Wetland Naturalist at Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre Society in Creston, BC
During my co-op work term at the Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre situated in Creston BC, I have been responsible for a diverse range of tasks that contribute to the conservation and education efforts of the centre. Operating within the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, renowned for its abundant and diverse wildlife, I have acquired a comprehensive knowledge of common waterfowl and plants. So far I have had the opportunity to conduct weekly data collection on tree swallow nests by monitoring over 60 nest boxes distributed along our trails. Furthermore, I deliver daily nature education programs catered to students spanning from kindergarten to high school while also attending to visitors through guided canoe tours where I answer their questions about the region’s flora, fauna, and conservation efforts. These immersive experiences have not only deepened my comprehension of wildlife and environmental stewardship but developed valuable communication and leadership skills. I would highly encourage others to consider the co-op program as it provides an incredibly rewarding experience to connect with nature, educate others, and contribute to the conservation of our precious natural resources.