Wetland Delineation and Assessment Field Training and Capstone Project
About this Course
Wetlands are highly productive, diverse environments that provide critical habitat for specialist plants and wildlife, mitigate flooding, remove excess nutrients from water and provide natural fire breaks in the landscape. Though wetlands are protected and regulated in Canada, the loss and degradation of wetland habitats have been extensive.
The Wetland Delineation and Assessment (WDA) non-credit, micro-credential courses address an urgent need for rigorous, unbiased training on the assessment and delineation of wetland boundaries, with topics including wetland classification, functions and values, impact assessment and wetland policy.
This is the second course in the Wetland Delineation and Assessment program and involves two days of fieldwork and a further 10 hours of coursework to complete an assessed capstone project. Learners taking part in the May 2023 initial offering must register for the full program consisting of both Fundamentals of Wetland Delineation and Assessment (WDA1) and Wetland Delineation and Assessment Field Training and Capstone Project (WDA2).
- Professionals with a university degree or college diploma in a science or engineering discipline
- Individuals seeking professional development (e.g., for a professional association or society)
- Practicing resource professionals: agrologists, biologists, engineers, hydrologists, industrial managers, foresters, technologists and planners
- Land managers employed in forestry, agriculture, fisheries, hydrology, water treatment, land development, and wildfire resiliency
- Different levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal, and Indigenous)
- Conservation organizations and agencies
- Individuals seeking employment in an environmental field
- Post-secondary students seeking to gain practical experience
Course Structure and Delivery
This 26-hour course is structured around:
- 2 hours to complete the Wetland Field Safety Module
- 18 hours of in-person field days
- 6 hours to complete a graded capstone project
Participants must earn 76% or higher on all course components to pass. Course materials will be available through Canvas Catalog.
This course uses a blended learning delivery comprised of both online and in-person components, including:
The in-person field days will take place from 8 am to 5 pm Pacific time, with additional online, asynchronous components before and after the fieldwork. More information on the location of the field days will be shared with registered participants.
Choose one of the available sessions:
- May 16 – 17 | From 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific, or
- May 18 – 19 | From 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific
- A Wetland Field Safety Module (to be completed before field days)
- A graded capstone project (due June 23, 2023)
Learners who successfully complete both the Fundamentals of Wetland Delineation and Assessment and Field Training and Capstone Project courses will receive:
- a UBC Okanagan Non-credit Letter of Proficiency
This course is part of the Wetland Delineation and Assessment program.
- Fundamentals of Wetland Delineation and Assessment (WDA1) is a prerequisite for this course
- The content is designed for adult learners; participants must be 18 years or older
- The language of instruction is English
- Access to a computer with a recent operating system, web browser and updated version of Zoom
- High-speed internet connection
- Microphone, speakers and webcam
Kristen Andersen, PWS, P.Biol., CPESC, is a wetland scientist and restoration ecologist specializing in wetland delineation, functional assessment, remote sensing, wetland restoration design and monitoring. Kristen has an extensive background in field application of wetland delineation protocols and jurisdictional determinations across a variety of landscape and site conditions.
Carrie Nadeau, R.P.Bio., CERP, is a senior ecologist specializing in restoration ecology, environmental assessment, wetland classification, and environmental regulation, and co-authored the Okanagan Wetland Action Plan for the Okanagan Wetlands Strategy led by the Okanagan Basin Water Board.
This credential is offered by the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at UBC Okanagan. Questions about department courses and programs should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 2023-05-30 09:18