Wetlands 101: An Introduction to Boreal Wetlands - online

We’re offering this online training at no charge until June 30th, 2020. Sign up using the link in the description
Base price $250.00

To ensure you have access to the knowledge you need during these extraordinary times, we’re offering this online training at no charge until June 30th, 2020. Sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/c02913901f6b/wetlands-101-course-free-2020

Course Content

This training is an introductory online course on boreal wetlands. The online content will cover:

  • introduction to wetland definitions and the importance of boreal wetlands
  • basic wetland identification skills with a focus on the five major wetland classes according to the Canadian Wetland Classification System (CWCS)
  • information on wetland ecology, hydrology, and ecosystem goods and services
  • tools to identify wetlands in the field
  • challenges that wetlands may pose to your work (e.g., safety, construction) as well as wetland avoidance and minimization strategies

This training will include practical examples of how to apply the information presented, including an example of how to consider wetlands during the planning, design, and construction stages of industry activities to minimize potential impacts to wetlands. Understanding how to plan and operate in and around wetlands can increase worker safety, decrease long-term infrastructure maintenance, and help companies meet voluntary and regulatory requirements.  The content covered in this course will help you gain a better understanding of boreal wetlands and help you understand how this knowledge can be applied to the work you do.

Learning Objectives, by the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Define what a wetland is and describe why boreal wetlands are important
  • Describe the five major Canadian wetland classes found in the boreal and the characteristics, functions, and values of these classes
  • Identify and classify wetlands, at an introductory level, using soil indicators and key plant species
  • Describe wetland classification systems that are commonly used in Canada and where these systems are most applicable
  • Infer wetland hydrology based on knowledge of wetland classes
  • Explain potential challenges associated with working in wetland areas and apply this knowledge to their work to be able to avoid or minimize potential impacts
  • Continue building on content covered in this course by knowing where to find resources for wetland classification, wetland plant identification, best practices for avoiding and minimizing impacts to wetlands

Feel free to contact us if you have further questions


Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Great course will recommend.
james roberts
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Thank you very much for the course!
Camilo Florez
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Good intoduction to wetlands for all disiplines
Gord Dunn
Monday, 25 May 2020
It was cool except when the guy changed mics
Jeremy Pahl
Sunday, 24 May 2020
I really enjoyed this online course. It was well organized, easy to follow. A great course – I received lots of information. Thank you!
Jacqueline Kohn
Saturday, 23 May 2020
I took the course during the pandemic to continue my education between jobs and post graduation. While the course itself was helpful and a good use of my time, I do believe it can be improved. The videos are quite monotone and it is very easy to get distracted while watching - perhaps different DUC employees could do the voice over for a chapter each to avoid the repetativeness feeling. Also, I believe that there could be more examples included to elongate the chapters and help secure our understanding. Overall, this was a great resource, especially during a time like this!
Rachelle Breau
Friday, 22 May 2020
The course was a great introduction to wetlands and provides a great review for those with previous background. The information was well presented and I would recommend the course to others.
Dennis Brannen
Friday, 22 May 2020
I thought this was a great introduction to wetlands and would recommend others to take this course
Robin Murkar
Friday, 22 May 2020
Great Information! Very well presented and a lot of useful information. Hard to answer some of the written questions regarding " in the work place" as I have not gained that field experience as of yet. Thank you for the information. I learned so much!!
Debra Still
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Great course and worthwhile for anyone unfamiliar with wetlands.
Ryan Rolick
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Very informative, good introduction to wetlands. As others have said, reference material for the course content would be very helpful for future use.
Ryan Robertson
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Great information in a short course! Wish the videos were a bit more lively.
Kendra Serbinski
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Enjoyed the course....piqued my interest to learn more. Thank you
Lynn Smith
Saturday, 16 May 2020
Excellent course for a solid foundation - would be nice to have a copy of the course material for future reference
Brandon Lewis
Saturday, 16 May 2020
Excellent information in a short-course format. Thank you for offering this during isolation!
Christine Lalonde
Saturday, 16 May 2020
Was a good introduction. Some spelling mistakes ( should be Land Use), forgot Species at Risk Act and Ontario has the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System for Canadian Shield.
Anne Yagi
Friday, 15 May 2020
Educative course
Oluwaseun Ayinla
Friday, 15 May 2020
Great course. Easy to follow.
Thursday, 14 May 2020
This was a very informative and educative course on wetlands, it is highly recommended.
Emmanuel Uko
Thursday, 14 May 2020
This course was really thorough and especially helpful when discussing wetlands in the context to operational planning.
Karrah Watkins
Thursday, 14 May 2020
Informative, but was greatest when provided with lots of pictures and examples. A lot of the course was just flat memorization with an insufficient number of pictures. Overall very informative and straightforward though, and easy to understand.
Elise Brown-Dussault
Thursday, 14 May 2020
The course was really great. learned a lot. Only thing would wish for is more information on the prairie region.
Danielde Jong
Thursday, 14 May 2020
This course has inspired me to visit my local wetlands and practice my wetland ID field skills! It was interesting learning about the different vegetation types representative of each wetland type. I would like to know more about how to use wildlife presence to supplement wetland ID. Thank you so much for offering this course!
Sarah Town
Thursday, 14 May 2020
It is exactly what it says.
Spencer Quayle
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
I thought I knew a decent amount about wetlands before taking this but I'm glad I signed up because it turns out there was more to know!
Michaelin Lower
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
It was a well organized and informative course and I feel way more able to identify the types of wetlands. Thank you so much for offering this course~
Monica Rosevear
Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Great overview of wetlands in the Boreal region and in general.
Ashley Greenley
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Great interactive course, it was great to brush up on my wetland ID skills and learn more about industrial developments and wetland interactions.
Ed Kolodychuk
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
Super informative, just the right of interaction, great learning resource
Natalie Litwinska
Monday, 11 May 2020
good time
Darren Bullen
Monday, 11 May 2020
Very useful information to get you to recognize your surroundings, to understand why something looks the way it does, and what it provides!
Dalynn McKenzie
Monday, 11 May 2020
This is a great course and should be a must for all public works professionals across the country! Great Course!
Jeremy Sherman
Sunday, 10 May 2020
Really enjoyed this course, lots of useful information.
Naomi McKay
Wednesday, 06 May 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Very cool, thank you.
Arlene Harrold
Tuesday, 05 May 2020
A quick overview of the areas and how they could be similar/different to the boreal wetlands would help ie. Atlantic Maritime
Greg Arthur
Tuesday, 05 May 2020
Excellent intro to wetlands. I am excited to use BMPs in my work!
Kristyn Fanstone
Monday, 04 May 2020
Loved the course, thank you very much!!
Randi Jennings
Monday, 04 May 2020
There are some technical mistakes with regards to soils and landforms. Swamps and wetlands may be characterized by having hummocky micro-topography (tussocks) but cannot be found on hummocky terrain. If it's wet, it's flat (with a few excepti. The emphasis of this course is vegetation based with little c would be helpful.
William Nikiforuk
Monday, 04 May 2020
enjoyed the program, helped me a lot with new information. helped me understand wetlands a lot better.
Brian Desjarlais
Monday, 04 May 2020
Good introduction to wetlands
Pamela Yataco
Monday, 04 May 2020
Very informative and helped enhance previous knowledge ever more. Would recommend to anyone working or studying in school that is interested in working in this sort of environment to understand the area even more.
Erin Richards
Sunday, 03 May 2020
Easy to follow and understand. Very informative, yet concise.
Brianna Scaringi
Sunday, 03 May 2020
Easy to follow and concise with much detail. Thoroughly enjoyed and learned lots.
Terita Deare
Saturday, 02 May 2020
This course was informative and easy to complete. It covered all the information I wanted to know so I could better do my job!
Christi Cottrell
Saturday, 02 May 2020
This was very informative and eye-opening. I highly recommend this course!
Allison Clark
Saturday, 02 May 2020
Very informative, I gained knowledge about wetlands that I can apply to my work.
AlexandraDi Lonardo
Saturday, 02 May 2020
This was a great course. The length of the videos made it easy to fit into my schedule and made it less intimidating. Lots of great information that is straight to the point. Thank you so much for offering this free during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Kendall McLaughlin
Friday, 01 May 2020
I really enjoyed this course. It was informative and interesting, and I really appreciated the national perspective while acknowledging provincial systems and guides. The quizzes each chapter helped to solidify certain concepts for me, and I loved the photos and real-life examples.
Julie Trus
Friday, 01 May 2020
Excellent mini-lecture format with just the right amount of detail. Really appreciate the free course right now.
Kirsten Calder-Sutt
Friday, 01 May 2020
I really enjoyed this training! I found the content to be explained very clearly. Thank You DUC for offering this training for free during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Michelle Harris