At the Outdoor Learning Center in Spokane Valley, volunteer Chris Hatten, 14, holds a barn owl named Willie during an open house at the center July 22. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
If you have not had a chance to visit one of the open houses at the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, you still have three chances left. The center usually caters to school children and educators and is rarely open to the public. It houses birds of prey that cannot go back to the wild as well as snakes and turtles. There is also a trout pond. The open houses promise to be a fun and interesting few hours for anyone interested in animals.
The next open house is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last two open houses are set for Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. Both are also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The suggested donation is $3, but no one will be turned away if they can't pay. The center is located at 8706 E. Upriver Drive.