Restoring and Creating Wetlands

    EXERM 4290 is offered this spring:

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
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.

Offered:

Overall Schedule
Lecture/Class Schedule
Jun 14
Mondays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Jun 15Jun 17
Mondays

Tuesdays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Wednesdays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Thursdays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Fridays

Saturdays

Sundays

Jun 18
Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

8:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Saturdays

Sundays

Jun 25 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Online learn­ing, eClass

39 hours of instruction

Learning combines in-person and online activities. Students meet face-to-face on pre-scheduled in-person classes, but also engage in online learning through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.for­mat details

Be sure to refer to your course schedule to learn more about when the class meets in person and when you’ll be completing work online.

Classes take place at DIST EDUC.

Kristen Andersen

Your Instructor

Kristen AndersenID: kristen-andersen

Class info
  • This class is a com­bi­na­tion of online syn­chro­nous learn­ing and in-per­son field work. There will be a post-work com­po­nent to be com­plet­ed after the last online meet­ing. The manda­to­ry Field Trip com­po­nent will take place on June 15, 16 and 17. For the real-time online ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. More infor­ma­tion will be sent to your ual​ber​ta​.ca email before the first day of class. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence at the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion, vis­it www​.exten​sion​.ual​ber​ta​.ca/​e​l​e​a​rning.
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until June 14, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • 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.
Currently counts towards

We recommend that you apply to the program as soon as possible to lock in your course requirements as they are subject to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

You can register for and take a course without applying and enrolling into the program.

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New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXERM 4290 is offered this spring: