Summer is approaching, which means fall isn’t that far away. Keep reading to get the latest information about our restoration courses and programs. The August edition of our newsletter will include some exciting news about a name change for the NSNP Program – stay tuned for that update!

We are proud to congratulate a total of 15 graduating students this spring! Four NSNP students and 11 RNS students have completed their programs and are graduating this June. We wish you the best in your future endeavours.

Upcoming courses

To register for courses, please call the Registration Desk: (250) 472-4747 or stop by in person: 2nd Floor Continuing Studies Building.

RNS courses

ER 329 (Mining Reclamation)
June 10 to 14 (In person)
ER 313 (Biodiversity and Conservation Biology)
September 7 to December 6 (Distance)
ER 352 (Non-Timber Forest Management and Sustainable Use by Major Forest Zones in BC)
September 7 to December 13 (Distance)
ER 312B (Field Study in Ecological Restoration II) 
September 17 to 21 (In person)
ER 325 (Ecosystems of BC, Canada and the World) 
November 10 to 14 (In person)
ER 390 (Environmental Restoration Project) and ER 400 (Seminar in Environmental Restoration) are also available for registration in the Fall 2015 term: contact Val Schaefer to discuss your project

NSNP courses

NP 501: Design Principles for Natural Processes
Sep. 7 – Dec. 13 (Distance)

Program news

NEW: RNS Certificate program electives

As you may already know, RNS Certificate students can transfer in one approved elective from outside of the program. To build on this, RNS Certificate students can take one of the NSNP Certificate courses as their approved elective.

There are four NSNP courses to choose from, each of which are full-term distance courses. The NSNP courses are at a graduate level, so we require students to have completed a Bachelor’s degree in order to register.

Note that NSNP courses cannot be used as electives for the RNS Diploma program because they are non-credit courses. However, RNS Diploma program students are welcome to enrol in any of the NSNP courses out of interest.

Contact the program office if you have any questions about electives.

Waiving core courses

We are occasionally approached by RNS students who have previously taken a course (or have otherwise gained experience) that is equivalent to one of the required core courses.

In this situation, we can waive the course requirement and you can take a different ER course in place of the waived course.

This requires approval by the program’s Academic Administrator, Val Schaefer. Please contact Val Schaefer if you'd like to discuss this option.

Environmental Studies Co-op

Complement your studies with some hands-on experience! Students in the RNS Diploma program may apply to the Social Sciences Co-op Program and complete one or two work terms.

Applications are due to the co-op office by Sept. 20, 2015. Please visit the Environmental Studies Co-op website for more information.

Lorene Kennedy RNS Diploma and Certificate Selected Project Award

One or more awards to a maximum of $500 each are available to offset additional costs required for field work conducted as part of the required course ER 390: Environmental Restoration Project.

When RNS students register for ER390, part of the course requirement is to provide a proposal that includes an expense sheet covering anticipated expenditures related to the project.

There is no application process for this award: nominations will be made by the RNS Program.

Please contact Val Schaefer if you have any questions.

Submitting grant applications through the RNS Program

Some students in the RNS Program have approached us to partner on grant applications to conduct restoration projects. In particular, we had a request for an application to Environment Canada’s Environment Damages Fund for a project in Alberta, and for various Grant-in-Aid applications to municipalities in the Capital Regional District.

Applying as individuals, the students weren’t eligible for these grants. However: the University of Victoria can apply for grants like these, so long as there is some benefit to RNS.

While we don’t have the resources to put grant applications together for you, if you put together your own grant application, we can offer support by helping you submit your application through the university.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Final reminder: change to ER 311 cross-list

As of May 1, 2015, ER 311 (Principles and Concepts of Ecological Restoration) is no longer cross-listed with ES 341. This means that students in the RNS Program will no longer be able to take ES 341 and receive credit for ER 311.

If you decide to take ES 341 in the future, it would count as one of your electives from outside of the program (that is, a non-ER course). If you have taken ES 341 prior to May 1, 2015, it will still be counted as ER 311.

Please contact Val Schaefer if you have any questions.

Other updates

Tuition due dates for credit courses

If you are enrolled in the RNS Diploma, this means you are taking credit courses and will be paying a $100 portion of your tuition to Continuing Studies upon registration. The remainder of your tuition is paid through UVic tuition.

It’s important that you monitor your UVic MyPage account for tuition due dates so that you are not charged late penalties.

Normally tuition is due at the end of the first month of the semester (i.e. September, January, or May) OR at the end of the month in which you register if the term has already started. This means that, for example, if you want to take Val’s ER 325 course in November and you register in October: your tuition is due by the end of October. But if you register in November: your tuition would be due at the end of November.

In these situations, you will receive an email from Laura Anderson asking if you’d like her to hold off registering you in the main UVic system so your tuition due date is delayed until the end of the month when the course occurs.

Students who are applying for student loans will likely require their courses to be registered in the main UVic system as soon as possible, so please let us know if this is the case for you. If you have any questions about this, please contact Laura Anderson.

Transcript requests

Looking for a copy of your transcript?

  • If you are an RNS Diploma (credit) student: you can order your official transcript or view your unofficial transcript by logging in to the UVic home page and searching under “My online tools”.
  • If you are an RNS Certificate or NSNP Certificate (non-credit) student: you can find your transcript by logging in to the Continuing Studies website. Click on “My Account” near the top right of the page, then click on “My Reports” on the left hand side menu. Here you can see an Administrative (or Unofficial) Transcript, or request an Official Transcript.

For all students, an official transcript costs $10. Please note that credit (RNS Diploma) courses will not be displayed on the Continuing Studies transcript.

Graduating students

Are you nearing the end of your program? We do our best to contact students who may be eligible to graduate in the Spring and Fall convocations, but if you think you are ready to graduate, please contact Laura Biggs to make sure you’ve completed the requirements.

RNS Diploma (credit) students will need to apply to graduate on the UVic website. Please contact us if you plan to apply because we must submit a memo listing your completed courses as part of this process.
RNS and NSNP Certificate (non-credit) students will apply to graduate through Continuing Studies. Contact us for the application form.
In both cases, there is a $40 graduation fee that applies regardless of whether you attend the convocation ceremony.

Cross-border students

We occasionally have the pleasure of students who reside outside of Canada attend our on-campus courses. To ensure smooth travel across the border, please let us know in advance if you would like a proof of registration letter from our program office.


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Your contact information

Please let us know if your contact information changes so we can keep our registration system up to date. Send any updates to your mailing address, phone number or email address to

Please contact us if you need assistance. We hope you have a fantastic summer filled with lots of sunshine!

Programs: Laura Biggs 250-721-8463 |
Registration: Laura Anderson 250-721-8458 |
Content: Val Schaefer 250-472-4387 |

  • Posted May 15, 2015