June 14th is National Get Outdoors Day

This year will mark the 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), where participants from federal agencies, community groups and nonprofit organizations team up to encourage healthy outdoor fun at sites across the nation. The main goal of this community celebration is to reach the underserved populations, first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. National parks across the states will host information centers where guests can experience such activities as fishing, geocaching, learning to pitch a tent and finding out about healthy and sustainability living. To encourage outdoor activity throughout the summer, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events. So where can you celebrate GO Day and find events around town on June 14th? Take a look…

Fort Vancouver GO Day

The official GO Day event in Clark County, WA is at Fort Vancouver. This year the day will blend three events into one great day: Get Outdoors Day, NW National Park Family Day, and the Fort Vancouver Brigade Encampment. This unique experience will include over 50 booths with hands-on recreation activities such as climbing, fishing, dutch oven cooking, camping, hiking, orienteering, Frisbee golf, and archery. Since Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide fee-free day, the Fort will be open and free to the public all day. Activities will begin at 10:00 am and run till 3:00 pm.

Bike Safety Fair

Bring the whole family (and your bikes) to the bike safety fair hosted by the Hough School. The fair includes free bike safety inspections, maintenance, bike safety instruction, and a helmet fitting. This community service is made possible with the help by volunteers from Bike Clark County, Bad Monkey, Vancouver Police Bicycle Patrol, Legacy Trauma Nurse, and NOW Bike Patrol. If you have an old unused bike hanging around your garage, you can bring it to the donation station. All bike donations will be refurbished and donated back into the community. This events begins at 10:00 am  and runs to 1:00 pm.

Bark for Life

Bring your pooch down to Pacific Community Park for Bark for Life, a one mile noncompetitive dog walk that is raising funds for the American Cancer Society. If you are among the first 100 to register, your canine companion will get a bandana. Other activities include local vendor booths, canine contests, and demonstrations. The walk begins at 9:00 AM and costs $10.00 per dog for registration.

Got History? Visit the Museum Collection Open House!

museum_600Want to experience the rich history of Fort Vancouver like never before? The Museum Collection Open House Tours will satisfy the history itch that you just haven’t been able to scratch. Go behind the scenes of the curation facility, and get up close and personal with some of the two million archaeological and historic artifacts found in the area.

Each open house will give you a peek into a different aspect of frontier life, from dining to motherhood, from the Barracks at the turn of the Century to Slipware. There are five tours dates on the schedule for this year, and limited space for each tour. The tours will take place at 11am and repeat at 2pm. Admission to the Fort is $3 and covers the cost of the tour. Visit Fort Vancouver’s website for the schedule, to get more information and to register… don’t wait, scratch that itch!

Fort Vancouver Lantern Tours


Peek into the Past.

View Fort Vancouver in a different light…candlelight! Take a trip into the past and see what life was like at Fort Vancouver after dark on a lantern-lit journey with a Park Ranger through a night at Fort Vancouver.

“Experience live theater and take a lantern-lit journey with a Park Ranger. Peek into the past with costumed interpreters performing historical vignettes of a night at Fort Vancouver. Learn about your urban national park then and now while walking through the Fort’s buildings. Finish off your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented costume interpreters and park rangers!”

Each adult attending the program will carry their own candle lantern (the Fort provides these) and tour with a Park Ranger through the Counting House, Fur Store, Chief Factors House, Kitchen and/or Bake House as costumed interpreters perform live theater.

Upcoming Fort Vancouver Lantern Tours are November 2 and16, 2013; December 7 and 21, 2013; January 4 and 18, 2014; and February 1 and 16, 2014. Tours last approximately one and a half hours, and are best enjoyed by children 10 years old and up (you must be at least 15 to carry a lantern).  Cost is $10 for adults and $7 for kids under 15.

For more information visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site or call 360-816-6230.

Fort Vancouver Tales of the Engage


The Tales of the Engagé, a campfire program of stories and tall tales, gives visitors an opportunity to hear of the colorful life of the Engagés, the Canadian “engaged” or contract workers of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Representing a sizeable part of the work force of this British fur company, these men (and women) were trappers, blacksmiths, carpenters, herders, dairymen, and laborers. Their lives of adventure and hardship so different from the clerks and gentlemen, created a rich story-telling tradition.

Staff, who portray the Engagés, will share their adventurous tales and harrowing stories of fur trade survival. An evening of storytelling by the campfire brings the past to life in our modern day metropolitan area.

WHERE: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. 5th Street, Vancouver, WA, Just outside the reconstructed stockade walls

WHEN: Saturday, October 26th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

COST: Free

INFO: Call the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center at 360-816-6230.

Celebrate Pearson Field

Come join us on historic Pearson Field for the annual celebration of your local airport on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Pearson Airport, Vancouver, WA from noon to 4 pm.

Activities for you and your family to participate in such as:

  • Drawings for FREE airplane flights (Intro lesson courtesy of aero maintenance flight center. Must be present to win.)
  • Open cockpit of T28
  • View classic airplanes such as the AT6, Ryan PT22, and Cessna 170B
  • FREE Hot Dog Feed 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Radio Disney 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Prizes and much more…

For more information, visit Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: Aviation Education or call:

George Welsh: (360) 903-2886
Laureano Mier: (360) 992-1818