Ecological restoration is increasingly relied on as a conservation strategy in Minnesota. In order to increase project success rates, the Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative has developed five online restoration courses that teach practical in-field applications, as well as the theory behind the practice, for specific aspects of restoration.
Who Should Participate
With a goal of promoting best practices in ecological restoration, this training series is targeted at early career professionals, but even wellseasoned practitioners will benefit from the depth of the content.
Susan M. Galatowitsch, Professor/Head, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota
Julia Bohnen, research fellow, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota
View a PDF copy of the online courses flyer.
Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals (required) - August 24–September 27, 2015
Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes - September 28–November 8, 2015
Monitoring Ecological Restorations - September 28–November 8, 2015
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems - November 9–December 20, 2015
Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings - November 9–December 20, 2015
Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals (required) - January 4–February 7, 2016
Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes - February 8–March 20, 2016
Monitoring Ecological Restorations - February 8–March 20, 2016
Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems - March 21–May 1, 2016
Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings - March 21–May 1, 2016
NEW Certificate in Ecological Restoration
120-hour certificate program (4 out of 5 courses, Site Assessment is a required course, along with 3 of the 4 elective courses).
The Ecological Restoration certificate is designed to provide early career professionals with the skills necessary to undertake the most common kinds of Midwestern restorations including re-vegetation of prairies, wetlands, lakeshores, forests, and savannas.
These courses were developed in partnership with staff from several Minnesota state agencies who identified a critical need to train more restoration professionals to meet the growing demand for these skills. These courses provide practical skills and knowledge to succeed at restoration.
For more detailed program information and session descriptions, visit the website.