Society plans fundraising event
for new interpretive centre

The Osoyoos Desert Society wants to thank those who have so far helped it get funding for a new interpretive building off the ground — and make a push for the remaining dollars needed.

The society is hosting an event July 6 to update the South Okanagan community on its plans for a new interpretive centre and to recognize those whose support helped get the building project underway.

“We encourage as many people as possible to attend the event and to be part of a special group photo that will be taken at the Centre,” explained Denise Eastlick, the society’s executive director.

“The photo will be featured on a GoFundMe page launched to help raise the remaining funding needed for the building.”

The society is in the midst of a campaign to raise $100,000 to purchase a 12’x60′ modular building custom built for the site.

The new building would replace aging trailers that have undergone “a one-season fix” and “must be replaced in October if we are to continue with our mandate,” Ms. Eastlick said.

The society received $40,000 from the Town of Osoyoos earlier this month, following an April 16 Council decision to include funding for the new building in the Town’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) Strategy.

The gathering is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Osoyoos Desert Centre, located 3 km north of Osoyoos on 146 Ave.

After the event, tours will be available to anyone wishing to enjoy a guided or self-guided walk along the Desert Centre’s boardwalk.

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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