Upcoming courses

Summer course registration opened on February 1, 2019. Courses can fill up fast, so be sure to register early to get your seat. Please register for your course online if you are a program student or call the Continuing Studies registration desk at 250-472-4747.

Restoration of Natural Systems Program



Ecological Restoration Program



Program news

Search for new RNS Program Director
Our long time Academic Administrator, Dr. Val Schaefer, is retiring this April, leaving behind some big shoes to fill! The School of Environmental Studies is undertaking a search for his replacement. Shortlisted candidates will be giving public presentations on campus at the end of February and early March. We encourage those of you who are close at hand to attend the presentations. Feedback sheets will be collected at the end of each talk. Dates will be provided once they are firmed up.

ER390 papers now published in new online journal
The ER390 papers from the RNS program are now made available online through the online journal: Ecorestoration: RNS Technical Series. Our first issue Fall 2018 is now available online.

New five-year schedule online
The five-year program schedule has been updated and now has its own webpage where you can link straight to course descriptions. Bookmark these for quick access:

Reminder – new non-refundable fee refund policy
The Restoration of Natural Systems and Ecological Restoration Programs have instituted a NEW non-refundable fee policy for all program courses: 
All requests to withdraw from a course should be sent in writing to artssci1@uvic.ca. Please include your name, your student number, and the course name or number.

Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 business days* prior to the start date of a course. After that, a non-refundable fee of $50.00 will be charged in addition to the regular UVic fee reduction deadlines listed in the University of Victoria Calendar.

*A business day is considered an official work day and does not include statutory holidays or weekends.

This non-refundable fee policy will take effect January 1st, 2019. This policy change will be noted on your registration receipt notes, the course web page, your CourseSpaces site for online courses, course welcome letters and on our term course schedules. No exceptions will be made for this non-refundable fee.

Post nominal letters
Wondering what to put behind your name once you graduate? Here are the post nominal letters according to program:

  • Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma: Dip.RNS
  • Restoration of Natural Systems Certificate: Cert.RNS
  • Professional Specialization in Ecological Restoration: PSCert.ER


Other updates

RNS students lead workshop
Melanie Fortunato, Sarah Cotter and Maria Catanzaro from the Restoration of Natural Systems program led a workshop for the Ecological Restoration Volunteer Network and UVic Campus Community Garden on Friday, November 16th. It was the first official meeting to discuss the design of the Native Plant Plot Project. The RNS crew dug a soil pit on the site to teach the group how to assess the soil and site, including getting their hands dirty with a worm test!

Reminder – checking your grades 
We encourage you to log on and 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 home page 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. Click on “My Account” near the top right of the page, then click on “Transcripts, Reports, Tax Forms” on the left hand side menu and select Administrative Transcript.

Tax information 
Looking for a copy of your T2202A tuition receipt for income tax purposes? It’ll be available for download by the end of February.

  • If you are an RNS Diploma (credit) student: you can view and print your T2202A by logging in to the UVic home page and searching under “My online tools”.
  • If you are an RNS Certificate or ER Certificate (non-credit) student: you can view and print your T2202A by logging in to the Continuing Studies website. Click on “My Account” near the top right of the page, then click on “Tax Forms” on the left hand side menu.

2019 Seedy Saturday 
The RNS program will have an info booth at this year’s Seedy Saturday on February 16, at the Victoria Conference Centre – if you’re there, drop by and say hi!

Global Earth Repair Conference May 3–5, 2019 in Port Townsend, Washington
Ecosystem restoration is the at the heart of this globally-focused conference. Our team is preparing for over 500 people from around the world to unite in Port Townsend, Washington, for three exhilarating days of learning, celebration, and collective action. The Conference will focus on the grassroots level of restoring the vitality of our world. More than 70 presenters will weave together their expertise in various fields, including restoration ecology, agroforestry, permaculture, carbon sequestration, and myco-remediation.

Looking for work experience and considering co-op? 
UVic RNS students have such a range of hands-on learning opportunities available to them. One of these opportunities is co-operative education, where students can compliment coursework with career training and work-integrated learning. Many RNS students have joined Co-op this fall and will hopefully be learning in a workplace sometime next year!

In previous terms, UVic RNS students have worked on restoration projects with organizations like Parks Canada (across Canada), Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team, and Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. But we know that RNS relates to more than just hands-on restoration, other RNS students have worked in research, community engagement, and environmental education functions with organizations like the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources, Habitat Acquisition Trust, and Gorge Waterway Action Society.

If you are interested in learning more about RNS co-op, you can contact Sarah Warder, Co-op Coordinator at ssco@uvic.ca. You can also drop by the office – DTB A204 or give her a call at 250-721-7358. The next admission period is January 2019.

If you are currently looking for work, try these work search websites:

For more information:

Program Coordinator | 250-721-8463 | ecorestoration@uvic.ca 
Program Assistant | 250-721-8458 | artssci1@uvic.ca 
Val Schaefer, Academic Administrator | 250-472-4387 | schaefer@uvic.ca

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  • Posted Feb. 6, 2019