Virtual Courses

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Virtual sediment dynamics course this Fall 2020 you can apply toward PSU's Advanced River Restoration certificate.

Courses can be used towards completion of the Advanced River Restoration certificate through the PSU EPP program if you register through PSU.

Streambank Soil Bioengineering

Schedule: Nine weekly 1-1.5 hour sessions via Zoom from Wednesday, October 6th to December 8th.  There will be no session during the week of Thanksgiving.  Two additional sessions will be pre-recorded and provided to participants for viewing on their own.

Time: 2pm each Wednesday

Primary Instructor: J. Chris Hoag, Riparian Ecologist, Hoag Riparian & Wetland Restoration LLC

Course fee: TBD

Description: Join us for an exciting virtual short course focused on all things soil bioengineering!  This course will have something to offer to everyone involved in planning and implementing streambank rehabilitation and stabilization.  Early sessions will provide foundational information about bioengineering and its general application, an overview of riparian plants, and insights into how stream function influences the riverine landscape, including plants and soils.  Later sessions will go in-depth on specific bioengineering treatments and planning considerations. Topics to Include:

  • Principles of streambank bioengineering
  • Understanding riparian plant communities
  • How a stream functions: fluvial geomorphology and stream mechanics
  • Developing and implementing a planting plan
  • Design considerations and techniques
  • Herbaceous and woody plant propagation
  • Toe, bank, and overbank zone treatments – tried and true and novel approaches
  • Keys to success
  • Project examples and case studies
  1. Beaver and resilience (floods, droughts, wildfires, etc.).
  2. Beaver and salmonids, biodiversity, river functions and ecosystem services.
  3. Promoting Beaver  (including BDAs, but much more) 
  4. Beaver as catalysts for sustainable process-based river restoration.
  5. Beaver case studies.

Registration:  Registration will be open in early August, at which time additional course information and registration costs will be available.  Note:  Alaska residents will receive a reduced or free registration!  More information to be provided when registration is open.

J. Chris Hoag

Chris has been working on riparian and wetland systems for over 40 years.  He is the author of over 120 technical papers on applied planting techniques for riparian and wetland ecosystems.  He has been working with Streambank Soil Bioengineering techniques for 37 years and he has developed 2 practical field manuals on Bioengineering and over 100 papers describing these techniques, how to install them, materials needed, management after installation, and what zones riparian plants go in. Chris was formerly the project leader of the Interagency Riparian/Wetland Plant Development Project, USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center, Aberdeen, Idaho.  He retired at the end of 2009 and opened up a small consulting business. He has worked, taught, and consulted all over the US, Canada, Mexico, and made two trips to Afghanistan to provide technical assistance to the Afghan Ministry of Forestry and Range.


Please contact our Short Course Lead Jared McKee for questions about the courses.

Please contact our registrar Peggy for questions associated with RRNW Course Registration.


Schedule: This 24 contact-hour short course will delivered over Zoom in the form of six 4-hour case study sessions: May 17th, 19th, 21st, 24th, 26th, and 28th.

Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm PST

Instructors include: USA - Chris Jordan, Alexa Whipple, Emily Fairfax, Joe Wheaton, Mark Beardsley, Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, and Kelley Jorgensen, and UK - Chryssa Brown, Ben Eardley, Alan Puttock, Colin Thorne, Roger Auster, and Róisín Campbell-Palmer

Course fee: $750

Description: Students of this virtual short course will learn how to partner with beaver to achieve river restoration goals from leading academics and experts working on ground around the United States and United Kingdom. Potential course content (subject to change):

  1. Beaver natural history including Understanding beaver populations (North American and Eurasian beaver).
  2. Beaver in the river environment.
  3. People and beaver (Eurasia and North America).
  4. Studying and Learning from beaver.
  5. Cultural and social contexts: Beavers as commoners and recognizing the dignity of rivers.
  6.  Beaver relocation, recolonization and re-introduction (US and UK).
  7. Beaver and resilience (floods, droughts, wildfires, etc.).
  8. Beaver and salmonids, biodiversity, river functions and ecosystem services.
  9. Promoting Beaver  (including BDAs, but much more) 
  10. Beaver as catalysts for sustainable process-based river restoration.
  11. Beaver case studies.

Format:  Most sessions will include two modules with each module corresponding to one of the above topics. The default format for each module will be 40 minutes of presentations by the lead and associate instructors, supplemented by time for exercises (whole class or break-out groups) and then an open forum for discussion. The final session will consist of instructors and students presenting and discussing case studies consist with the theme of the course.

Two-Part Partnering with Beaver Course*

This class is Part 1 of the training and it is being taught in a virtual format this spring. There will be a follow-up field course that will be taught through PSU in the fall that registrants will need to sign up for separatly.

Part 2: EPP 726 Partnering with Beaver Field course (Scheduled for Fall 2021)
*Both Parts must be completed to count towards earning the Advance Restoration Certificate


Click here to register for the course through RRNW


Click on the link below to register through the PSU Environmental Professionals Program for credit towards the Advanced River Restoration certificate:

Click here to register for the course through PSU