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Raincoast Institute Courses

“Offer high-quality continuing education courses that inspire adults and young adults to connect with natural ecosystems.”

We partner with local and visiting educators and researchers to offer in depth weekend field courses for adults covering a range of topics specific to the ecology of the region. Rooted in the Nuu-chah-nulth philosophy of Hishuk-ish-tsawalk (everything is connected/everything is one), our courses provide opportunities to study natural ecosystems from a holistic perspective, and to engage with specific ecological components through hands-on, outdoor-based learning.

Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Clayoquot Sound provides a unique opportunity to experience the interconnections between human communities, the rich marine ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean, and some of the largest tracts of old-growth coastal temperate rainforest in the world.

2020 Course Listings

Filmmaking for Outdoor Explorers

~ Cancelled for 2020 ~

A weekend course designed to introduce outdoor enthusiasts to digital video content creation. Learn tips and tricks for creating quality videos. No prior video experience is required, this course will cover the fundamentals of video creation using the equipment we have readily available to us. Participants with previous video experience will have opportunities to challenge themselves through the student video project.

Seaweeds of the West Coast

~ Cancelled for 2020 ~

This weekend field course will introduce participants to the world of west coast seaweeds. Topics to be covered include an introduction to seaweeds (What are they? What is their role in coastal ecology?), biodiversity of west coast seaweeds, essentials of collecting and identifying seaweeds, seaweed foraging, the relationship between seaweeds and people, pressing and preserving seaweeds, and more!

Marine Invertebrates of the West Coast

This weekend field course will introduce participants to the diversity and ecology of Pacific Northwest invertebrates. Topics to be covered include an introduction to invertebrates (What are they? What is their role in coastal ecology?), invertebrate biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest, morphology and adaptations of common phyla, scientific drawing, and more!

Mushrooms of the West Coast

In this weekend field course, participants will learn about the wonderful world of West Coast Mushrooms. Topics to be covered include an introduction to fungi (what are they, and what is their role in our forests?), essentials of collecting and identifying fungi in the field, edible, medicinal and poisonous fungi, cooking with wild mushrooms, and more!

Raincoast Institute Photo Gallery

Check out some photos taken during our past Raincoast Institute courses:

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