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Appreciation Party at Pearson

Historic Pearson Field will "Celebrate Pearson Field" on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from noon to 4:00PM. The annual celebration will 'take-off' at Pearson Field (located at 201-A East Reserve Street) and is hosted by Fort Vancouver National Trust, City of Vancouver and Pearson Field Advocates for General Aviation. There is no admission fee for this event and it's scheduled to have fun-filled activities for the entire family, including:

Vintage Base Ball Returns to Fort Vancouver

You will think you have stepped back in time as the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will once again host its popular evening of 1860s vintage base ball at 6:00 pm on Saturday, July 25, 2015, on the national park's historic Parade Ground. This event is a fun, free, and fantastic opportunity to experience "base ball" (then two words) at its infancy, with costumed players and supporters, a brass band concert, and a mountain howitzer firing to start the game.

Sweetheart Dance Benefits Fort Vancouver

The 2016 Sweetheart Dance, sponsored by the Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 7 pm to 10 pm at Pearson Air Museum, located at 1115 E. Fifth Street, Vancouver.The Sweetheart Dance is reminiscent of the USO dances of the 1940s. Participants are encouraged (though not required) to wear period costumes and Class "A" uniforms, to take a step back in time and enjoy the evening. Beacock's Swing Band, founded over a decade ago by Vancouver musician Dale Beacock and conducted by Cary Pederson, will perform dance music from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Romance by Lantern Light

"Lantern Tour: Walking Vancouver Barracks" enjoys the special theme this month of 'Romance at Vancouver Barracks.' The ranger-led program will walk visitors through the grounds of Vancouver Barracks by lantern light, connecting attendees to the national park's military history through thematic storytelling. The upcoming tour is scheduled for Saturday, February 13, 2016."These new additions to our Lantern Tour Series give visitors the opportunity to join a smaller, personal tour at a reduced price-point, through the heart of Vancouver Barracks," said Greg Shine, Chief Ranger and Historian, "and connect to the stories, people, events, and landscape of the national park's military era."

BioBlitz at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Are you ready to unleash your inner geek and become a citizen scientist for a day? Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) will be hosting a Centennial BioBlitz - a treasure hunt to discover living organi - May 20 and 21, 2016. National park rangers, accompanied by local scientists, will lead volunteers of all ages and backgrounds as citizen scientists for a day. Teams will develop a "snapshot" of biological information in the park by counting and identifying plant and animal species using the iNaturalist app, cameras, and field guides.

Summer’s End Promenade at Fort Vancouver

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will present the annual Summer's End Promenade on Saturday, September 24, 2016, between 1 pm and 3 pm, as part of the national park's celebration of National Public Lands Day. Volunteers of all ages will be attired in a range of period clothing illustrating 110 years of history represented at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Vancouver National Historic Reserve. They will stroll down Officers' Row and along the national park's historic Parade Ground, stopping at the Grant House and its veranda.

Opening Reception for New Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters

The public is invited to an open house from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the new Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters building on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site campus. After a welcome from the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service there will be guided tours showcasing the building's rehabilitation. The new office is located at 987 McClellan Rd. in Vancouver, Washington.

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