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Celebrating Birds and Blossoms

The yearly success of the Creston Valley Bird Festival and the Blossom Festival are testament to the creativity, hard work and dedication of the volunteers of the Creston Valley.  I feel very fortunate to live here and to celebrate our natural bounty with fellow residents and visitors!

THANK YOU CRESTON VALLEY!

After a very successful Open House, we at KCDCS are counting new memberships and comparing notes about the many comments and suggestions we received.  Your thoughts will inform our decisions and your enthusiasm encourages us to persevere, thank you Creston!  Special thanks to those of you who signed-up for a free membership!  Don't forget to check out our Volunteers page!

What's in a name?

This is a special thanks to those juggernauts of the English language who pointed out that our society's name was misspelled! 

It took a long time to change the name but it is now done.  Our official name is now Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society, our website address is www.discovery-centre.ca and our email is info@ discovery-centre.ca.  CHEERS!

PROGRESS REPORT

DISCOVERY CENTRE DEVELOPMENT

We have retained an architectural firm to help us review several potential sites for a 'new and improved' Interpretive Centre.  There have been site visits and lots of engagement with the architects on the many aspects of future development.  The terms of reference for their work includes public outreach.  Watch these spaces for that opportunity.

SUPPORT FOR CONTINUING THE TRADITION OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND AWARENESS AT THE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

PLAN 'B' IS RAMPING-UP!

We were successful in our application for funding from the B.C. Rural Dividend program to conduct a pre-design study of potential sites for the new 'Discovery Centre'.  A professional collaborative has been selected to conduct the study which will include:  Site Selection, Building Concept Design, Engineering Review, Public Engagement and Budget Costing. In other words:  we are seeking the advice of professional architects and engineers to make recommendations that will help us make informed choices based on their investigations AND PUBLIC INPUT.

SMALL STEPS TOWARD KEEPING THE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE OPERATING

Over the past several weeks KCDC has met with representatives from the CVWMA and the Directors of Regional Districts A and B (Larry Binks and Tanya Wall) to discuss how we can work together to keep the Interpretive Centre open while the bigger project - developing a new "Discovery Centre" - is underway.  GOOD NEWS!  We are working together and there is consensus around the importance of keeping the Centre operating! 

THE OCTOBER 7TH CLOSURE

 

KCDC and the CVWMA recently reached out to our elected officials to engage them in a discussion about what can be done to alleviate the loss of our valuable Interpretive Centre programs after closure on October 7th while the Discovery Centre project is underway.  If you are concerned about the loss of this great resource, please let your representatives know!  When all of us work together we can obtain the best possible result!

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