The Institute’s ecological restoration seminars provide a wide range of professional-level opportunities to study and understand the complex process of planning and carrying out ecological restoration projects. They follow the standards and guidelines set by the Society for Ecological Restoration. These seminars are intended for restoration practitioners involved in the repair and restoration of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including stream and riparian ecosystems. Introductory seminars provide comprehensive overviews of key topics that are then presented in greater detail in follow-up seminars. Master seminars provide specialized study opportunities for those with advanced backgrounds. As a whole, the seminars emphasize applied aspects of ecological restoration and their basis in the science of restoration ecology.
The Institute’s Ecological Restoration Seminars provide training and experiences for the growing number of professionals who are working beyond the traditional limits of landscaping, reforestation, reclamation, land management, and the corollary pure sciences. The seminars are, of necessity, interdisciplinary in nature. They merge concepts and techniques from a number of disciplines in order to develop optimal approaches for the restoration of lands and waters to more natural ecological conditions. The seminars are taught by experienced instructors who are professionally involved in planning and carrying out restoration projects and thus provide knowledge of up-to-date methods, thought processes, and ways of restoring lost ecological processes and cover to land- and waterscapes.
Seminars are occasionally scheduled at other locations across the eastern United States and eastern Canada. Seminars can be customized by special request of sponsoring agencies to help them meet their special project and/or general training needs.
Eagle Hill Seminars in Ecological Restoration combine lectures, slide presentations, and informal discussions, with field trips to restoration field sites. Seminars meet for 8 hours each full seminar day, from approximately 8:30 AM through late afternoon. A full syllabus is available for each seminar.
Topics for optional evening discussions among participants and the instructor can be based on presentations by participants about restoration projects they have been involved in or will be involved in.
For seminars that are not taught at the Institute's facility in Maine, participants will generally want to arrive in the host city by the previous evening. Upon acceptance, each participant will receive information about options for accommodations and meals, as well as exact meeting times and locations.