Slither, crawl or hop to the Water Center’s Critter Count and Shows Saturday, April 8

Press Release Date:
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Critter Count participants discover a newt

Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 8, when Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center celebrates its 17th annual Critter Count by seeking and exploring a variety of critters. It starts Saturday morning, with the annual counting of critters in their natural habitat. A live show with snakes, lizards and other reptiles follows in the afternoon at the Water Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. Join in one or both events:

CRITTER COUNT (9 a.m. - noon) – The Water Center invites the public to help with field surveys of amphibians and reptiles. Critter Count begins at 9 a.m. with a brief training session conducted by a wildlife biologist. Participants will get a quick overview of the identification of local frogs, snakes, salamanders, lizards, and other amphibians and reptiles, then venture out to one of four sites to find and record critters in their natural habitat. A wildlife expert and a site coordinator will be on hand at each location to help.

Participants must provide their own transportation to field sites. For a great experience, please come equipped with boots, warm clothes, a lunch and, if possible, binoculars. Training, field guidebooks, equipment, snacks, and water will be provided. All ages are welcome to participate, but children must be accompanied throughout the count by adults. At least one adult chaperone is required for every three students in grades 3-8. For younger ages, please have one adult chaperone per child.

Frogs and other amphibians are extremely sensitive to water quality and changing environmental conditions. Keeping track of the numbers provides a better understanding of the challenges they are facing, and data gathered during Critter Count is available to management agencies.

SECOND SATURDAY (1-3 p.m.) – Critter fun continues in the afternoon at the Water Center, where visitors have an opportunity to get a close view of snakes, lizards and other reptiles. The Water Center welcomes Creature Feature with two live critter shows, starting at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. Learn fascinating facts about reptiles and the challenges in bringing them into your home as pets. Find out how you can be a “herp hero” with simple actions that protect water and critters. Families are especially encouraged to join in this Earth month celebration. Note: Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is free!

Critter Count is a partnership of the City of Vancouver’s Water Resources Education Center; US Fish and Wildlife, Ridgefield; Columbia Springs; CASEE Center, a program of the Battle Ground School District; and the Northwest Ecological Research Institute. 

For additional information about Critter Count and the Critter Shows on Saturday, April 8, please call 360-487-7111 or click here to visit the Critter Count page on the Water Center's website. You can also learn about other events on the website at

Press Release Issued: March 30, 2017
Contact Info: Cory Samia, Water Resources Education Center, 360-487-7111,