Hydrology Short Courses

Class Three ForksThe training courses are presented through lectures and on-the-ground field experience for professionals working with rivers and their watersheds. The overall intent is to develop unique expertise through shared data, applied methodologies, and project experiences to help meet the current challenges facing todays scientists. The course offerings allow individuals to progress through a range of interrelated courses beginning with the fundamentals in Basic Survey Skills and Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (Level I) and continuing through the more complex River Restoration & Natural Channel Design (Level IV).

Course Participants The short courses are designed for hydrologists, engineers, fisheries biologists, range management specialists, water resource planners, and other specialists involved in water resource management and research, aquatic habitat assessment and improvement, river and water quality determination, cumulative impact assessment, TMDLs, evaluation of riparian ecosystems, and watershed analysis. Individuals working with urban, agricultural, and wildland watersheds also attend these courses.

Course Locations The courses are held at various locations; travel, lodging, and conference center information will be sent to registered students.

2024 Short Course Schedule Wildland Hydrology is pleased to announce the availability of short courses for 2024. The course fees include tuition and materials (no meals or lodging). Please note that all classes require general knowledge of surveying; if you have no field experience, we recommend the Basic Survey Skills course.

Basic Survey Skills

Basic Survey Skills

  • Fee: $700 (1.5 Day Course)
  • Instructor: Brandon Rosgen
  • Prerequisite: None

The Basic Survey Skills course familiarizes students with the fundamentals of surveying, which are required as a prerequisite for the Level I. Applied Fluvial Geomorphology course.

Select Date/Location:

  • selectedJune 1-2, 2024, Seeley Lake, MT

Applied Fluvial Geomorphology

Level IApplied Fluvial Geomorphology

  • Fee: $2,300 (5 Day Course)
  • Instructor: Dave Rosgen
  • Prerequisite: Basic Survey Skills or Field Experience with Survey Techniques

The Applied Fluvial Geomorphology course combines lecture and field applications to familiarize students with the fundamentals of river behavior and the general principles of fluvial geomorphology. Applications of these principles are presented using a stream classification system.

Select Date/Location:

  • selectedJune 3-7, 2024, Seeley Lake, MT
  • selectedSeptember 9 - 13, 2024, Duluth, MN, RESERVED FOR MN DNR REFERRALS ONLY!
  • selectedOctober 21-25, 2024, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Fayetteville, AR
  • selectedNovember 4-8, 2024, Resource Institute, Asheville, NC

River Morphology and Applications

Level IIRiver Morphology and Applications

  • Fee: $2,300 (5 Day Course)
  • Instructor: Dave Rosgen
  • Prerequisite: Level I. Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (AFG)

The River Morphology & Applications course trains students to conduct a geomorphic characterization and delineate stream types using the stream classification method as published in Applied River Morphology (Rosgen, 1996)

Select Date/Location:

  • selectedJuly 8-12, 2024, Bend, OR
  • selectedSeptember 16-20, 2024, Ennis MT

River Assessment and Monitoring

Level IIIRiver Assessment and Monitoring

  • Fee: $3,500 (10 Day Course)
  • Instructor: Dave Rosgen
  • Prerequisite: Level I. Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (AFG) and Level II. River Morphology & Applications (RMA)

The River Assessment & Monitoring course includes "hands-on" techniques for field measurements, data analysis and interpretations, and the use of replicate studies for verification and time-trend analysis.

Select Date/Location:

  • selectedAugust 19-29, 2024, Targhee, Alta, WY

River Restoration and Natural Channel Design

Level IVRiver Restoration and Natural Channel Design

  • Fee: $3,500 (10 Day Course)
  • Instructor: Dave Rosgen
  • Prerequisite: Level I. Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (AFG), Level II. River Morphology & Applications (RMA), and Level III. River Assessment & Monitoring (RAM)

Natural channel design principles are utilized in this "hands-on" course that provides training in river restoration, stabilization, and aquatic habitat enhancement. The complexities involved in natural channel processes require detailed study and a working knowledge of the principles applied in river design; thus the three prerequisite courses help prepare the participants for this advanced river design course.

Select Date/Location:

  • selectedAugust 5-15, 2024, YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO



Registration & Payment Policy:

Credit card information is required during registration to reserve a spot in all courses.  Credit cards are charged only after confirmed acceptance into a course, and registered participants will be notified via email prior to transactions.  Online registration does not guarantee a spot in a class.  You must wait and receive an email confirmation from Wildland Hydrology stating a Registration Confirmation in each particular course.  All students are required to register through our online registration system.  All course tuition payments will be charged on January 1st of the year attending the short course.  No exceptions.  Arrangements to pay by check can be made (payable to Wildland Hydrology or for all Asheville, NC location classes, paid to Resource Institute – class sponsor), although a credit card is still REQUIRED to reserve a spot.  WE DO NOT ACCEPT purchase orders, SF 182 forms, or electronic transfers.  If paying by company check, Wildland Hydrology must receive your check by no later than January 1st of the year attending the short course.  If no check is received by this date, the student will automatically be dropped from the course.  No exceptions.

Full tuition must be paid by no later than the January 1st of the year attending the short course.  We no longer accept or charge course deposits.  We only charge full course tuition amounts.  The credit card on file will be charged unless an alternative payment is received.  The fee for each course includes the course tuition and course materials only; participants are all responsible for their own food and lodging unless noted otherwise; paid directly to the resort or business; not paid through Wildland Hydrology.  If full payment is not received by January 1st of the year attending the short course, the student will automatically be dropped from the course and we will go to the waitlist to fill this new open spot.  No exceptions.  Students are not allowed to roll their paid tuition to the next year if they cancel from a course.  If they cancel and cannot find a substitute, they will forfeit their paid tuition. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Cancellations received in writing BEFORE full tuition payments are charged on January 1st of the year attending the short course will not be charged a fee or penalized. No money paid, no money refunded. However, once full tuition is paid, it will not be refunded. No exceptions. Substitutions are encouraged. Students are not allowed to roll their tuition payments to the next year. Once tuition is paid, the student must either attend the course, send a substitute to take their place or forfeit their full tuition paid.

Although rare, Wildland Hydrology reserves the right to cancel a class and refund all tuition payments received. All refunds will be by check only — NO EXCEPTIONS.

Waitlist Policy:

Many classes fill rapidly — for classes that are full, we accept waitlist registrations by completing the registration form (please specify in the comments box any additional classes you wish to be waitlisted for). Credit card information supplied at the time of registration will not be charged for participants placed on a waitlist. If slots become available for the course, Wildland Hydrology will offer admission to all waitlisted registrants. The first person to respond back to WH, will get the open spot. Waitlisted registrants will also be given early email notification to register for classes offered the following year. Wildland Hydrology will not automatically register waitlisted students in the next open class. All students must re-register for the next year's course.

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