Reclamation and Reforestation Practitioner Events

Seminars, workshops, and field tours are targeted towards reclamation and reforestation practitioners, organized by the Centre for Boreal Research to disseminate research results and best management practices.

NAIT 3rd Peatland Field School: Peatland Ecology Field Course

September 9 to 11, 2019.

  • Day 1: NAIT main campus (PIC 232), Edmonton, Alberta. Parking recommended at M East Parkade.
  • Days 2 to 3: Field location (Slave Lake). Bus pickup is at Slave Lake Inn & Conference Centre, 7am.
  • NEW - 1 Day Registration added: Classroom portion only, September 9th. Cost: $200.
  • NEW - 2 Day Registration added: Field portion only, September 10th-11th. Cost: $450.

View Course Flyer

The NAIT Centre for Boreal Research is offering a three-day hands-on training session led by Dr. Dale Vitt and Dr. Bin Xu.

Participants will:

  • Learn key characteristics of Alberta's common peatland types and their associated vegetation
  • Participate in classroom training on peatland ecology, classification, bryophyte biology/ecology, and peatland restoration
  • Practice peatland classification, bryophyte identification, data collection, and analysis of peatland vegetation and chemistry in the field

View Course Agenda


  • Dr. Dale Vitt - Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Dr. Bin Xu - Centre for Boreal Research, NAIT
  • Melissa House - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Accomodation Information

NAIT has reserved a discounted room rate with Slave Lake Inn & Conference Centre for participants of the Peatland Field School. (Not required to stay at this accommodation to participate in course.)

The bus will pick up at this location at 7am on Day 2 and Day 3 for field training near Slave Lake.

NAIT Peatland Field School Rates:

  • Standard $89 + taxes
  • Executive king $99 + taxes

Includes: Free hot breakfast 5:00am – 10:00am, 24-hour restaurant, lounge/sports bar, fitness centre



Slave Lake Inn & Conference Centre
1200 Main Street, South
Slave Lake, AB,  T0G 2A0

More Information

Email Dr. Bin Xu -

A Guide to Mosses and Liverworts of Alberta Peatlands (optional field guide) available for purchase.

Cost: $650 per person (includes training material, transportation to field, and field lunch and snacks).

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Public Events

Boreal Nature Series

The Boreal Nature Series  are informal educational events showcasing research occurring in the Peace Region. Events include public presentations and nature walks offered at no charge. Presentations are 1 hour in length during the evenings including time for questions.

The Boreal Nature Series are available as student classroom presentations in the Peace Region during school hours.

Contact Rielle  Massey-Leclerc  for more information.

Alberta Native Plant Council, Peace Region Plant Study Group

Location: Centre for Boreal Research, Peace River, Alberta

Cost: Free

The Alberta Native Plant Council (ANPC) is a provincial wide volunteer based organization promoting awareness and education about native plants in Alberta. Free winter monthly plant study meetings for the Peace Region group are held at the Centre for Boreal Research on the 1st Wednesday of the month from November to May. In the summer there are plant walks on various dates. Anyone interested in learning about local plants is welcome – it is suitable for artists, naturalists, novice and expert botanists alike.

Learn more about the Peace Region Group (pdf)

For information about plant study groups around Alberta, visit the ANPC website.

Peace River Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, December 14, 2019

What is a Christmas Bird Count? The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the Western Hemisphere meet to count the birds in their regions. Peace River is one of 55 groups in Alberta! The data collected in the Christmas Bird Count helps scientists understand long-term trends for populations of winter birds. 

How do I participate in a Christmas Bird Count?  Participants can work alone or in a team to cover one of the nine sectors in Peace River. You can go out any time of day , however, you will see more birds if you go out in the morning. Most observers count for a few hours but you can count all day if you like! Bird surveys are done by vehicle or foot along pre-determined roads. No need to spend a chilly day outside! Any amount of time you'd like to spend counting birds is acceptable, you can count birds for a few hours at your bird feeder, you can hike a local trail, or you can drive and count birds as you see them. 

Learn more about the Christmas Bird Count.

Citizen Science

Bats: Peace River and surrounding area provides important habitat for bats, however, there is  limited data on bat community distribution within the region. Using Echometers, a form of acoustic sound monitors that plug into your smartphone, you can help Alberta Environment and Parks fill knowledge gaps on bats in the boreal. Contact  Catherine Brown or Courtney Hughes  for more information. For more information on provincial initiatives visit Alberta Community Bat Program or Alberta Environment.

Bears: GrizzTracker is a specially designed smartphone app that the public can use to report grizzly bear sightings, while tracking participant effort. Similar to other wildlife counts (e.g. Christmas Bird Count) participant effort (time and distance) is necessary for collecting scientifically defensible data. This data helps scientists and policy makers to make appropriate decisions regarding grizzly bears and landscape management. Learn more about the GrizzTracker.

Snakes: Submit snake hibernacula sightings to the Alberta Conservation Association to help build an inventory and better understand the distribution and status of snakes in the region. 

Bees: The Alberta Native Bee Council has a bumblebee box monitoring program. In Peace River, there is data collected on bee sightings. Contact Courtney Hughes for more information.

Photo Contest 2019

4th Annual Boreal Photo Contest