In this issue, learn about the GOERT Colloquium, Green Shores, and other courses and events! Spring 2017 registration is now open and courses are filling up fast — register early to save your spot. Call the Continuing Studies registration desk 250-472-4747 or stop by in person (2nd floor, Continuing Studies Building, UVic campus) weekdays 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

Upcoming courses

Restoration of Natural Systems Program

Fall 2016 term


Spring 2017 term

  • ER 311 (Principles and Concepts of Ecological Restoration) – Jan. 2 to April 9 (Online) 
  • ER 314 (Ethical, Legal and Policy Aspects of Environmental Restoration) – Jan. 2 to April 2 (Online)
  • ER 338B (Special Topics: Fire Ecology) – Feb. 23 to 27 (In person)  
  • ER 335B (Restoration of Marine Aquatic Systems) – March 17 to 21 (In person)
  • ER 390 (Environmental Restoration Project) and ER 400 (Seminar in Environmental Restoration) 


Ecological Restoration Program

Spring 2017 term


Summer 2017 term: course registration for the summer term opens in February.

Browse Spring 2017 community courses: Registration opens in December.

Program news

New course! ER505: Climate Change in Ecological Restoration

Exciting news: we are in the process of developing a new online course in the Ecological Restoration Professional Specialization Certificate Program. This course will address various aspects of climate change in a restoration context and will challenge you to consider climate change implications in your restoration activities. The first offering of this course is in Summer 2017 — stay tuned for details. 

Val Schaefer’s study leave

The academic administrator of the restoration programs, Val Schaefer, will be on study leave from January to April, 2017. If you are working on your ER390 or ER400 project and presentation, please touch base with Val before Christmas holidays. While Val is on leave, Don Eastman will be available to assist you with your project and will grade projects submitted in that time frame. Don was the academic administrator for the RNS Program for several years and we welcome his expertise. 

Co-op applications due Jan. 20: RNS diploma students

If you are an RNS diploma student who has completed most of the core courses, you are eligible to apply to the co-op program. In this program, you’ll complete one or two work terms in positions relating to ecological restoration. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 20 — visit the Co-op and Career Website for more information or contact co-op coordinator Helen Kobrc

RNS student resources webpage

As part of the new Continuing Studies website, we've created a webpage for restoration-related student resources. Suggestions are always welcome! 

Checking your grades

As we will no longer be automatically emailing Records of Grade upon course completion, we encourage you to check your final grades online. Depending on whether you are a credit or non-credit student, there are different places to check your final course grades.

  • If you are an RNS diploma (credit) student: you can view your grades by logging in to the UVic website and searching under "My online tools".
  • If you are an RNS certificate or ER certificate (non-credit) student: you can view your grades by logging in to the Continuing Studies website. Once logged in, navigate to your account name in the top right of your screen, and click on “Transcripts and statements” in the dropdown menu. Then select "Administrative transcript".

Other updates

Thank you! RNS 20th Anniversary Celebration

Thanks to everyone who celebrated the RNS 20th anniversary with us on Oct. 14. It was a pleasure to see everyone and celebrate the program achievements together. We are also grateful to Briony Penn for her inspiring lecture. 

View event photos

GOERT 12th Research Colloquium: Nov. 18 at UVic 

The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) is partnering with the University of Victoria’s Restoration of Natural Systems Program to hold its 12th colloquium. Join us for "Traditional Practices and New Imperatives", where we’ll present the latest research and projects including the importance of provenance, the population dynamics of translocations, assisted migration and prescribed burns. Also presented are new theoretical challenges posed by resilience theory, novel ecosystems and ecological thresholds. As always, the GOERT Colloquium will bring together those who are planning or conducting research and restoration projects relevant to Garry Oak ecosystems. Presenters will give brief descriptions of their studies, results and perspectives to prompt discussion and encourage coordination among groups. The GOERT AGM will immediately follow the colloquium at 5 pm.

Friday, Nov. 18 | 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
UVic campus, Cadboro Commons 

Email your name and address to:

Fee*: $30 individual, $15 student, $50 non-governmental non-profit group (three individuals max), includes lunch and refreshments

*Unlike last year, registration for the colloquium does not include membership to the GOERT Society. 

Green Shores Workshops

We have a few spots left in our Green Shores for Homes Level 2 Workshop, held at UVic on Nov. 21 and 22. Register today!

Potential ER390 project

The CRD’s Island View Beach Regional Park Draft Management Plan came out this year and there is interest in developing and conducting appropriate restoration projects for the wetlands and the sand dune. If you are looking for a topic for your ER390 project, this would be an excellent opportunity. Contact Val Schaefer for more details.


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For more information:

Laura Biggs, Program Coordinator 250-721-8463 |

Jennifer Sainz, Program Assistant 250-721-8458 |

Val Schaefer, Academic Administrator 250-472-4387 |

  • Posted Nov. 1, 2016