Coastal Ecology – For Nature Lovers

Coastal Ecology – For Nature Lovers


Immerse yourself in the incredible wilderness the coast has to offer. Gain in depth knowledge and appreciation for the wild world around us. Here we focus on learning the connections between it all, how the ecosystem really works and how we are all connected to the environment.

Topics (vary depending on audience):

  • Coastal and temperate rainforests
  • Intertidal life
  • Marine birds and mammals
  • Terrestrial ecosystems and the importance of apex predators

Who should take this course:

Anyone who is curious to learn more about the natural world. In class knowledge learning covers the incredible connections amongst forests and oceans. Our field day puts theoretical knowledge into practice, finding examples of what we have learned.

Everyone is welcome, no previous experience is necessary!

Course Schedule

This is a 3-day workshop held on:

  • Tuesday: 6PM – 8PM,
  • Thursday: 6PM – 8PM,
  • Saturday: 9AM – 4PM

Upcoming Course Dates

  • February  8, 10, and 12, 2022
  • March 1, 3, and 5, 2022

*Schedule is subject to change.

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Details about the course: 

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In class:

  • Westcoast Adventure College campus
    5449 Sooke Rd., Sooke, BC V9Z 0C8

In Field:

Various South Island parks and wilderness areas including:

  • East Sooke Park
  • Sooke Hills
  • Goldstream Park

What You Will Need:

Weekday class will be held indoors and will focus on the fundamentals of ecology and an overview of the natural history of coastal British Columbia. Participants should bring note-taking material, any personal snacks or water, and a face mask.

Weekend classes will be mostly outdoors and be primarily field-based, investigating forest, coastal and intertidal habitats. Participants should be prepared to spend the day outdoors.

Westcoast Adventure College provides instructors and safety equipment.

Gear List:

  • Waterproof outer layers (rain jacket and pants)
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Appropriate warm layers if it is cold/ rainy forecast (ex. mitts and toque)
  • Snacks and lunch
  • Water
  • Face mask
  • Personal hand sanitizer
  • Hat
  • Note-taking material
  • Binoculars
  • Any nature field guides you have *optional

Please familiarize yourself with our Covid-19 Policies and Agreement.

About our workshops

Our ethos is built on the foundation of connecting people to their environment. Each workshop is designed to provide learning and practice to hone individual skills. Vancouver Island is one of the best locations for outdoor education in Canada and with our experienced instructors and the diverse outdoor classrooms, participants will explore their backyard with a fun and educational focus.

About Us

Westcoast Adventure College was started in 2002 and has graduated over 300 wilderness guides. We are British Columbia’s premier Adventure Tourism College and with accreditation by the BC Private Training Institutions Branch we ensure the highest level of experience and skills required for today’s Adventure Tourism industry. Over 20 years in wilderness education has proven to us that the benefits of outdoor learning on participant confidence and knowledge retention is unparalleled.

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are professionals in the field with years of experience across BC and the world.

See instructor bios here!