Outreach, Training 

& EDUCATION

Education plays a crucial role in raising awareness of the economic, social, and environmental challenges and impacts of invasive species; it is key in shaping the attitudes and behaviours that can make a difference. Our education values are guided by a passion to preserve, protect, and share, the treasures of the natural world. We are always inspired by the courage and connectedness we see in the people who adopt environmentally conscious behaviours.

EKISC is well positioned to play a key role in delivering information to a diverse range of stakeholders who have a role in combating invasive species – academia, practitioners, community and volunteer groups, not-for- profit and conservation organizations, industry and industry associations, educators, and youth. 

We also deliver our own workshops, develop educational materials, and organize conferences to inform, educate, and disseminate information to the general public using a diverse combination of tools including signage, printed materials, videos, social media, and multi-media. These efforts help to ensure that information is put in the hands of decision makers, practitioners, and the public, and that collective work is translated into new policies, messaging, and practical on-the-ground tools. 

EKISC is also concerned with ensuring that resources are available for teachers to help them educate and inspire our youth about the topic of invasive species. Educators can be instrumental in providing young minds with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed choices and environmentally sound decisions. Formal and informal teaching environments are a critical avenue for exposing students to the issues surrounding invasive species and in order to be effective, teachers need to have access to an array of resources to include instruction about invasive species within various curriculum requirements and learning styles.

EKISC courses ​and training programs are offered throughout the RDEK

Course fees are based on cost recovery. Please contact us for more information on cost for specific courses. 


 

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Practical Invasive Plant Identification

This hands-on lecture plus field training session is for anyone interested in learning how to identify invasive plants found in the East Kootenay region. This half-day course provides an overview of the characteristics that will enable you to easily identify invasive plants, optimal growing conditions, and common management methods. It covers methods for identifying plants using regional books and websites, how to use a dichotomous key, tips for taking useful photos, and how to report infestations. After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Verify common invasive plant species, characteristics, impact on the landscape, and vectors of spread.

  • Employ resources and steps to identify an unknown plant.

  • Outline management methods for removal and disposal.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in invasive plant identification. Particularly useful for environmental consultants, land surveyors, local government staff, roadside maintenance contractors, and stewardship groups.

Prerequisites:

None.

Resources Provided:

  • Plant ID book and smart phone apps

  • Gloves, garbage bags, and hand pulling tools

  • Identification books for class reference: Lone Pine Plant ID, Pressed plant samples

  • Optional: magnifying glass to see details of plant parts

  • Optional: Ziplock freezer bags for plant samples

Evaluation:

Participants will be assessed on their ability to identify common invasive plant species.

Priority Invasive Plant Identification

Description:

Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) practices enable land managers to identify new and spreading invasive species quickly, and enact control before the species population grows to the point where it cannot be locally eradicated. Implementing EDRR measures can increase the likelihood that new invasions will be managed successfully prevented new invasive species from becoming established and negatively impacting native species. Next to prevention, it is the most time and cost-effective way to curtail and manage the potential negative impacts of new invasive. This training will provide participants with tools to:

  • Identify and detect priority invasive plant species and their vectors of spread;

  • Record and report priority species;

  • Implement preventative measures and control of these species through coordinated removals.

Who is this course for?

Professionals and volunteers who are engaged, or interested in, invasive species work. This training will enhance current efforts and reduce the frequency of inaccurate reports and excessive reporting of common species.

Prerequisites:

Participants should be able to identify locally invasive plants or have taken Invasive Plant Biology and Identification course.

Resources Provided:

  • Plant ID book (with EDRR species)

  • Gloves, garbage bags, and hand pulling tools

  • Identification books for class reference: Lone Pine Plant ID, Pressed plant samples

  • Optional: magnifying glass to see details of plant parts

  • Optional: Ziplock freezer bags for plant samples

Evaluation:

Participants will be evaluated in their identifying and reporting skill.

Effective Invasive Plant Control

Description:

Looking to hone your weed management skills? This course provides instruction on core topics for your workplace. Participants will learn via hands-on, practical demonstrations of weed identification, control tools, and management techniques. Participants will gain an in depth understanding of identification methods, reporting methods, and management strategies for parks, roadsides, urban forestry, and habitat restoration projects. After completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify local invasive plant species and vectors of spread.

  • Identify and demonstrate management methods for removal and disposal.

  • Report infestations.

  • Employ resources and steps to identify an unknown plant.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for on-the-ground maintenance crews and their supervisors; particularly valuable to those in trail maintenance, city landscaping, and grounds maintenance workers.

Prerequisites:

A basic understanding of grounds maintenance.

This course is an ideal prerequisite for the Pesticide applicators course.

Resources Provided:

  • Plant ID book and smart phone apps

  • Identification books for class reference: Lone Pine Plant ID, Pressed plant samples

  • Area maps

Evaluation:

Participants will be assessed on their ability to identify and manage local invasive plant species.

Field Techniques for Recording and Reporting

Description:

This course is designed to train professionals in field techniques for mapping and reporting invasive plant occurrences. This course provides in class and hands on training in field techniques, including:

  • Using the Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) Mapping System

  • Vouchering and photograph tips for sampling and identification, including safely handling plants

  • Estimating and measuring distance and cover

  • Occurrence reporting

  • Data management

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for operational and management positions who are required to record and report invasive species; particularly useful for land managers in regional districts, conservation and stewardship groups, forest licensees, industries including utilities, oil and gas, agriculture, aggregate, forestry, and roadworks.

Prerequisites:

Participants must be able to identify local invasive plant species.

Participants must have an iPad with the IAPP field forms and Repot-A-Weed apps downloaded

Resources Provided:

  • Plant ID book and digital resources

  • Identification books for class reference: Lone Pine Plant ID, Pressed plant samples

  • Area maps

Evaluation:

Participants will be assessed on their ability to conduct a site assessment.

Strategic Approaches for Management Professionals

Description:

Strategic Approaches has been developed as the core of our invasive plant management courses, with the goal of expanding the knowledge of working professionals and drawing from diverse of experiences. This course familiarizes participants with invasive plant management at a professional level, integrating balanced approach of practical field skills into advanced management work. Topics include:

  • Developing goals and objectives

  • Prioritizing target species

  • Creating treatment plans

  • Planning for monitoring

  • Integrating adaptive management​

Who is this course for?

Management professionals, land managers, and other interested individuals. Most of the weed management techniques can also be extended to industrial sites, roadsides, and lands used for producing crops.

Prerequisites:

Participants should be able to identify locally invasive plants or have taken an Invasive Plant Biology and Identification course.

Participants should have an understanding of mapping and reporting techniques or have taken a Field Techniques for Recording and Reporting course.

Participants should know the basics approaches to control and manage invasive plants species or have taken an Effective Weed Control course.

Participants must provide a laptop computer.

Resources Provided:

Evaluation:

Participants will write a basic invasive plant management plan and be evaluated on completion.

Invasive Species Habitat Restoration Workshop (for Volunteers)

Description:

Do you volunteer in local recreation or natural areas to control invasive plants, or would you like to? Whether you are an experienced steward or are just thinking about getting involved, join us for a free training session for volunteers! Program participants will gain skills in weed management and volunteer coordination for stewarding natural areas in their local community. Topics will include:

 

  • Biology and ecology of invasive plants

  • Management tools and best practices

  • Strategies for success over time

  • Using your smartphone as a tool to map weeds

  • Collaborating and sharing information

  • Resources for plant ID and control methods

  • Best practices for not spreading weeds

Who is this course for?

Everyone who is interested in habitat restoration and invasive species control and prevention.

Prerequisites:

Participants should know how to identify local invasive plants or have taken an Invasive Plant Identification course.

Resources Provided:

  • Plant ID booklets

  • Orientation package

Pesticide Applicator Course

There is a current shortage of certified pesticide applicators across the province. The Invasive Species Council of BC offers the required training to obtain Industrial Vegetation and Noxious Weed Applicator Certification. This 3 day long training course has been created to ensure participants receive the necessary information to successfully obtain their pesticide applicators certificate as well as help them become more employable in the field of invasive plant management. Participants that attend this course will learn to properly and safely manage weeds on industrial land, roads, power lines, railways and pipeline right-of-ways including control of weeds designated as noxious on private or public land.

Relevant to: Anyone 

 
Duration: 3 days

Not seeing a course you're looking for or you have another idea for a course? Contact jessie@ekisc.com

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