Restoration Ecology Education

Promoting long-term, community-based stewardship by engaging students, volunteers, and youth in all aspects of the ecological restoration process, from planning and implementation to maintenance and monitoring 

Program Components 

Active engagement in ongoing ecological restoration through place-based service learning establishes a lasting dedication to the natural world. 

In-class presentations feature interactive activities and guest speakers and increase student awareness in the classroom while supporting field work. Subjects taught include botany, wildlife biology, fisheries, soil science, forest and fire ecology, hydrology, water quality, ecocultural knowledge, and technical forestry skills.

Site adoption allows participants to take part in the restoration process from start to finish. Participants are engaged in the science behind restoration ecology by taking part in restoration project planning and monitoring.

Hands-on aquatic restoration covers projects along local creeks, stream ecology, watershed function, and the importance of healthy riparian areas.

Hands-on forest restoration in diverse habitats and plant communities allows participants to explore a wide range of on-the-ground activities and strategies aimed at protecting older forests, reducing the risk of extreme wildfire, diminishing the spread of invasive species, and improving the health of native ecosystems.

From Forest to Fish, A Holistic Approach 
Working collaboratively with a wide range of partners, hands-on education and service-learning activities are incorporated into Lomakatsi’s active forest and watershed restoration projects. Students work under the guidance of professional Lomakatsi restoration practitioners and engage with natural resource agency specialists. Through long-term adoption, sites from upland forested slopes to fish-bearing streams along the valley bottom give students the opportunity to interact with a wide range of local ecosystems. Complementary in-classroom presentations and activities provide students with a deeper look into the study of ecosystems and actions being taken to restore them. 

Ecological restoration: The process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed.

  • Scientific monitoring

  • Project planning

    Project planning

  • Mapping

  • Noxious weed removal

    Noxious weed removal

  • Forest thinning for habitat health & fuels reduction

  • Forest byproduct utilization

    Forest byproduct utilization

  • Stream restoration

  • Wildlife habitat enhancement

    Wildlife habitat enhancement

  • Trail management

  • Native tree & vegetation planting

    Native tree & vegetation planting

  • Ongoing site maintenance

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