Osoyoos Desert Society

The Osoyoos Desert Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1991 to conserve the biologically-rich ecosystems of BC's Southern Interior. This region is home to one of the highest concentrations of endangered and at-risk species in Canada and features one of the country's rarest habitats - the antelope-brush ecosystem. The Desert Society is the steward of a 67-acre parcel of this endangered habitat, on which its nature interpretive facility - the Osoyoos Desert Centre - is located. At the Centre visitors can learn about local habitats, take a tour along a 1.5 km boardwalk trail, explore hands-on exhibits, and stroll through a native plant demonstration garden. Through its programs and projects, the Society strives to pursue its mission "to conserve and restore the antelope-brush ecosystem in the South Okanagan, and to educate the public and inspire active concern for ecosystems worldwide."

Our Impact Why We Exist

Osoyoos Desert Society mission:

To conserve and restore the antelope-brush ecosystem in the South Okanagan; to educate and inspire active concern for ecosystems worldwide.

Our Story What We Do

The Osoyoos Desert Society is a non-profit society founded in 1991 to conserve the biologically rich and diverse habitats of BC's southern interior. In 1998, as part of its efforts to benefit both the environment and the community, the Society opened a 67 acre nature interpretive facility - the Osoyoos Desert Centre. The Desert Centre offers visitors an opportunity to learn about local habitats through guided and self-guided tours along a 1.5 km wooden boardwalk. Interpretive signage, interactive displays and a native plant garden are provided to enhance the educational experience.

Our Programs How We Do It

The Society pursues its mission through a variety of education, restoration and conservation efforts. The focus of much of its work is at the Osoyoos Desert Centre, where visitors learn about local habitats through interpretive signage, hands-on exhibits, guided and self-guided tours and a native plant demonstration garden. Other educational efforts include workshops, outreach presentations, school programs, and resource materials. The Society's habitat restoration efforts include ongoing restoration work and research at the Desert Centre, as well as projects at off-site locations throughout the community. The Society also provides native landscaping and water-wise gardening resources, and partners with other environmental organizations on conservation initiatives.

What You Can Do

You can be part of the Osoyoos Desert Society's efforts by:

Becoming a member of the Desert Society

Joining our volunteer team 

Supporting our annual 'Romancing the Desert' fundraiser

Contact

Denise Eastlick
Executive Director
250.495.2470
Charitable Number: 894375385RR0001

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Finance & Governance

Annual Operating Budget: 
$ 152,650