Training Opportunities

You are invited to attend one or more of these hands-on wetland restoration workshops.  The practical training will involve you in the design and construction of wetlands that can benefit specific amphibian, reptile,  bird, and mammal species.  Participants will discover how to use highly successful and inexpensive techniques for restoring wetlands in fields, forests, and urban areas. Links will be posted next to the descriptions of each training session when dates are finalized, and registration is opened for each Hands-on Wetland Restoration Workshop.

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  • University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering Wetland Design online course May 14 through July 26, 2018
    • Wetland Design is open to U of L students and non-U of L students who would like to take the class, but are not interested in pursuing a degree at the University of Louisville. Non-students who would like to take the class must register to become a student at U of L. If a non-U of L person is interested in this course, he/she will have to apply online via School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.  Click here to apply online.
    • Indicate this is for a non-degree application. Dr. Bhaskar and Dr. Zhihui will review the application. The estimated cost for tuition is ($740/credit hour x 3-credit hours = $2,220.00) + ($60.00 Graduate school application fee) + (Books = $72.95 + postage) = $2,351.95. Please contact Ms. Ify Whitfill, (502)-852-7954 if you have any questions.

  • Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch Wetland and Stream Restoration Workshop. May 8-10, 2018. Boulder, Utah
    • This hands-on restoration workshop is designed for individuals who would like to learn how to use practical, low cost techniques for restoring wetlands and streams. You’ll learn how to design and restore wetlands that provide habitat for waterfowl, amphibians, and a diversity of animal and plant species. Attendees will discover how to select locations for building wetlands, test soil texture, groundwater elevations, choose appropriate construction techniques, work with heavy equipment operators, control erosion, and establish native plants.
    • Workshop participants will take part in a project involving the restoration of 11-wetlands on private land on the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. The groundwater construction technique will be used to restore naturally appearing emergent wetlands that were drained using ditches. The restored wetlands will be supplied with water from springs. The heavy equipment to be used includes a 200-Series Excavator, and a Dozer with wide tracks (low ground pressure).
  • Eastern Kentucky University Wetland Restoration Techniques FIELD Course–May 21-25, 2018
    • The Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Division of Natural Areas is offering a Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques Field Course from May 21-25, 2018. Participants will receive hands-on training in how to design, restore, construct, maintain, and plant wetlands. The course will be based at Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory near Richmond, KY. The training will be taught primarily by Tom Biebighauser with the assistance of Dr. Stephen Richter. Participants will be allowed to reside in the lodge at Maywoods during the Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques workshop free of charge. The cost of this course is $750. See for more information about Maywoods.
    • The Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques Field Course is available to take for college credit as undergraduate or graduate level through the EKU Department of Biological Sciences. For participants that do not enroll for course credit through EKU, certificates of completion will be provided. The online Wetland Design Course and the Wetland Design and Restoration Techniques Workshop are independent courses. One or both of these classes may be taken at the same time. If you are interested in taking these classes for college credit, please contact Dr. Stephen Richter ( for information on how to enroll.




Preserving the future by restoring the past.