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Ecosystem Design!

This course is an Intensive Certification in Ecosystem Design.  This course is meant for those already studying or working in the fields of ecology, forestry, agriculture, environmental science, permaculture, landscaping and environmental tech.  This course is a supplement those fields of study and work and serves as a primer into the new field of Ecosystem Design.  We explore topics such as ecosystem structure, modular design, and case studies of different approaches to implementing design.


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4 modules
Final Testing



Special offer

This is an intensive course (4 modules)!

If you are interested in other courses, these will be available in winter 2022/23!!!
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Ecosystem Design Intensive:

What you are going to learn

Key Concepts of Design

This course looks in depth at the different solutions to modern landscape issues and how ecosystem design can meet these through ecosystem services using a modular approach to landscape management. Case studies include use of ecosystem design in regenerative farming, home gardening, community green spaces, urban storm water management, natural vegetation rehabilitation and reforestation.
What to expect:

  • 4 Modules
  • 4 Recorded Lectures &  eBooklets
  • 6 Design Info Sheets
  • 1 graded Certification Test
  • An Intro Certificate in Ecosystem Design from EcosystemU

Zach Loeks

Educator, Designer, Grower
Zach is an educator, designer and grower who specializes in Edible Ecosystem Design through landscaping and education. He consults widely with homes, farms, colleges, schools and municipalities across Canada and the United States, and through many biomes from Guatemala and South Africa to the Yukon and Mongolia.
Zach manages an award-winning farm with diversified food forest products, heirloom garlic, and a hardy tree nursery. His innovations have won three provincial awards and are featured in his first book: The Permaculture Market Garden. 
Zach is the director of the Ecosystem Solution Institute, which is dedicated to the education, propagation and inspiration of ecosystem solutions for land use transition. The Institute oversees pathbreaking education sites, including an Edible Biodiversity Conservation Area near Ottawa, Ontario and a suburban food forest in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Zach is passionate about how small actions - strategically linked - can make big change. His inspiring and empowering vision is presented in his latest book: The Edible Ecosystem Solution.


Zach sees the potential for dynamic edible ecosystems that can transform our cities and neighbourhoods.
Florence Williams
Author, The Nature Fix
Resilience in an increasingly uncertain future demands that most of our food must be grown locally. Zach Loeks provides an approach that will be vital in a warming world.
David Suzuki
Award-winning Geneticist, Author, and Broadcaster
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