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Inexpensive and Fun Things for Clark Students to Do Over Summer

Man conducting orchestra playing to an audience outdoors at the Esther Short Park
Six to Sunset Concert Series at Esther Short Park (Photo by City of Vancouver website)

Summer is just around the corner and students will soon be looking for activities to fill their free time. Ranging from free concerts in Esther Short Park, to walking along the waterfront or visiting local hiking trails, these 10 local activities all range from free to inexpensive. Enjoy these 10 fun summer activities this summer while saving that extra dollar.   

  1. Free movies at Endeavour Park: These movies are family friendly with closed captions available. The first movie, “Aquaman,” is showing on Friday, July 12, starting at 7 p.m.  Bring your snacks and enjoy some fun time this summer. The park is located at 2701 NE 4 Seasons Lane in Vancouver, right next to Endeavour Elementary School.


  1. Free concerts at Esther Short Park: The “Six to Sunset” concert series has been hosted by the Riverview Community Bank for 20 years. Although vendors will be selling food and non-alcoholic drinks, attendees are encouraged to bring their own food. Concerts are every Thursday from 6-8 p.m starting July 11, going until Aug. 15. The concert line up is available on the City of Vancouver website. The park is located at 605 Esther St.


  1.  Cougar Creek Trail: There are six miles of hiking, walking, biking and jogging paths The trail starts at Northwest 119th St. and ends at Northwest 11th Ave, connecting with the Salmon Creek Trail. More detailed information about the trails can be found on the WSU Vancouver website. v


  1. Hiking in the Columbia Gorge: Spend some time this summer hiking along paths like the Multnomah Falls Trail. Some of the trails in the area reopened in May after the Eagle Creek Fire swept through the area. The AllTrails website has up-to-date information about local trail conditions.


  1.  The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: One fun and free activity to do over the summer could be to spot the different type of birds located in the refuge. Located at 1071 S Hillhurst Road in Ridgefield, the refuge is open to the public for all ages. More detailed information can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website. The refuge is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  1.  Farmers Market: Visiting the Salmon Creek Farmers Market could be a fun way to spend time out and about with family or friends. The market is open on Tuesdays throughout the summer, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A little closer to home is the Vancouver Farmers Market located at 605 Esther St. in Vancouver, which is open on the weekends.


  1.   Summer celebrations at the waterfront: Haven’t seen the waterfront yet? Here’s your chance. This event is on July 5 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be live music earlier in the evening before a screening of “Mary Poppins Returns.” Admission is free, but there will be vendors selling food. Attendees are also invited to bring their own food to save money.


  1. The Vancouver Community Library: The library is a great way to pass the time if you want a quiet place to relax and take advantage of free air conditioning. The downtown library is located at 901 C St.  The library is open Monday through Thursday 9 a.m to 8 p.m and Friday through Sunday 10 a.m to 6 p.m.


  1. The Water Resources Education Center:  If you want something educational to do this summer, then this is the place to go. Bring along your siblings for a day full of educational fun. The center is located at 4600 SE Columbia Way. The center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.


  1.  Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: This is a fun place to go and learn about the history of Vancouver. The fort is located at 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. Fort Vancouver is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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