In 2022, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 

Online courses

Start learning more about ecosystem restoration today!


Our online course offerings give everyday people the chance to become ecosystem restoration practitioners!  These courses allow you to learn from experts about all things Ecology, Ecosystem Restoration and Regenerative Agriculture, providing an understanding of how our ecosystems work, and empowering you to take action to restore them back to health and vitality. 

Ecosystem Restoration Design

Presented in partnership with Gaia Education, this course is a two part learning journey where you will learn from 18 of the world’s top experts in the field of ecosystem restoration and regenerative agriculture. You will gain an introductory understanding of the restoration of many types of ecosystems and landscapes. You will learn the techniques, as well as the challenges and solutions in implementing them, and a range of business models you can apply to fund the work. At the end of the course you will have the chance to design your own restoration project for a real life place close to your heart.

Intro to Ecosystem Restoration

We have partnered with Soil Food Web School to develop a brand new series of courses! The first one – An Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration –  has been designed to give you a strong foundational knowledge of the science and practice of Ecology, Ecological Restoration, and Ecosystem Restoration. Taught by a Restoration Ecologist, you will delve into the details of exactly how ecosystems work, and what a degraded ecosystem looks like, what constitutes ecological restoration, the different types of ecosystem restoration out there, and some examples. 

Which course is right for me?

The Ecosystem Restoration Design course is a learning journey that is taught by many experienced teachers who share their knowledge and wisdom on a multitude of restoration projects that they have implemented around the world. It is designed for someone who is new to the world of restoration and would like to be introduced to the many different ways in which an ecosystem can be restored to discover which type of project most excites them. 

The Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration course focuses more deeply on the fundamentals of the science of ecology and ecosystem restoration, getting into the details on how ecosystems function, and is mainly taught by Paul Morris – an expert in the fields of botany, ecosystem restoration and regenerative farmingThis course is a gateway course that will give you the foundational understanding of restoration needed to delve deeper into a specific ecosystem to learn how to restore it.

FAQs about the Ecosystem Restoration Design course

This course is different because it covers a much broader number of topics (16 in total), and involves 18 teachers, rather than one or two. This is also a paid course (see last FAQ below). The true value of the course is that you get to learn from the world’s best ecosystem restoration practitioners, direct from their personal experiences of restoring every single type of landscape found on earth.

Permaculture is just one ecosystem rehabilitation technique taught on our course, out of a series of many different methods.

Our course covers the basics of a broad range of ecosystem restoration and regenerative agriculture techniques. Each lesson teaches you a range of techniques that that particular teacher has used in their own restoration project. There is then a host of additional learning materials that you can delve into if you want to go more in depth.

The course is divided into five modules.

Modules 1 – 4: There are four week-long lessons per module.  Each lesson lasts an hour, plus whatever time you choose to spend on doing the extra reading. 

Module 5 is seven weeks long. Before taking Module 5, you’ll need to complete module 4 as well as any other one other module choosing from modules 1 – 3.

Your fees go to paying the course teachers for their time and expertise, and thereafter directly to the movement to support the ecosystem restoration camps around the world with what they need to continue restoring their landscapes, economies and communities. 

All of the lessons are prerecorded, so you can take the course from anywhere in the world, no matter the timezone. We offer live FAQs with the facilitators after each lesson, and a live Q&A with the presenters – all experts from the field – after each module.

From GBP120, depending on the number of modules you select. Click here for course pricing details.

FAQs about the Introduction to Ecosystem Restoration course

Yes the IER is 100% online. It comprises a series of lectures and quizzes that total 32 hours of content. The course will be delivered over a period of 16 weeks, with a fixed structure, meaning you will need to keep pace with the program, watching 2 hours of content each week and taking the associated quizzes. You will need to study approximately 5 hours per week.

The IER course is scheduled to start on 15 November, 2022. You will be notified of how and when to begin closer to the start date.

  • The key principles of ecology and ecosystem restoration
  • Understanding the causes of ecosystem degradation
  • How species and their populations interact with one another
  • The different elements, phases and stages of ecosystems, how they work and how they interact with one another
  • Earth’s cycles: how they work and how to restore them, including the carbon and water cycles
  • Understanding the services that our ecosystems offer us and how they work
  • How to restore ecosystems back to full health and functionality, following a range of examples
  • How the soil biome works and how to restore it
  • How to increase biodiversity on your site
  • What a reference ecosystem is and how it works as a template for your restoration project
  • How to use the principles and standards of practice commonly used in these fields to plan and develop your project
  • How to measure the impact of a restoration project

The IER comprises a series of lectures and quizzes that total 32 hours of content. The course will be delivered over a period of 16 weeks, with a fixed structure, meaning you will need to keep pace with the program, watching 2 hours of content each week and taking the associated quizzes. You will need to study approximately 5 hours per week.

  • Yes. You will be able to attend a weekly, live Q&A session with the instructor. There will be a total of 16 such events – one for each week of the program.
  • You will also have access to a dedicated forum, where you can ask any questions you may have about the course content.

No. The IER has been designed for people with no scientific or ecological background. You do need to have a good level of English, so that you can follow the lectures and take the quizzes.

Do you have other questions about our courses?

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Contact us:

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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