Canoe and kayak paddling, archery shooting, camp cooking demonstrations, free fishing and more will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Water Resources Education Center as part of the third annual observance of National Get Outdoors Day.
The center is at 4600 S.E. Columbia Way.
Get Outdoors Day locally is a joint effort of Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, Portland Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and others.
“This is a free event packed with a variety of activities and ideas to help enjoy and explore the natural world that waits outside,’’ said Ken Sandusky, a spokesman for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Children attending the event need to be accompanied by an adult.
More information is available online at www.cityofvancouver.us/getoutdoorsday.
Merwin derby — The annual Mount St. Helens Kids Fishing Derby will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Merwin Reservoir.
About 1,500 trout will be stocked in a netted area at Merwin Park, 12 miles east of Woodland. Volunteers will provide fishing gear, bait and advice for young anglers.
Arts and crafts booths are planned, fish prints will be done on T-shirts and there will be a 40-foot inflatable salmon tent with storytellers inside.
Free Fishing Weekend — This is the annual Free Fishing Weekend in Washington and Oregon.
In Washington, no license is needed to fish in any open water nor will vehicle-use permits be required to park at water access sites of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
While no licenses are required, other rules such as season closures, size limits and bag limits will still be in effect.
In addition, all anglers will be required to complete a catch record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut they catch this weekend.
“The weekend is a great time to revive an old hobby or to introduce friends and family to fishing,’’ said Craig Burley, state fish division manager.
Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Park was stocked with 3,000 trout on Tuesday. Battle Ground Lake got 3,000 trout on Wednesday, said John Weinheimer, a biologist for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife
Rowland Lake, east of Bingen in Klickitat County, is being stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout today.
Bonneville Hatchery — Youth ages 2 to 12 will get a chance to learn about water safety, fish identification and other topics — then go fishing for trout — at the 18th annual Passport to Fishing day at Oregon’s Bonneville Hatchery on Saturday.
Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be no advanced registration.
Participating youth will visit multiple stations to learn about various environmental topics.
After getting their “passport’’ stamped at each station, the young anglers can venture to one of two areas at the facility stocked with rainbow trout.
Youth ages 2 to 5, get 10 minutes of fishing or two trout. Youth ages 6 to 12 get 20 minutes.
The hatchery is at exit 40 off Interstate 84 in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife provides the rods, reels, and bait, plus bags with ice to keep the catch fresh.
A year ago, the event attracted more than 1,100 youngsters.
This is the final “Passport’’ event as Oregon shifts to more localized family fishing activities.
Nearby Benson Lake will be stocked with 4,000 trou