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Center Hosts Wildlife Walk

The Dalles Discovery Center will celebrate spring on April 6 with hike geared for families.

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will host an interpretive walk to celebrate the beginning of spring.

This hike, geared towards families, is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

The cost for the interpretive hike is $3 per person or $5 per family.

"When spring arrives at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and the surrounding area of the Taylor Lake wetlands, the entire landscape comes alive with wildflowers and wildlife," said Steve Rice, museum volunteer and hike leader. "The newly paved Lewis and Clark Riverfront Trail is an excellent place to hike, take a deep breath of spring air, and enjoy the outdoors."

The round-trip walk from the center to the Columbia River is almost two miles, with the return leg of the trip uphill.

During the hike, visitors can expect close encounters with clams, wild asparagus, mink and beaver sign, and much more. Also, this area is a nesting ground for a pair of osprey that have recently migrated back to Oregon.

Walkers will meet at the east end of the center's parking lot at 8:45 a.m. and set off down the trail at 9 a.m.

All ages are welcome, although pets need to be left at home.

There is easy access the whole route for wheelchairs and strollers, except for a deep stretch of beach sand at the Columbia shore.

Hikers need to dress for the weather and bring good walking shoes, umbrellas or hats for the sun or rain, and their own water.

For more information contact Jen Dickson at (541) 296-8600, ext. 204.

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