Here, we have curated a collection of resources for learning, planning, funding, and teaching Ecosystem Restoration. The focus of these resources will be for Ontario and Canada, with many relevant globally.

These resources will help Citizen Scientists, Restoration Practitioners, and everyone interested in learning more about Ecosystem Restoration, and the natural world. Please send any resources you think we should add by email:

Here are some opportunities to do some individual or group Citizen Scientist work right now, in your area:

iNaturalist is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

With over 120 million “observations” and over 400,000 species “observed”, this website is a great resource for wildlife identification and monitoring.

Opportunities to join projects as a Citizen Scientist as well as other great features.

eBird data have been used in hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and help inform bird research worldwide.

Conservation Ontario

Find a Conservation Authority in your area. There are many opportunities to volunteer or do Citizen Science with Conservation Authorities

Your observations:

Help monitor the conditions of clouds, water, plants , and see change over time.

Can be used to help interpret NASA and other satellite data.

Are available for anyone to view and explore, including fellow citizen scientists and professional and student researchers

Tree Check Form

The tree check form provides a simple guide for what to look for when you are surveying trees in your community.

Biocentric Wiki

You can participate in building a Wiki to help others searching for definitions and resources from a biocentric perspective

invasive species Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) program

Birds Canada Citizen Science

Ontario Owl Survey

Volunteers needed to train, and then do a one-night survey each year (Vehicle required and can be remote)

Marsh Monitoring Program

The Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP) is a wildlife monitoring program for coastal and inland marshes. Its success has been fuelled by the energy and contributions of volunteers.

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Free Courses:

These Learning Platforms offer free courses in Ecology, Ecosystem Restoration, and more!

NASA Earth Science Training

Post Secondary:

Ecological Restoration MSc

at Simon Fraser University

Free Videos & Podcasts:

Hope in a changing climate:

What is ecological restoration? How will it change lives in the developing world? Leading Open University academics Joe Smith and Vince Gauci introduce this three part film ‘Hope in a Changing Climate’ which focuses on restoration projects in China, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Local villagers work together to rebuild the ecosystem which in turn has restored their environment. By changing their farming practices and re-vegetating these barren lands farmers are significantly improving their way of life.
© Environmental Educational Media Project (EEMP) 2009 (click here to view)

China’s Loess Plateau:

A short video about a drastic transformation using ecosystem restoration (part of the above):

Watch Here

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Restoration Tools

Propagation Protocol Database

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IUCN Global Ecosystem Typology 2.0

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