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OSI’s online Ecological Restoration Overview is intended to introduce students to fundamental concepts common practical methods of ecological restoration. The online course covers the fundamentals of restoration, basic planting, seeding and erosion control.

The course can be taken on it’s own to provide an introduction to ecological restoration and can be paired with OSI’s online Guide to Crew Leadership and further field training for Crew Leadership for Ecological Restoration certification. 

Course Objectives

By the time the course concludes, students will be able to:

  • Understand fundamentals of restoration ecology
  • Understand and identify basic concepts and tasks in:
    • Seeding and seedbed preparation
    • Planting and transplanting
    • Erosion control


Production of this course was done in partnership with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Links to an external site.and made possible by grants from:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife – State Trails Program

Freeport-McMoran Foundation – Climax Area Community Investment Fund

Additional Credits

Filming and editing of video sequences by-Dexter Ballard, Adam Owens

Restoration techniques performed and demonstrated by-Jackie Curry, Taylor Quirt-Gifford

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