Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society
Over 300 species of birds call this wetland home
A place to learn, explore and enjoy
The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society (KCDCS) is gearing up for a great 2019 season. Our school programs get students out in the wetland (our outdoor classroom extraordinaire) doing hands-on learning that is fun and interactive and showcases the amazing diversity that we have here. All of the school wetland excursion programs this year will also look at the impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife and ecosystems and what we can all do to make a difference in the fight against plastic pollution. Want to book your class or send a teacher our way? Go here! Programs are booking fast!
We will have three new voyageur canoes this year and we are excited to get people out in the wetland exploring the sites and sound of this amazing place! The old green canoes, circa 1974, lived a good long life and needed to retire! The new canoes are made by Hellman Canoe and Hay Barn Canoe Company and are from the same mould used in Canada’s 1967 centennial celebration. So, there is a little piece of history to enjoy there! Tours are offered daily when open.
The Discovery Centre officially opens for the season on May 13th. We are also offering programming during the 7th Annual Creston Valley Bird Festival, taking place May 10-13. For more information or to book a program during this amazing festival, vist the CV Bird Festival website.
The Jr Naturalist summer nature camps for ages 6-13 will run in July and August this year (spots are already being booked, so get in touch to reserve one for your budding Naturalist). Nature movies nights, sunrise and sunset paddles, Family Fun Days, Hot Days of Summer and much more are coming to the wetland near you this spring and summer! Check out the detailed 2019 Program Guide!
The wetland is coming alive with the sights and sounds of spring. Spring is in the air as migrants stop off to rest and feed and summer residents arrive and set up to rear their young. One of our local osprey pairs returned to their nest on April 15th and are already repairing winter damage and getting the nest ready for use! We hope to see you out there too - exploring, getting muddy, using your binoculars, breathing fresh air and generally having more fun that you know how to handle.
If you have any questions on programming and events or about KCDCS, please reach out. You can touch base via email or (250) 402 6905 (year round) or (250) 402 8661 (direct line to Centre when open). Free Memberships to KCDCS are available if you are interested in supporting wetland education and awareness programs at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. You can obtain them online or in person at the Centre.
Happy Spring, see you soon!