Junior Ranger Day, which takes place every year during National Park Week in April, invites kids of all ages to take part in hands-on activities and earn their Junior Ranger badge! In 2016, Junior Ranger Day will take place on April 16.
Also on April 16, a special art exhibit will debut at Pearson Air Museum. Through a partnership between Art of Legacy, North Bank Artists, and the National Park Service, local students from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics and Thomas Jefferson Middle School have created screen prints based on artifacts in the Fort Vancouver museum collection. After a public opening celebration on April 16, the exhibit will be on display through the spring.
On May 21, Fort Vancouver will host its very first BioBlitz! At this event, visitors can learn about local species of pollinators, plants, and birds from a team of experts, and help the National Park Service document the flora and fauna of our national park.
The annual Children's Cultural Parade brings third graders from Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools to Fort Vancouver NHS to share their research projects on their family's heritage (or a culture in which they are interested), and celebrate our diverse community. In 2016, the Children's Cultural Parade will take place on May 27.
Fort Vancouver NHS hosts one of the nation's largest National Get Outdoors Day celebrations. Get Outdoors Day brings together representatives from public lands agencies and local businesses and nonprofits to celebrate healthy, active outdoor fun. This event coincides with our annual Brigade Encampment, which recreates the return of fur brigades to the Hudson's Bay Company's Fort Vancouver. Living History Volunteers share historic crafts, dances, music, and outdoor skills at this fun family event. In 2016, National Get Outdoors Day and the Brigade Encampment will take place on June 11.
Founder's Day celebrates the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service! On Saturday, August 27, join us for a day of fun centered around your local national park.
Campfires & Candlelight is our largest living history event of the year. This community event brings together hundreds of costumed National Park Service volunteers and local reenactment groups for a candlelit evening of history and culture. In 2016, Campfires & Candlelight will take place on September 10.
At Christmas at Fort Vancouver, visitors celebrate the holiday season 1840s-style! Caroling, wreath-making, and cultural and historic weapons demonstrations bring this event to life.