West Kootenay EcoSociety and Columbia Basin Trust keep Kokanee Creek Open

West Kootenay EcoSociety will open the doors of the Kokanee Creek Visitors Centre again this summer

West Kootenay EcoSociety will open the doors of the Kokanee Creek Visitors Centre again this summer thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Columbia Basin Trust’s Environmental Initiatives Program.

“We are very pleased to be running the Centre for 2012,” says EcoSociety executive director David Reid. “We’ve got lots of programs planned and the CBT has provided the backbone funding.”

In 2011 EcoSociety partnered with BC Parks to operate the centre, with the support of the Friends of West Kootenay Parks. BC Parks made repairs, upgraded the floors and installed a coffee bar. Thanks to grants from the CBT, the Conservation Branch, Area E and Area F, more than 10,000 campers and residents visited the Centre for programs, presentations and films last summer.

“We’ve made some amazing upgrades to the educational material and the centre is looking great,” said Reid. “We want to continue the successful programs like Jerry’s Rangers and Art in the Park for kids and evening presentations for campers and residents.”

New this year will be the first annual RedFish Festival on Sunday, August 26.

“The Kokanee are the heart of the park,” says Reid. “We see this festival as a great way to celebrate their return and learn more about them.”

The centre will also be available for group rentals in May and early June.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. beginning July 1 and will continue to offer the popular Science in the Park on Tuesdays, Storytelling in the Park on Saturdays and evening naturalist programs for the whole family.

Weekly schedules, volunteer opportunities, and more information will be posted at EcoSociety’s website: www.ecosociety.ca.

 

 

Just Posted

Little Wagon Theatre brings comedy to Nelson streets

There will be various performances of It’s Jest a Show throughout the weekend

Hometown gold for rowers at Nelson Regatta

Rosie Velisek and Jesse Harold won three golds Saturday

LETTER: Time to roll back power prices

FortisBC is overcharging customers, Andy Shadrack argues

Taekwondo is a family obsession at Nelson’s Yom Chi Martial Arts

The Jordahls have found success with their Baker Street dojang

Nelson city hall will fly Pride flag this year

Council will develop a policy for future flag decisions

Updated: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn reports Franklin passed Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit

Fredericton widow swears at Trudeau during condolence call

Widow of man killed in Fredericton shooting says she swore at Trudeau during condolence call.

Tim Hortons promises leaky lids on coffee cups to be phased out

Tim Hortons looks to rebuild its brand with better lid, new marketing campaign

‘There’s been a lot of devastation:’ man whose family lost homes in B.C. fire

The provincial government declared a state of emergency Wednesday as more than 550 wildfires burn in every corner of B.C.

Capsized tug now out of the water at the mouth of B.C.’s Fraser River

The 19-metre-long George H. Ledcor capsized late Monday.

Aheadbyacentury looking for Triple Crown breakthrough in the Breeders’ Stakes

The consistent Aheadbyacentury has $513,800 in career earnings, including $311,250 this year thanks in large part to his Triple Crown performances.

Search for mudslide victim becomes recovery mission

Valerie Morris was swept away by a mudslide on Highway 99 near Cache Creek on August 11.

Behind the fire line: B.C. firefighters stalked by cougars

A Keremeos volunteer firefighter talks about what it was like to patrol the Snowy Mountain fire

Woman in custody after topless crane climb near Toronto waterfront

Toronto police have apprehend a woman who climbed crane cab near waterfront

Most Read