The University of Victoria‘s (BC, Canada) Restoration of Natural Systems program is an accredited program created to disseminate information about the emerging field of environmental restoration and to provide practical background knowledge, training, and skill development for those working in areas related to the restoration of natural systems.
The program is offered by the School of Environmental Studies and the Division of Continuing Studies, and is guided by an advisory committee. This interdisciplinary program provides the theory and practice needed to conduct restoration activities. It takes a holistic approach that recognizes the importance of both the social and biophysical dimensions of environmental restoration.
The courses have been designed to meet the needs of professionals and to suit the busy schedules of people who work full time.
The RNS Program has received both the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (2001) and the Ecostar Award for Environmental Education from the Capital Regional District (2005).
The program is offered at the 3rd and 4th year undergraduate level. Applicants should have a minimum of two years of post-secondary studies or an equivalent preparation developed through work and life experience.
A first year ecology or biology course is recommended.
Photo of Victoria waterfront at night by Storm Cunningham