Wetlands Institute

Estuary in Squamish during Sea-to-Sky Recon 2011

The 2019 Wetlands Institute will be taking place in Rossland, BC, and surrounding areas on September 30 - October 6, 2019.
 Applications are now being accepted- Apply here 

Started in 1998, the Wetlands Institute is an intensive 7-day hands-on workshop that educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction skills. Participants come to the Wetlands Institute with a wetland project they wish to implement in their home communities whether it be restoration, protection, enhancement, or education related.  During the workshop, participants receive support from knowledgable experts from around the province and obtain hands-on training in order to successfully implement their wetland projects upon returning home.  Since 2012, the Institute has been held annually in selected communities across British Columbia. Participants spend most of the week in the field learning about the importance and diversity of wetlands, practicing up-to-date field techniques in wetlands vegetation inventory and mapping, water quality analysis, soil analysis, bird inventory, amphibians inventory, and much more. In addition, participants discuss ways to contact and communicate with landowners and developers and to raise public awareness and influence conservation policies. Within the selected host community(ies), several different wetland sites are visited during the week to highlight different restoration, conservation, and education methods. Furthermore, participants will get hands-on experience in restoring or enhancing at least one wetland. Upon completion of the Institute, participants from all types of backgrounds are trained to begin wetland projects in their home communities!


The 2018 Wetlands Institute was hosted on Salt Spring Island from September 17-23. Highlights include: working directly with well-seasoned and respected trainers (e.g. Tom Biebighauser, who has restored over 2000 wetlands across North America), visits to the Blackburn Lake Wetland restoration project, and the restoration of two groundwater wetlands on private land. Read more about the 2018 Wetlands Institute on the Wetlands Bog Blog or view photos from the event on our Flickr Page.




In the News

Mission benefits from two wetland enhancement projects - Mission City Record (Sept 2016)

Building Capacity for Restoration Wetlands - HCTF News (Nov 2015)

Radies Family Wetland Excavation and Planting Project - Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship News (Fall 2015).

Watershed Restoration Focuses on At-Risk Species - The Question (July 2012)

Saving Wetlands - The Squamish Chief (July 2012)

Building a Wetland 101 (July 2012)

Sea-to-Sky Institute in the Press - Wetlands Institute Success! (July 2012)

Kamloops Wetlands Institute – Wetland Construction Success! (June 2010)


Final Reports 

Salt Spring Island - Wetlands Institute 2018

East Kootenays - Wetlands Institute 2017

Lower Mainland - Wetlands Institute 2016

Okanagan - Wetlands Institute 2015

West Kootenays - Wetlands Institute 2013 (Not available online)

Sea-to-Sky -Wetlands Insitute 2012

 Kamloops - Wetlands Institute 2010 

 Canal Flats - Wetlands Institute 2007 (Not available online)

 Sooke - Wetlands Institute 2005

 100 Mile House - Wetlands Institute 2003 

 Moose Valley - Wetlands Institute 2003

 Abbotsford - Wetlands Institute 2000

 Kelowna - Wetlands Institute 1999 (Not available online)

 Metro Vancouver - Wetlands Institute 1998 (Not available online)


The 2018 Wetlands Institute was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada and the following organizations:
Le 2017 Wetlands Institute a été réalisé avec l'appui financier du gouvernement du Canada et les organisations suivantes:

Since 1985, Wildlife Habitat Canada, a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization, has invested over $60 million to support hundreds of conservation projects on private and public lands across Canada, through its granting program. Wildlife Habitat Canada works through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations, and industry to conserve, enhance, and restore wildlife habitat. To learn more about the projects that Wildlife Habitat Canada has funded or to see our annual report, please visit Without habitat...there is no wildlife.  It's that simple!

The BC Wildlife Federation recognizes the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and anglers. Hunters, trappers and guides who contribute to the Trust, for making a significant financial contribution to support the Wetlands Institute. Without such support, this project would not have been possible.