Winter 2023 course registration opened on Aug. 1. Courses 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 250-472-4747.
WINTER 2023 TERM:
The 5-year program schedule has been updated and has its own webpage where you can link straight to course descriptions. Bookmark these for quick access:
There's a new online resource in Brightspace for the Restoration of Natural Systems programs. Enrol yourself and find resources to orient yourself to the program. You’ll find information to help you plan courses and complete your program. There is also information on local volunteering opportunities and professional development. It’s free to sign up! View resource site
The ER390 final project has had a change in the number of fee units attributed, from 1.5 to 3.0 units of credit. This was done to bring the course in line with other similar UVic courses that require the amount of hours dedicated (most 1.5-unit courses are below 50 hours and the ER390 is 100 hours which brings it up to 3.0 units).
Students in the RNS diploma will now complete five elective courses instead of six, and the ER390 will be worth 3.0 units instead of 1.5. Students in the RNS certificate will now complete one elective course instead of two, and the ER390 will be worth 3.0 units instead of 1.5.
Please also note that with the fee unit increase, the cost of the ER390 course also increases, but the cost of the program overall stays the same because you have one less elective course to pay for.
There has been a surge of student activity in the restoration realm on campus, and it has created amazing opportunities to increase your involvement with restoration and interact with your fellow students:
GVGT is also planning a series of five events in August and September on one of the islands off the Saanich Peninsula. These events will have limited space, so we encourage interested volunteers to RSVP as soon as they can on the Meetup page. Details for this series of events, and for all their activities, can be found there.
Everyone of any age or experience level is welcome to their activities—necessary training, tools (and snacks!) will be provided.
The Spring 2022 issue of Ecorestoration Journal has been published. All students who complete their ER390 project are eligible to publish in the journal annually. Check out your fellow students’ finished projects.
UVic RNS diploma students have a range of hands-on learning opportunities available to them. One of these 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, 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 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.
To learn more, contact Anaïs Holdaway, co-op coordinator. You may also drop by her office, COR B136, or call 250-721-7358. The Social Sciences Co-op Office holds info days in January and September via Zoom. Contact the office for the next offering schedule.
If you think you are nearing completion of your program, or that you will have completed all your courses by April 30, 2023, you can apply for a June 2023 graduation prior to Dec. 15 (a late fee applies after that up until mid-February). Please get in touch with the program coordinator to ensure your RNS program is complete. If you are a concurrent UVic undergraduate student, you must consult with Academic Advising before you can graduate. If you are an RNS diploma student, you’ll need to apply and contact the program coordinator. If you are an RNS certificate or an ER PSC student, you’ll need to contact the program coordinator for instructions on how to proceed.
We encourage you to sign in 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 signing 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 signing in to 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.
Wondering what to put behind your name once you graduate? Here are the post nominal letters according to program:
If you are interested in finding a 390 project, please consider the following:
The Sandown Centre for Regenerative Agriculture is on the site of the old race course in North Saanich. The goal is to take this degraded space, and turn it into a thriving, community-driven space for healing the land, growing food, supporting local farmers, and educating the public. There are lots of potential restoration-centric projects, including riparian restoration, integrated pest management, and soil restoration.
The District of Saanich is a consistent, excited partner with the RNS. They are always looking for students to work with their amazing park stewards. If you live in the Saanich area and have a park that has touched your heart, consider discussing ER390 project options and supporting their management efforts regionally.
The Metchosin Invasive Species Council has been clearing the region of holly. For the last two to three years, they have been tracking the amount of biomass removed and where, in hopes that a student can assess recovery, and help map remaining problem areas in the park system. This is more of a data-oriented project, supporting one of our very enthused local organizations.
Please don’t forget to apply for the Lorene Kennedy Field Award for some financial support for your final project!
Native cranberry production has declined in many regions across BC from a large suite of environmental changes, including altered water tables, nutrient enrichment, and changes in plant composition due to the loss of traditional management practices. In the Fraser Valley, the Katzie First Nation has observed changes in berry production in their traditional garden areas, and are seeking a deeper understanding of why and what management actions are best suited moving forward. They are looking for a student, guided by community members and advised by Dr. Richard Hebda, to methodically test the causes and solutions of local berry declines.
The following groups are recruiting volunteers: