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Restoring Minnesota

Welcome to Restoring Minnesota!

Registration is now open for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Sessions. Learn more and register. 

View a PDF copy of the course flyer.  

The Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative welcomes everyone interested in restoring the quality, diversity, and productivity of our ecosystems. Whether you are just thinking about embarking on your first restoration project or are a seasoned practitioner, Restoring Minnesota has ideas, resources, and opportunities for you.

The Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative was established in 2011 by several State of Minnesota agencies and the University of Minnesota to provide training opportunities for both professionals and community members who would like to advance their restoration skills and knowledge. These opportunities include online courses, discussion forums (the “practitioner's network”), webinars, conferences, and a virtual library of restoration resources. The purpose of this training cooperative is to share the best available knowledge from research and practice to support restoration across the Upper Midwest.

~Returning This Year~ The Wetland Delineator Certification Program has awarded 6 Direct Continuing Education Hours for each completed course.

Certificate in Ecological Restoration

120-hour certificate program (four out of five courses, Site Assessment is a required course, along with three of the four elective courses, and at least one field session).

The Ecological Restoration certificate is designed to provide early career professionals with the skills necessary to undertake the most common kinds of Midwestern restorations including revegetation of prairies, wetlands, lakeshores, forests, and savannas.

These courses were developed in partnership with staff from several Minnesota state agencies who identified a critical need to train more restoration professionals to meet the growing demand for these skills. These courses provide practical skills and knowledge to succeed at restoration.


  • Successful completion of Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals course
  • Three out of four of the elective courses
  • At least one of the field sessions (taken upon completion of the appropriate online course)

Elective courses

  • Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes (includes field training session)
  • Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings
  • Monitoring Ecological Restorations
  • Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems (includes field training session)


College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 
College of Continuing Education


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Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.


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 Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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 Department of Transportation (MN/Dot)

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 Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)

Announcements & Updates

Field Training Session dates will be available soon. Check out the Seed Mixes course page, and the Vegetation Management course page for more information. 

Dates for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 online courses are now available.
Review a sample of course content, by watching this video.