Streambank Restoration Techniques


The Streambank Restoration Techniques (SRT) course is a comprehensive, ‘hands on’ training program where participants learn first-hand how to construct, install, and maintain standard and innovative streambank restoration and soil bioengineering structures and techniques. In this two-day course, participants are introduced to the best practices in streambank and lakeshore restoration, soil bioengineering and erosion control.

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once – come back anytime.

Who attends?

Course participants typically include existing environmental professionals (e.g., technicians, biologists, environmental specialists), Indigenous stakeholders, resource workers, individuals new to the industry and environmental or natural resource graduates of related programs.

How do I attend?

This course is available for individual registration via our website schedule page, or on contract to organizations/community groups. Are interested in a contract delivery of this course? If so, please contact us.

What should I bring or supply?

Course participants are required to supply and bring appropriate field clothing, rain overalls, raingear, field gloves, sturdy footwear, two or five-pound sledgehammer, single-hand and two-hand pruners, spade shovel, and bag lunch and refreshments.

More Information

The 16-hour, two-day SRT course provides participants with a strong working knowledge of streambank and lakeshore site restoration and soil bioengineering techniques.

Upon successful completion, participants will be qualified and able to:  

  • Identify key elements of a Streambank Restoration Plan
  • Assess and analyze site conditions to choose appropriate plants and methods
  • Construct and/or install up to 11 standard and innovative streambank restoration techniques using plants and materials
  • Isolate a project field site and implement erosion control measures
  • Identify suitable bioengineering plant species
  • Collect, prepare and maintain plant cuttings
  • Develop and implement a site safety plan
  • Implement a long-term monitoring and maintenance program

The SRT training course has no formal prerequisites.  

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer this course beginning in March in coastal regions and May in interior regions throughout North America. Please refer to our Schedule page for course timing and locations.

This course includes a ½ day online presentation and a one-day instructor-led field practicum. The online session may be scheduled in advance of the two-day field practicum, allowing participants time to travel to the field site location. 

These items can be rented at Canadian Tire, local gardening and hardware retailers.

NRTG will bring this course to any community or organization. To arrange a course delivery, please contact NRTG.


Hi Darren, thanks for teaching such an excellent course. I look forward to incorporating what I learned into my work!

— Alexandra Sorckoff, DFO Biologist, Edmonton, Alberta

I would highly recommend this course. The instructor has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he shares. The excellent field training is going to really help me during my field work!

— Alyson Fretz, Biologist, Vancouver, B.C.

Thank you for an excellent course! Really practical, hands on course. I learned a lot and look forward to putting these new skills into use.

— Madalena Pinto, Vegetation Ecologist, Slave Lake, Alberta

Field session was very valuable. The instructor explained each procedure step-by-step, in great detail. Excellent program!

— Scott Burgess, Biologist, Burnaby, B.C.

An excellent instructor, and very good hands on training and real life examples. This course offers hands on experience and cognitive tools for new professionals, and a richer comprehension of practical approaches to restoration and naturalization.

— Kyla Walker-Makowecki, Biologist, Edmonton, Alberta

Course content was excellent. Darren was an incredible instructor and was very effective at creating situations where these techniques would be used.

— Mike Hunka, Biologist, Edmonton, Alberta