Conservation Neighbourhood Creston-PurcellsDuncan-Trout LakeKootenay LakeKootenay Lake West ArmLower ArrowLower Columbia RiverSlocan ValleySouth Selkirks-SalmoUpper Arrow
Focuses Citizen ScienceEducation/OutreachGISLeadership DevelopmentSpecies-at-Risk
Regional District RDCK
Group Types Educational Institution

Our Mission:

To focus on experiential, hands-on outdoor learning in our nationally-accredited environmental science programs. Selkirk College inspires lifelong learning, transforms lives through education and training, and serves our communities.

Our Vision:

Selkirk College is a learner-centred college that provides educational experiences and pathways to prepare students for work, further education, service, and lifelong learning. Their vision is to make learning authentic, inspiring, rewarding and relevant to students, the region, and the world.

Selkirk College is not only BC’s oldest regional college but the first created through a community referendum. Selkirk is a leader in environmental sustainability and has implemented initiatives that improve campus life, surrounding communities and the health of the environment. The college is also home to the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, the Selkirk College Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC), the Rural Development Institute (in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust) and the MIR Centre for Peace. Selkirk offers an array of programs including programs in aviation, business, environment and geomatics, health, hospitality and tourism, human services, industry and trades training, cosmetology, the arts, and University arts and sciences. Applied research and innovation at Selkirk takes many forms. Projects that have value to the Kootenay Conservation Program include web mapping applications developed and hosted by the SGRC, including the Columbia Basin Biodiversity Atlas ( As well as being a key information resource for conservation, the BioAtlas also provides tools for citizen science.