Who should attend
Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.
About the course
This course will cover the concepts, applications, planning procedures, and implementation strategies involved in the successful construction of wetlands that look and function like natural wetlands. Students can expect to learn about site selection, testing soil texture, selecting construction techniques, establishing designed hydrology and vegetation aspects, and working with heavy equipment operators. Topics in peatland restoration will also be covered. The course will be offered as a combination of mandatory hands-on experience in the field, in addition to classroom lecture.
Course at a glance
- Lecture-assisted, experiential learning facilitated through multiple fieldwork days (mandatory) and group work.
- Face-to-face delivery with instructional support through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
- Aimed at individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as mid-level professionals in sectors involving environmental aspects, this course will also be of value to agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, technologists, and others who wish to update their skills and knowledge in this area.
- Recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as a senior agrology course related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area.
- This course may be recognized as educational or continuing professional development credits by ECO Canada, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB), the College of Alberta Professional Foresters (CAPF), and the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals Of Alberta (ASET).
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Understand key differences in the types of wetlands in Alberta.
- Recognize the signs of wetland drainage to identify potential wetland restoration sites.
- Select and evaluate sites for wetland restoration and construction.
- Understand the primary techniques for building wetlands.
- Supervise the construction and planting of a wetland.
- Recognize threats to natural and constructed wetlands.
- Be familiar with concepts of monitoring, maintenance, and adaptive management.
- Understand how to design wetlands for treating storm water, reducing flooding and improving fish and wildlife habitat.
- Recognize the permits required to move forward with a wetland restoration project.
- Be familiar with the current techniques and methods to reclaim disturbed peatlands.
- Mandatory fieldwork: students are required to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment. Long pants and good grip boots with good ankle support are essential; rubber boots are useful but not necessary. Bring safety glasses and wear weather-appropriate clothing, sun block, work gloves, hard hat, and high-visibility clothing (safety vest, reflective stripes, or blaze orange/yellow outer layer). Students are responsible for their transportation to the fieldwork sites; carpooling options may be available.
- Students are encouraged to bring plant identification books, field guides, and hand lenses to assist in class exercises.
- This course includes in-class, computer-based activities. Our learning spaces are Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) enabled, with wi-fi available to students and numerous USB/electrical outlets distributed throughout common areas outside the classrooms.
- Course assessment includes assignments to be completed outside of class times; post-course work is also required.
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