoming a sponsors or volunteer for one of our events or are you looking for other ways to get involved?

Contact our Events & Communications Coordinator.