2021 Workshops & Courses

Updated: October 2021


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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!

· Doig River | August 3-4 | See pictures here

· Province wide (virtual) | August 14

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.

· Chawathil | June 25-27 | Read about it here

· Victoria | July 16-18 | Read about it here

· Cortes Island (virtual) | September 11-12

· Cranbrook (virtual) | January 8-9 2022 | Register here

Wetlands Institute Workshop

Are you working on a wetland project and/or program in your community? Join us for a 7-day hybrid virtual and hands-on training workshop in the Comox Valley and Galiano Island! 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 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! Up to 15 participants will be invited to attend, with the possibility of more seats added with the increased easing of COVID-19 health restrictions.

· Comox Valley & Galiano Island | October 2-8

Wetlands Institute Speaker Series

Are you interested in learning more about all things wetlands? Join us for the Wetlands Institute Speaker Series, a series of stand-alone webinars and workshops on topics for those working in the environmental sector and wetland practitioners in conservation, restoration, and education around wetlands. Previous topics included monitoring and maintenance, wetlands and climate change, cultural values and archaeological assessments of wetlands, wetland restoration and more!

· Province-wide (virtual) | November 2021 | Register here

Restoration Design & Other Workshops

The wetland restoration design workshops spend 1 to 2.5 days to teach you how to begin designing a restoration plan for wetlands. Though each course is tailored to be site-specific, topics covered may include, amongst other things, the principles for wetland design, estimating costs, and habitat considerations.

Other workshops are designed with specific topics and themes in mind to suit the needs of communities. Examples of this include health assessment workshops, aforementioned restoration workshops, and stewardship workshops.

· Mackenzie | May 31 – June 2 |  Read about it here

· Kwadacha Wetland Plant ID Workshop | June 24-25  

· Wetland Stewardship Workshop | January 15 2022 | Register here


For more information, please contact:

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)
wep@bcwf.bc.ca | www.bcwf.bc.ca | www.bcwfbogblog.com

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