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River Restoration Prof. Certificate Program

River Restoration Field Institute - TBD

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Requirements for Award of Professional Certificate

Prerequisites for Graduate Credit Students

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Introduction to the River Restoration Field Institute

We are proud to offer the PSU River Restoration Field Institute. Successful completion (passing grade) in conjunction with two elective courses leads to the PSU River Restoration Professional Certificate. For no additional fee an earned grade for 10 ESR 510 graduate credits are available.

The Field Institute will cover the PSU River Restoration Curriculum. Completion of this Field Institute (and 2 required electives) leads to award of the PSU River Restoration Professional Certificate. A passing grade is required for award of the Certificate. You may choose to take the Institute without the credit, but must still pass the Institute to be awarded the Professional Certificate.

Your course of study over the four weeks will allow you to study over a dozen restoration field sites in various stages of completion.

Your four week Institute will be based at two locations as follows:

Week 1 and Week 4 will be spent at Portland State University and surrounding demonstrational field sites.

Weeks 2 and 3

will be spent at two major river restoration sites near Seaside Oregon.

The Seaside field program, just inland from the Oregon coast, will be a near-total immersion in river restoration study. Group camping, meals, and transportation during the two weeks at the Seaside venue is included in the fee.

Field Institute Schedule Details

Weeks 1 and 4 - PSU Classroom and Portland Based Field Study

The first and fourth week of the Field Institute will be centered at Portland State University in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Bus or van transportation each afternoon will take you to local field restoration sites following the more traditional classroom setting of lectures and team study. The afternoon field restoration sites we will visit are in various stages of completion, thus demonstrating the topics of the classroom study. One or two of the Portland based days will involve all day field study. Some lectures will be delivered in the field. Lodging and meals are on-your-own (call for suggestions.)

Weeks 2 and 3 - Oregon Coastal Rivers Field Study

We will be located at a comfortable group campsite during Weeks 2 and 3 on the Oregon coast. Our host and partner, the North Coast Land Conservancy, located in Seaside, will assist your five class facilitators and guest presenters in the assessment and design of two major stream restoration projects owned by the NCLC. Meals and a place for your tent (group rental – shares will be arranged for those not owning a tent) are provided as part of your fee (see what to bring below). A large, full-service group camp site next to one of the rivers that we will study will be our work, meal, lab, and lecture area. Healthy but camp-style meals are provided by our hired cook. You will have the opportunity for a couple of turns with your team to clean-up during the two weeks. At this site are restrooms, showers, washing machines, telephone, etc. A shuttle will go each evening into Seaside for your convenience. The group evening campfire will allow participants to get to know colleagues and instructors and discuss the day's study. You may opt out of the group camping at your own cost. Many wonderful hotels are nearby, but those hoteling-it will not participate in the group morning and evening sessions.

What to Bring

You may bring a tent or choose to rent/share with 2-3 others in tent-dorms provided. You will need a sleeping bag, mat, a meal “kit”, clothes for all weather, and personal items. Large storage tents will be available for gear, classroom space, lab, and the rainy day. The group area will include a separate but equal self-selecting snoring area.

Requirements for Professional Certificate Award

Participants will be awareded the PSU River Restoration Professional Certificate following successful (passing) completion of the PSU River Restoration Field Institute and completion of 2 elective credits from the EPP course list.

Prerequites for Graduate Credit Students

In addition to the River Restoration Professional Certificate Program prerequisites, Field Institute credit students must:

Be accepted as a student at Portland State University

Have a bachelor's degree or be approved for graduate level credit

Complete all course requirements

Registration and Cost

To register please contact us at 503-725-5388 or


The cost for the Field Institute is TBA. This includes Group Camping fees, meals, and transportation during the two weeks at the Seaside venue.

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