The University of Victoria's
Restoration of Natural Systems Program
The Restoration of Natural Systems Program (RNS) at UVic is a dynamic, interdisciplinary credit diploma program that provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to those interested in the rapidly emerging field of ecological restoration. The program combines the applied, technical aspects of a continuing education degree with the academic resources and philosophy of the School of Environmental Studies into a unique training experience for emerging practitioners. Knowing where we are headed, from an ecological standpoint, requires a multi-faceted understanding of environmental impacts and recovery strategies. The RNS program provides a bridge that connects this knowledge with the practical skills needed to solve complex restoration issues. The program’s holistic approach will empower you, as someone who is passionate about the environment, to make a difference in how we connect with the natural world.
Graduates of the Program should be able to:
On this site, you will find resources for current students, information on community-engaged restoration activities within the program, and a celebration of our community partnerships. For detailed information on admission, course schedules, and program requirements, see the RNS Homepage.
News and events
The work of one of our graduating students, Trevor Ashe, was just presented to the Kamloops Neighborhood Association. Trevor worked last summer in the local grasslands to enhance native species, redirect trail traffic, and control the noxious knapweed that has invaded some areas. With the help of dozens of volunteers, he cleared out 348kg of knapweed and helped local managers introduce one of the natural predators of this weed - the root boring weevil.
See his presentation here!