NEWS & UPDATES - April 2021
Questionnaire for Members
The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society (KCDCS) would like to hear from our Members! We want to know your thoughts on various elements related to the development of a new Discovery Centre at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.

We are doing a series of 4 Questionnaires, each one will take less than 5 minutes to complete. They will be released over a period of time in our monthly enewsletters and will be available on our website. These are the topics:
  • Questionnaire 1: Space and Design
  • Questionnaire 2: Programs
  • Questionnaire 3: Displays and Exhibits
  • Questionnaire 4: Outdoor Space, Accessibility and Trails

These questionnaires are part of a larger process to develop a master plan and design for a new Centre.

Each questionnaire that you fill out will give you one entry into a Prize Draw that will take place once the final questionnaire is released (so a maximum of 4 entries can be obtained).

Prizes include:
  • Bushnell Binoculars (10x42)
  • Oil Portrait (18x24, full colour) signed by artist (local Creston artist)
  • 4 Canoe Tours at KCDCS
  • KCDCS t-shirt and hat

If you are not a Member, you can still complete the questionnaire. We encourage you to become a Member, it is free, so that you can keep up to date on progress related to the development of a new Centre and current operations. Memberships can be obtained here.

Ready to fill out the first Questionnaire? Questionnaire 1: Space and Design

Thank you. if you have any questions or additional comments, please reach out to us at:
Discovery Centre Opens May 10th!
The Discovery Centre will open for the season on May 10th! We will be open from Monday to Saturday in May and June and hopefully 7 days a week in July and August.

Jr Naturalist Summer Camps - Registration Open

Registration is now open for our summer Jr Naturalist day camps. Click here for details.

Guided Canoe Tours

Guided canoe tours start May 17th! For information on tour times and logistics, please visit our website.
Hey Teachers!!
Interested in outdoor education programs in the wetland this spring?

We are offering wetland excursions and guided canoe tours in May and June. Spaces are filling up fast, so get in touch to book!

Check out our website for more details!
Save the Date - KCDCS AGM is on May 13th
KCDCS is holding its AGM on Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm via Zoom.

An invitation to Members will be sent out soon, so save the date!
Scavenger Hunt!
A fun local community initiative - 3 scavenger hunts at 3 different locations throughout the valley in the month of April.

The first location is at the CVWMA, starting at the Discovery Centre Parking lot. This event takes place from April 16-18.

You can enter to win the an amazing prize package valued at approximately $500.00

See poster for more details or check out their Facebook Page: West Creston Happenings
Creston Valley Bird Festival
May 7-9, 2021
The Creston Valley Bird Festival will run May 7-9, 2021 and will be virtual this year.

Check out their website for information on the types of programs that will be offered.

KCDCS will be doing a FREE virtual kids program, Birds 101, on Friday May 7th from 11am to Noon! Register here.

There are a variety of Bird Bingo Cards that you can download for beginners, experts and kids. Bird and play leading up to the festival and you can win some great prizes!
Reconciliation Canada Workshop
KCDCS's Board and several local non-profit organizations, including Kootenay Employment Services, Wildsight, Creston Museum, Creston Valley Wildlife Management Authority, Trails for Creston Valley Society and Valley Community Services, attended a Reconciliation Dialogue Workshop sponsored by KCDCS and facilitated by Reconciliation Canada, a charitable non-profit organization of the Skwxwu'7mesh (Squamish) Nation. One of the main values of the Squamish Nation is 'Namwayut" - We are all one.  

The Workshop examined the shared history of First Nations and Non-First Nations people in Canada with emphasis on the personal experiences of the facilitators. Clearly some of the participants were unfamiliar with the impact of the Indian Act and Residential Schools.  The presentation was enlightening and affecting. We broke into small groups to discuss our own knowledge and experience with First Nations people and organizations. The emphasis was on how to engage in a respectful way with our First Nations community members and encourage collaboration that is in the best interest of everyone. 

Thank you to everyone who attended and shared their knowledge and experience, especially our friends at the Squamish Nation!
Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
At this time of year, there are seasonal closures of the Duck Lake dyke to vehicle access due to poor conditions as well as seasonal migration of the northern leopard frog (March 15th - April 30th). To access advisories and up to date information related to the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, please check out their website or Facebook page.
Memberships to KCDCS are FREE!

To increase support and awareness for KCDCS' mission, we are offering free Memberships! Join the 1,000 Members and show support for environmental education in our region! This helps us to obtain grants and sponsorships to move us forward!
If you are interested in supporting KCDCS' mission to deliver environmental education and awareness programs, please click the link above. You can earmark your donation for ongoing program delivery or the development of a new Discovery Centre. KCDCS is a registered federal charity and can issue you a tax receipt.

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Our aim is to keep you informed on the happenings of the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre - from program delivery to the development of a new Centre and everything in between.

We appreciate your support and interest!

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