UBCO Launches New Wetland Course


World Wetlands Day is a great day to share the news of a new wetland course being launched by the University of British Columbia Okanagan. The Wetland Delineation and Assessment Micro-Credential is a new course intended for practicing professionals, local government, provincial regulators, and students wanting to acquire background knowledge and hands-on field experience in wetland delineation and assessment methods.

The curriculum includes:

  • three-day online component: May 8-10, 2023
  • two-day field component: May 16-17, 2023

This applied course focuses on methods to identify wetlands and delineate their boundaries in the field based on vegetation, soil, and hydrological indicators. Course work includes desktop assessment of wetland boundaries using aerial photo interpretation.

Come prepared to gain hands-on experience and develop technical skills for plant identification, field description of soil profiles, evaluation of hydrology, and use of existing data sources to determine wetland boundaries. Topics in wetland classification, functional assessment, regulatory processes, impacts and mitigation will be covered.

This course is offered through the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at UBC Okanagan. Instructors are:

  • Kristen Andersen, P. Biol., PWS, Senior Wetland Scientist
  • Carrie Nadeau, R.P.Bio., Senior Ecologist

Successful completion earns a Letter of Proficiency, an official University of British Columbia (UBC) non-credit micro-credential. An existing or prior affiliation with UBC is not required. There will be limited enrolment and the cost is to be announced. More information will be coming soon at: https://eegs.ok.ubc.ca/non-degree-programs/

For further information, or to be added to their mailing list for updates, please contact Marni Turek, Program Coordinator.

Photo by Dru! via Flickr. CC by NC 2.0