Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society
Over 300 species of birds call this wetland home
A place to learn, explore and enjoy
NEW WEBSITE AND OTHER UPDATES
We are excited to be working on the development of a new website that will bring you a fresh new look that is full of information, easy to navigate and pleasing on the eye!! Stay tuned, coming soon...
DEMOLITION OF OLD WILDLIFE CENTRE
The demolition of the 5,700-square foot Centre is underway. The interior has been removed and they will be working on the exterior starting at the end of January.
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.
The snow came, the cold came, then it warmed up and the snow started to melt...but there is still lots here! Winter can't make up its mind but that is ok. The wetlands are beautiful covered in white with icy ponds and the birds and other wildlife are still avid users (as are human walkers, skiers and snowshoers). Otters, herons, swans, lots of ducks, elk, deer...a winter playground!
We are gearing up to hire seasonal staff and develop spring programs, so stayed tuned as we transition to our new website and fill it with lots of great updates and information!
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.