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Discovery Center Hosts Annual Appreciation Day

Fifth anniversary celebration to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday

As part of the fifth anniversary celebration at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, a Columbia Gorge Community Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Appreciation Day will coincide with the opening of the exhibit "Animals As Architects," an interactive exhibit on loan from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Kids' activities will be built around animal habitats and will include crafts, story telling, movies, and a game of pinata at noon and 2 p.m.

Center interpreters will provide educational programs such as fish print crafts and interactive story telling in the salmon tent. In addition, horse drawn wagon rides will be given throughout the day.

"This is a perfect time for families to enjoy our world-class center," said Jen Dickson, Americorps education assistant at the center. "The entire day will be filled with a variety of programs all geared towards family fun."

The Living History Park will feature Gary VanOrman (a.k.a. Mr. Garrett V. Branch), talking about his adventures in the Oregon Territory and Native American Artisans will share their skills through demonstrations taking place in the River Gallery. Ed Edmo, a traditional story teller will share his unique talents at 2 p.m.

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