Environmental Restoration Project

Code: ER390
Apply this course towards: Restoration of Natural Systems – Certificate, Restoration of Natural Systems – Diploma

Course description

This course involves a planning and participating in a real restoration project. The project is usually done in partnership with a community group, government department or industry partner. If you are working in a related field, the project can be based on activities for your job with prior approval from the Academic Administrator.

ER390 could also build on a project you have done in another RNS field-based course such as ER312A or ER312B, but you cannot re-use your projects for ER390 credit and you must collect a significant amount of new data. You may develop your own project or you may contact us for suggestions.

To get project approval, please contact Dr. Nancy Shackelford (nshack@uvic.ca or 250-472-4387).

You can find sample reports here.

The expected time commitment for this course is approximately 100 hours, spread over 1 year or less. All RNS students must complete a final project to obtain their diploma or certificate.

Please also see ER400: Seminar in Environmental Restoration. ER400 consists of the ER390 presentation and a portfolio that is a compilation of the major projects from ER311, 312A and 312B plus one elective to be determined in consultation with the RNS Program’s Academic Administrator.

How to register

This course is only open to Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program students who have had their proposals approved by the Program Director. If you need more information about how to get approval, please contact the program coordinator at resscipc@uvic.ca. If you already have approval, please call the Continuing Studies Registration Desk at 250-472-4747, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm to register.

Credit (diploma) students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid via their UVic MyPage account.

Non-credit (certificate) students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

Additional course details

Course credit

1.5 units at UVic or may be taken on a non-credit basis.


Independent project.


Must be a current student in the RNS program.


You will be assessed based on a Final Report approved for publication as a technical report of Restoration of Natural Systems. Your report should be approximately 5,000 words long, not including references and any figures, tables, drawings, photographs and appendices.

The final report is worth 100% of the grade in this course. It will be published as a technical report of Restoration of Natural Systems and made available as a PDF to the public.

RELATED TOPICS: Ecological Restoration