Become a Wetland Steward in your Community
Every year, the Wetlands Education Program (WEP) team works to restore, enhance, and conserve wetlands across our beautiful province. We offer courses in communities throughout B.C. to provide the knowledge and tools for participants to be wetland stewards in their own backyard.
WEP collaborates with BCWF clubs and members, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local community groups, naturalist clubs, First Nations communities, and more to create unique and inclusive educational workshops. Thanks to BCWF’s ongoing concern for conserving wetlands, communities can ensure these extraordinary ecosystems will be enjoyed by wildlife and people for future generations!
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Programs & Workshops
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Map our Marshes
Map our Marshes is a one-day workshop that offers passionate community members the technical and field skills for mapping smaller wetlands with Global Positioning System (GPS) units and useful smartphone apps, and how to share this information with local decision makers. This workshop teaches community members how to track changes to wetland landscapes through GPS education, which lays the foundation for habitat protection and conservation.
Wetlandkeepers is a 2.5 day workshop that educates participants about wetland conservation. We bring this course into communities to teach wetland delineation, plant and animal identification, soil sampling, and other wetland classification and stewardship skills. Each workshop varies to suit the community’s unique wetland needs.
The Wetlands Institute is a week-long boot camp for people with a watershed project they want to pursue in their community. The BCWF offers this course, valued at over $1,000, for free to qualified applicants from B.C.
Our experts offer hands-on training in planning, design, and restoration work to facilitate the recovery and enhancement of wetlands throughout the project. Each year, a different host community is chosen for the workshop and the program is tailored to feature local restoration sites, experts, and First Nations communities.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Workforce project is a collaboration with conservation organizations and First Nations that will deploy work-pods across British Columbia throughout 2021.
Through these work-pods the project aims to improve riparian area habitat; monitor the effectiveness of wetland restoration sites; advance collaborative restoration projects with First Nations and communities; provide employment opportunities targeting women, young adults, and First Nations; and to support Province-wide monitoring initiatives that will improve wetland management.
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.