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The Osoyoos Desert Society is making an impassioned plea for help to replace an aging interpretive Desert Centre building.

The society needs to raise $100,000 by mid-June to purchase a 12’x60′ modular building custom built for the site.

“Frost free days revealed how unkind winter’s heavy snows were to the aged trailers that house the Centre’s admissions and interpretive functions,” said Lee McFadyen, the society’s president.

“New roof leaks caused water damage from ceiling to floor.”

Board members removed ceiling tiles, sodden insulation, damaged flooring and repaired the leaking roof and “generous contributions” from local tradespeople made the existing trailer functional and open for the 2018 season.

But, said Ms McFadyen, this “is a one-season fix and the trailers must be replaced in October if we are to continue with our mandate.”

“We have down-scaled our long-term building plans and, after researching various options, have decided on a 12′ x 60′ modular building custom built for the site,” she said. “This is a sensible and cost effective way to ensure the continued operation of the Centre and stewardship of a vital habitat.”

The purchase, however, must be made by mid-June to ensure October delivery.

Fundraising for the new building is currently underway and the society is accepting contributions of any amount.
Donations to the Desert Centre’s Building fund can be made:
  • By Mail Mail to the Osoyoos Desert Society
    PO Box 123, Osoyoos, BC, V0H 1V0
  • By Phone
    Call our office at 250-495-2470 or toll free at 1-877-899-0897
  • In Person
    Visit us in person at the office or the Osoyoos Desert Centre
    Office:  8713 Main Street, Osoyoos (second floor)
    Osoyoos Desert Centre:  14580 – 146th Avenue, Osoyoos
Those wishing to contribute should mark “Building Project” on their donation. All Building Project donations will go directly to a dedicated building fund account.
With nearly 10,000 visitors annually the Desert Centre has become an important educational tourist attraction that is wheelchair accessible; one which provides family-oriented options and augments valley wide winery tours, festivals and other tourist activities.
It plays a vital role in conserving some of the rapidly disappearing South Okanagan antelope-brush ecosystem, in educating the public and in inspiring active concern for ecosystems.

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