Course description

This is an advanced field study course involving ecosystem mapping and detailed site evaluation (prescription). The first two mornings will be spent in the classroom, but the course will largely be taught in the field at sites on Royal Roads/DND lands.

The course involves: 

  • identifying standard plant species cover
  • creating physical site descriptions
  • recognizing natural boundaries on air photos and on the ground
  • identifying features related to slope stability
  • recognizing critical clues to ecological processes that either limit or are critical to the functioning of an ecosystem (e.g. wildlife trees)

An important focus is to observe and recognize successional patterns as clues to restoration strategies.

Course code: ER312B

How to register

To register, please call the Division of Continuing Studies Registration Desk at 250-472-4747, Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

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.


Semi-distance format requiring attendance on campus for five days, plus readings/assignments to be completed before and after the on-campus portion of the course.


Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

Successful completion of ER312A or permission of the instructor.

Next offering

Sept. 21 to 25, 2017