Science Communication for Ecological Restoration

Code: ER336
Apply this course towards: Restoration of Natural Systems – Certificate, Restoration of Natural Systems – Diploma

Course description

The purpose of this course is to introduce a variety of perspectives, methods, and skills that will help when dealing with the human aspect of ecological restoration. It is not enough for us to just be restoration scientists, but to engage with various community members about why we should restore them. The term "stakeholder" is used to identify a person or group with interest in an issue, but it implies little direct power. Rather, developing partnerships - relationships with people or groups that have shared responsibility - is key. Skills for interacting with stakeholders and partners are needed for every aspect of our future careers from dealing with coworkers, attracting volunteers, and advising decision-makers. 

The course will include discussions regarding the role of nature in our dominant culture and possible barriers to communicating environmental messages and facilitating action. We will then move to explore different levels of communication, our internal communication, small groups, and working with different publics and the media. We will also include some dispute resolution as a case where communication is difficult or emotionally charged. The focus of this course will be built upon existing skills and experiences to develop personal approaches to communication.


The Fall 2022 offering will be a blended format consisting of online synchronous learning on Mondays from 11:00am to 2:00pm and two face to face days in Victoria on November 5 & 6.


Acceptance to the RNS program or a combination of work and/or education experience equivalent to third-year standing.

  • If you’re not currently enrolled in the Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) program, including UVic and Letter of Permission students from RRU and TRU, you must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator ( before registering.

Tuition and fee payment

  • RNS Diploma students pay $100 of the course tuition upon registration, with the remainder paid to UVic Tuition.
  • RNS Certificate students pay the full course tuition upon registration.

To drop a course call 250-472-4747

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See our 5-year course schedule

Non-refundable fee policy

Course fees will be fully refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 business days* prior to the start date of a course. After that, a non-refundable fee of $50.00 will be charged in addition to the regular UVic fee reduction deadlines listed in the UVic Calendar This non-refundable fee policy will take effect January 1st, 2019.

*A business day is considered an official work day and does not include statutory holidays or weekends.

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