Wetland Restoration Workshop

Training Rationale: This hands-on restoration workshop is designed for individuals who would like to learn how to use practical, low cost techniques for building wetlands.  You’ll learn how to design and build wetlands that specifically provide habitat for mid-west amphibians. Attendees will discover how to select locations for building wetlands, test soil texture, choose appropriate construction techniques, work with heavy equipment operators, and establish native flowering plants. Contractors will be operating a large excavator to build a large wetland during the weekend.  Lectures will be offered in the evening on the history of wetlands in the Midwest and the principles of wetland construction. 
Primary instructor Tom Biebighauser has restored over 1,900 wetlands in 23-States, Canada, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. He teaches practical wetland restoration workshops around the world where participants learn about restoration by becoming involved in the design and construction of naturally appearing and functioning wetlands for rare species. He’s written 4-books about wetland restoration techniques, and instructs graduate-level courses on the topic at two-Universities. Tom has received 44 awards for his contributions to wetland restoration, including the National Wetlands Award for Conservation and Restoration in 2015. You can view some of the wetlands he has built here.

Date: To Be Announced
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Located at Cooper Farm, part of the Ball State University Field Station and Environmental Education Center in Muncie, Indiana.
Cost: Student = $120; Professional = $300
Registration:  Registration is currently not yet open for 2021.
Contact: John Taylor at jetaylor@bsu.edu or 765-285-2641
Who should attend: Students, biologists, foresters, hydrologists, engineers, forest planners, and technicians. You do not need wetland experience to attend. 
Accommodations: Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and meals. There are numerous hotels on the northwest side of Muncie (near intersection of McGalliard and Bethel) that are in close proximity to the work site and to BSU. Dress appropriately for working outdoors in wet and muddy conditions.

Participants will receive a copy of "Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide" by Thomas R. Biebighauser at no additional charge.