Restoration Workshop in the Cowichan Valley

Restoration Workshop in the Cowichan Valley – A chance to learn technical skills feel a part of nature, your community, and make a difference. 

About this Event

This one and half day workshop is an opportunity to learn and refine skills in the field of Ecological Restoration and do hands-on restoration in the Cowichan Watershed.
Who: youth, aged 15-30
Date: November 6th & 7th
Day 1 online, using Zoom, focusing on theory and setting the context (3-5pm)
Day 2 will be spent in the field at Stolz Bluff making a difference in our home watershed while learning effective restoration techniques. (9-3pm)

By renewing and restoring degraded, damaged, or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment we will work as a group to learn the skills and transfer them into a real restoration project!

Our goal is to bring together young people who enjoy restoration work, are already working in the field of restoration, or are excited to learn more about it.

However no experience is necessary for this course, just a willingness to learn.


Our teacher, David Polster, is a plant ecologist with over 35 years of experience in vegetation studies, reclamation and invasive species management. He graduated from the University of Victoria with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in 1977. He has developed a wide variety of reclamation techniques for mines, industrial developments and steep/unstable slopes as well as techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats. He has authored numerous papers and teaches graduate level courses on these topics.

Cost: $25 per person (let us know if you need a bursary to participate). This includes access to David Polster’s restoration workbook.
COVID Protocols:  Please bring a mask for the field day on Saturday, as well as a lunch and water bottle.
We will be outside and you will be provided with your own set of tools to use. We will be practicing physical distancing. Wear sturdy boots and dress for the weather.

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