2020 Workshops & Courses

Updated: June 17, 2021

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Due to COVID-19, all workshops for 2020 were transformed to virtual formats and hosted over Zoom.

Map our Marshes Workshops

This Wetland Mapping and rapid assessment workshop is a 1-day crash course on the values of wetlands and how to map them using GPS technology. Get connected with the mapping software and apps and protect wetlands in your area. This is a great project for anyone who is passionate about the health of their local wildlife and watersheds, from community volunteers to schools, consultants, and planners!

· Cumberland (virtual) | June 16-17

· Terrace (virtual) | July 11-12

· Province-wide (virtual) | August 25

Wetlandkeepers Workshops 

BCWF’s Wetlandkeepers Courses are 2.5 day workshops that educate participants about wetland conservation! Upon a community request, BCWF brings the Wetlandkeepers Course into an area to teach wetland mapping, wetland hydrology, amphibian, plant and animal identification and soil sampling. This is a hands-on fieldwork course that provides participants will technical skills to steward their own wetland.  Upon completion of the workshop participants are provided with a Wetlandkeeper certificate, and provided with follow up support by the Wetlands Coordinator.

· Galiano Island (virtual) | August 18-19

· Province wide (virtual) | September 12-13

· Richmond (virtual) | September 15-16

· Province wide (virtual) | October 7-8

Wetlands Institute Workshop

The Wetlands Institute educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction skills. Participants often come to the Wetlands Institute with a wetland project they wish to implement in their home communities.  During the workshop, participants receive support from knowledgeable experts and obtain hands-on training in order to successfully implement their wetland projects upon returning home.  Since 1998, the Institute has been held bi-annually in selected communities across British Columbia. Participants spend most of the week in the field learning about the importance and diversity of wetlands, practicing up to date field techniques to inventory wetlands vegetation mapping, water quality, soils, birds, amphibians, and fish. In addition, participants discuss ways to contact and communicate with landowners and developers and to raise public awareness and influence conservation policies. Within the selected host community(ies), several different wetland sites are visited during the week to highlight different restoration, conservation and education methods. Upon completion of the Institute, participants from all types of backgrounds are fully trained to begin wetland projects in their home communities!

2020’s Wetland Institute was reformatted into a virtual speaker series consisting of 8 weekly webinars filled with expert guest speakers and knowledge holders to help educate participants about all things wetland related. Read about it here!

·  Wetland Restoration | September 23 | Watch it here

· Wetlands and Water Quality | September 30 | Watch it here

· Wetland Impoundment & Decommissioning | October 1 | Watch it here

· Wetland Mapping and TEM | October 14-15

· Wetland as Eco-Assets | October 21 | Watch it here

· Wetland Monitoring and Maintenance | October 28 | Watch it here

· Wetland Legal Frameworks | November 4 | Watch it here

·Wetlands and Climate Change | November 10 | Watch it here

·Wetlands Cultural Values & Archaeological Assessments | November 18 | Watch it here

Alyssa Purse B.Sc., Dipl.T.
Wetlands Education Program Coordinator, B.C. Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th St., Surrey, BC, V4N 3M2
T: 604.882.9988 ext 239 | (Toll Free in BC: 1.888.881.2293 ext 239)
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