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Restoring Minnesota

Welcome to Restoring Minnesota!

The Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative welcomes everyone interested in restoring the quality, diversity, and productivity of our ecosystems. If you are just thinking about embarking on your first restoration project or are a seasoned practitioner, Restoring Minnesota has ideas, resources, and opportunities for you. The Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative was established in 2011 by several State of Minnesota agencies and the University of Minnesota to provide training opportunities for both professionals and community members who would like to advance their restoration skills and knowledge. These opportunities include online courses, discussion forums (the “practitioner's network”), Webinars, conferences, and a virtual library of restoration resources. The purpose of this training cooperative is to share the best available knowledge from research and practice to support restoration across the Upper Midwest.

~NEW~ Certificate in Ecological Restoration

120-hour certificate program (4 out of 5 courses, Site Assessment is a required course, along with 3 of the 4 elective courses, and at least one field session).

The Ecological Restoration certificate is designed to provide early career professionals with the skills necessary to undertake the most common kinds of Midwestern restorations including re-vegetation of prairies, wetlands, lakeshores, forests, and savannas.

These courses were developed in partnership with staff from several Minnesota state agencies who identified a critical need to train more restoration professionals to meet the growing demand for these skills. These courses provide practical skills and knowledge to succeed at restoration.


  • Successful completion of Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals course
  • 3 out of 4 of the elective courses
  • At least one of the field sessions (taken upon completion of the appropriate online course)

Elective courses

  • Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes (includes field training session)
  • Designing, Installing, and Managing Native Plantings
  • Monitoring Ecological Restorations
  • Vegetation Management for Restored Ecosystems (includes field training session)

Sponsored by

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Continuing Education

Funded by

ENRTF LogoFunding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

The Trust Fund is a permanent fund constitutionally established by the citizens of Minnesota to assist in the protection, conservation, preservation, and enhancement of the state's air, water, land, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources.

Project Partners

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Department of Natural Resources (DNR)


Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT)


Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)