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Discovery Center Offers Free Admission On Mother's Day

Enjoy exhibits, film festival, hands-on activities and more

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center invites the community for a day of free admission on Mother's Day, May 12.

Enjoy exhibits, Parkdale Film Festival entries, hands-on activities in the Kids Explorer Room, wildflower tours of the grounds, and a special native plant sale.

"This annual event is in appreciation for the support the local community provides to the Discovery Center throughout the year," said Executive Director Ken Karsmizki. "We hope people will come out, enjoy the exhibits, walk on the Riverfront Trail, and make a day of it. The wildflowers this time of year are spectacular."

The Discovery Center grounds are in full bloom. Resident native plant expert Barbara Robinson will lead wildflower tours of the grounds at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. through the handicapped accessible paved trails.

Take advantage of a native plant sale featuring seedlings from Milestone Nursery in Lyle, to enhance your own landscaping, while promoting soil and water conservation. Bike or hike down the Riverfront Trail from the Discovery Center trailhead.

The Parkdale Film Festival will be showing entries in the M.J. Murdock Theater throughout the day. The competition encourages local creativity in film. In addition, all exhibit areas will be open to the public free of charge, including Cargo: Equipment and Supplies of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and Lewis and Clark Landscapes by watercolor artist Gayle Weisfield.

Explore 10,000 years of Native American history and hear the stories of the people of Wasco County past and present.

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