Successful Year One at the Discovery Centre

From Carla Ahern, Senior Manager @ KCDCS

The Discovery Centre at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA) had a very successful first season!  We opened the doors to a new temporary facility (Phase One) located in the parking lot of the old Wildlife Centre in early May.  The 600 square foot space was full of displays and information about wildlife and wetlands and was a launching point for our programs and events.


We hosted school programs, Jr Naturalist summer science camps, guided canoe tours and many other special events and programs.  We wanted to reach out and thank the Creston and Kootenay community, as well as the many tourists from around the world that visited us, for their support and interest in the educational endeavors we offered this year.  Your enthusiasm and participation fueled our passion to educate!!


The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society (KCDCS) took over running the educational programming at the CVWMA in 2018.  We received core funding through Columbia Basin Trust and the CVWMA to ensure the continuation of programming for the next 5 years while KCDCS moves forward with the development of a new Discovery Centre (Phase Two+).


KCDCS is developing a strategic plan that will include some outreach activities and a Membership Drive this coming winter.  This will help us to inform the community of what KCDCS has been up to and to gather feedback and support.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information on what this looks like in the coming months.  Sign up to be on our email list to keep yourself up to date!


One of the best moments of the 2018 for me?  I have too many to choose from!  Leading the Jumping Jacks preschool groups was loads of fun as their curiousity is infectious and leading them through discovery activities is just plain fun!  There were some magical moments paddling through the wetland in the canoes – ospreys soaring overhead and diving for fish, painted turtles swimming by, seeing all the aquatic plants flowers bloom creating a sea of colour…My job is way too fun!


Our 2018 seasonal staff brought knowledge, interest and excitement to the programs, so a huge thank you to Megan, Natasha, Spencer, Will and Julia!


We will see you all again in May of 2019 when we reopen to deliver more programs and events!  We are always keen to get feedback and suggestions for the types of activities and events you would like to see happen out here in the wetlands, so please reach out to us!