Learn wetlands conservation
Become a wetlands steward in your community
Every year, the Wetlands Education Program (WEP) team works to restore, enhance and conserve wetlands across our province. We offer courses – in communities across BC – that provide the knowledge and tools so participants can be wetland stewards in their own backyard.
The Wetlands Education Program collaborates with BCWF clubs and members, Non-Governmental Organizations, local community groups, naturalist clubs, First Nations groups and other interested parties in the communities that host our courses, to create an inclusive and informative program. Thanks to BCWF’s ongoing concern for conserving wetlands, communities can ensure wetlands will be enjoyed by wildlife and people for future generations!
Programs & Workshops
Get involved with some of our restoration projects!
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Map our Marshes
Did you know smaller wetlands are highly productive for a diversity of species and provide flood control and water-filtration capabilities? Map our Marshes offers passionate community members the technical and field skills for mapping smaller wetlands with Global Positioning System (GPS) units as well as the knowledge to upload these maps to online database.
As users of the environment, we need to know what ecosystems are in our backyards to help determine conservation mandates as development continues at a rapid pace across BC. Map our Marshes courses teach community members how to track changes to wetland landscapes through GPS education, which lays the foundation for habitat protection and conservation. This one-day introduction to GPS skills leaves participants feeling empowered, connected to a language of technology and supported by BCWF trainers in their future stewardship endeavours.
Check out our 2020 Map our Marshes courses:
Learn technical skills to steward your own wetland.
Wetlandkeepers is a two and a half day workshop that educates participants about wetland conservation! The BCWF brings the Wetlandkeepers Course into communities to teach wetland mapping, plant and animal identification, soil sampling and other wetland classification and stewardship skills. Each workshop varies to suit the community’s unique wetland needs.
This course is a mix of hands-on field work and presentations that provides participants with the technical skills to steward their own wetland. Participants are given a Wetlandkeepers certificate at the end of the workshop and are provided follow up support by the Wetlands Education Program team.
Check out our 2020 Wetlandkeepers courses:
Master wetland stewardship, restoration and construction in the field.
The Wetlands Institute is an intensive 7 day hands-on workshop that educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction.
Participants come to the Wetlands Institute with a project they wish to implement in their home communities, whether it be restoration, protection, enhancement or an educational project. During the workshop, participants receive support from knowledgeable experts and obtain hands-on training in order to successfully implement their wetland projects in their own community.
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 much more.
Within the selected host community(ies), several different wetland sites are visited during the week to highlight different restoration, conservation and education methods. By the end of the workshop, participants will have helped restore or enhance at least one wetland.
More information for the 2020 Wetlands Institute coming soon- Stay tuned!
Other Workshops and Events
Remote Communities Wetland Training:
Fort Ware | Dates TBD
Doig River | May 26-27
Are you interested in getting involved with wetland habitat restoration? In recent years, we have increased our input for wetland restoration and we have continued to host wetland restoration/construction workshops or related events to improve wetland habitat in BC.
We are always on the lookout on how we can support partners and British Columbians in accomplishing wetland restoration that benefits wildlife and supports healthy communities.
Contact us to learn more about how we can support your project.
The Wetlands Education Program could not have been possible without the support of the following sponsors:
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Check out the images from our past projects!