Wetland Naturalist at Kootenay Columbia Discovery Centre Society in Creston, BC
For the past couple months I’ve been working at the Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre Society (KCDCS) for my third Co-op work term. The Kootenay-Columbia Discovery Centre is part of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area (CVWMA), which is one of the largest wetlands ecosystems in the province at 7,000 hectares. The Discovery Centre works alongside both the community and public to provide educational programs to both children and adults throughout the summer and fall. I assist a lot of day-to-day tasks with my coworkers, from performing school and summer programs, trail maintenance around the marsh, or even dismantling beaver dams. I also help with canoe tours, which take groups of people on the ponds of the wetland and explain the intricacies of the marsh ecosystems. The wonders and enthusiasm of working with this Discovery Centre is something that the Forestry Co-op really provides and I can’t wait for the excitement the second half of this summer work term will offer!