Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society
Over 300 species of birds call this wetland home
A place to learn, explore and enjoy
CHANGING LANDSCAPE, MIGRATION MADNESS AND SUCCESSFUL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
Fall is now upon us and the wetland and wildlife adapt to the changes in the seasons. This Fall, even more changes are taking shape as the old Wildlife Centre is scheduled to be demolished!
DEMOLITION OF OLD WILDLIFE CENTRE SCHEDULED TO START MID OCTOBER
The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority (CVWMA) has arranged for the demolition of the Wildlife Interpretive Centre to begin shortly after the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The 5,700-square foot Centre came into operations in the mid-1970’s and for more than 40 years the building was the scene of hundreds of community activities and environmental education and awareness programs, exhibits and displays. Thousands of school students and adults participated in the activities and the building drew thousands of visitors to the valley every year. To view the official press release, click here.
The Centre which no longer met public use standards was closed in the fall of 2017 and plans for a new Centre have been underway thanks to the efforts of the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society, a charitable non-profit society. The Society stepped-in to continue the educational programs and activities and, with funding provided by the Columbia Basin Trust, established a small building to serve as a visitors’ centre and facilitate small class activities until a new “Discovery Centre” is constructed. The Wildlife Area continues to attract thousands of visitors and the educational programs and activities continue to serve and inspire people of all ages.
During demolition, access to the trails from the Discovery Centre's parking lot will be closed until demolition is complete and an alternative access across the channel is put in place. The CVWMA asks that you use the Balancing Rock parking area to access the trail system instead. All trails are still open, it's only the access to them from the Centre parking lot that will be temporairly closed.
We are seeing many different migratory birds species stopping off at the wetland to rest and feed as they make the long journey south to warmer areas. Greater white fronted geese are cackling away, various duck species are dabbling and diving, flocks of songbirds are eating wild rice...There are also great non migratory sightings! River otters are playing, bears are pooping, deer are nibbling....It is a wonderful time to get out and explore the trails. Even if it's quiet on the ponds, which it can vary from day to day, the scenic beauty of the Valley is always a show stopper.
THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL 2019 SEASON. SEE YOU IN 2020!
Thank you to all the visitors and participants who made 2019 a wonderful season. We had the pleasure of delivering many tours, events and programs and appreciate everyones support and interest. We look forward to continue to offer programs in 2020.
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 - We close for the season on October 5th). 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.