Wetlands 101: Introduction to Boreal Wetlands - Field and Online Training (Grande Prairie)

Base price $275.00


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will be postponing this event. Check back to learn about new dates or contact us to be added to our mailing list to stay up to date on training offerings.

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Join us on April 23rd, 2020 at Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie, Alberta


Course Overview

Identifying and classifying wetlands is an essential skill for working in Alberta’s boreal forest.  This training will provide you the skills you need to identify and classify boreal wetlands through a combination of online and field-based learning. 

This training will cover:  

  • Wetland identification and classification using DUC’s Enhanced Wetland Classification 
  • An opportunity to use and discuss the Alberta Wetland Classification System in the field.   
  • Key vegetation indicator species that can be used to identify and classify wetlands 
  • Wetland ecology, hydrology, and ecosystem services 
  • Tools and resources to identify wetlands in the field 
  • Avoidance and mitigation strategies for working in and around boreal wetlands 

During the field component of the training participants will have the opportunity to take soil cores, use pH metres, and apply other tools to classify boreal wetlands.  Field lectures and discussions will cover wetland indicators, wetland types, tools and resources.   

This training is eligible for continuing education credits under certain professional designations (e.g. CAPF). Contact us for more information. 

Course Format

DUC’s Introduction to Boreal Wetlands Training includes: 

  • DUC’s online training.  The training consists of seven chapters and quizzes that will take between 3-4 hours to complete.  Participants will have access to the online training starting three weeks before the field day.  Participants will receive a completion certificate for the online training.  
  • A free copy of DUC’s Field Guide: Boreal Wetland Classes in the Boreal Plains Ecozone of Canada 
  • A field day at Evergreen Park, Grande Prairie, Alberta. 

For additional questions about course content, format, or group discounts, contact us at wbf_bmp@ducks.ca

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
  • Explain how to infer wetland hydrology based on knowledge of wetland classes
  • Explain considerations for planning and operating in or around boreal wetlands  

Instructor Profiles:

Kristyn Mayner, MSc., P.Biol 

Kristyn Mayner is a Wetland Stewardship Specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada's National Boreal Program. She holds a BSc in Environmental and Conservation Science (Land Reclamation) from the University of Alberta as well as a MSc in Earth and Environmental Science (Ecohydrology) from McMaster University. Kristyn has over eight years of experience working in wetland ecology, from consulting to research and conservation rolesHer experience covers soils, hydrology and vegetation indicators of wetland environments, with a particular interest in boreal wetlands and climate change impactsKristyn is currently leading the development of an Alberta Wetland Field Guide for landowners and wetland practitioners to improve their recognition and classificaiton of wetland ecosystems across the entire province of Alberta. 

Leanne Mingo, BSc.

Leanne is a Conservation Programs Specialist with Ducks Unlimited Canada's National Boreal Program. Leanne has over five years of experience working wth DUC's best management practices group which works with government, industry, acaedmia and other stakeholders to increase awareness and understanding of boreal wetlands, translates wetland science into practical guidance, and promotes knowledge exchange amongst a diverse group of people who work in and around Canada's boreal wetlands.  Leanne has worked with a number of groups including foresters, biologists and school teachers to deliver customized boreal wetlands training.  Leanne also led the development of DUC's online Wetlands 101 Training.



  • Registration in this course is non-refundable; however, it may be transferable on a case by case basis
  • This course may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.  Registered participants will be given a minimum of one week notice.  If the course is cancalled prior to April 2nd 2020, registered participants will recieve a full refund ad priority registration in future offerings of An introduction to Boreal Wetlands: Identification and Classification at a discounted rate.   If the course is cancelled after April 2nd, registered participants will receive access to the online training component, a 60% refund, and priorty registration in future offerings of An Introduction to Boreal Wetlands: Identification and Classification at a discounted rate.





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