Ecological Restoration

The natural world needs you.

Designed for working professionals, the programs and courses in Ecological Restoration offer a variety of options designed to advance your knowledge and skills in the field.

In these courses and programs—a partnership between UVic's School of Environmental Studies and Division of Continuing Studies—you’ll be learning about the most current restoration practices from experienced and knowledgeable instructors, surrounded by peers that share your passion for restoring disturbed or degraded ecosystems. The curriculum takes a holistic approach that recognizes the importance of both the social and biophysical dimensions of ecological restoration.

You'll learn how to: 

  • incorporate native species and traditional knowledge into restoration planning and design
  • apply an ecosystem approach to the planning and design of restoration activities
  • understand the ethics, laws and policies governing restoration work
  • work with urban ecosystems and the urban/rural interface
  • manage invasive species

Ecological restoration programs

The University of Victoria's Sustainability and Ecological Restoration programs are designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to restore habitats to their natural state. If you want to pursue a career in ecological restoration, take a look at these programs by clicking on the “programs” tab below. 

Program resources

We've compiled list of student resources for the RNS certificate and diploma programs including websites, course planners and learning modules. You can access those student resources on our RNS Student Resources page. 

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Courses open for registration

Courses open for registration

Courses open for registration

Ecological Restoration

Advanced ecology training that builds on your knowledge in the field. Courses are offered online, appealing to working professionals as a means to meet their annual professional development requirements or to update their skills and understanding.
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General Studies

This new flexible certificate allows you to create your own program by choosing courses from the wide range of diploma and certificate programs offered in the Division of Continuing Studies. You can customize a course of study to meet your specific learning needs and objectives.
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Restoration of Natural Systems - Certificate

Drawing on the latest theories and innovations in the field of ecological restoration, the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) certificate program gives you a solid background in the principles and practices relating to ecological restoration. You'll learn biodiversity and conservation biology, legal and ethical consideration, how to plan and carry out restoration work, field techniques and more.
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Restoration of Natural Systems - Diploma

An innovative, hands-on program that balances theory and practice. An innovative, hands-on program that balances theory and practice across all dimensions of ecological restoration. This dynamic, interdisciplinary credit program provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to those interested in the rapidly emerging field of ecological restoration.
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Upcoming Event: Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team Research Colloquium

The RNS Program is sponsoring the 12th Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team (GOERT) Research Colloquium on November 18th at UVic! Join us for a full day of presentations...

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Fall 2016 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

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.

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Our RNS Program turns 20!

2016 marks the 20 year anniversarry of our Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) Program and we are thrilled to applaud the contribution this award-winning curriculum has been making in the field of ecological restoration since 1996.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 course registration is now open! Courses can fill up fast, so be sure to register early to get your seat.

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A Short Walk

with Instructor Dr. Emily Gonzales Dr.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

The beauty of spring is upon us, but it’s not too early to start planning your fall courses! Fall course registration is NOW OPEN and there is still one summer course available for registration.

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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Summer 2015 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

Upcoming courses Registration is now open for fall and spring courses. In mid-August, registration will open to students from other programs, so it’s important to register now to get the courses you want.

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Spring 2015 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

Summer is approaching, which means fall isn’t that far away. Keep reading to get the latest information about our restoration courses and programs.

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Kristina Coleman

Like many in her program, Coleman works full time and is five courses into the 12-course program. As a chemist, her day job is analyzing data for an environmental laboratory in Sidney. "I wanted to know more about the environment and systems and how it all fits together," she says. "I thought this program would be a little flaky, like maybe it won't be anything I can use (in life or work). But it definitely is."

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Gina Anderson, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8458
Email artssci1@uvic.ca
Valentin Schaefer, Academic Administrator
Tel 250-472-4387
Email schaefer@uvic.ca