Research and Monitoring

The Protected Areas System provides a well-distributed landbase for research and monitoring projects. BC Parks encourages partnerships with schools and community groups to pursue research or monitoring projects of mutual interest.

To find how you can get involved, contact BC parks.

Research and Monitoring Partners

Universities and Colleges

Both in BC and outside BC, universities and colleges have chosen our protected areas system as the location for research projects.

University of Victoria

Undergraduate field school in geography has piloted some monitoring protocols and graduate class in policy has analysed field data.

Simon Fraser University

Masters students have used real problems in protected areas management as the focus of capstone projects.

University of British Columbia

An undergraduate class in forestry is collecting a long-term data set on treeline movement in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Vancouver Island University

The advanced GIS course has provided students to work on important projects to advance our ability to adapt to climate change.

Thompson River University

Graduate students have worked in protected areas on small mammals and grazing.

Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)

This group of American Universities (Oregon State, Stanford, UCSC and UCSB) have partnered with BCParks to put in monitoring plots in the intertidal zone. The plots in BC are part of a series of plots that runs from Baja California to Alaska and will give us information about changes in coastal ecological communities.

DiveSafe International

A college in Campbell River that partners with BCParks to monitor the subtidal zone around Mitlenatch Island.

University of Washington, Friday Harbor Labs

A class from the Friday Harbor Labs has been monitoring the intertidal zone at Botanical Beach since 1992. A report of their findings so far is available. View Report

Other BC ministries and governments outside BC

BC Ministry of Forests research plots in coastal parks.

Community groups

North Okanagan Naturalist Club has conducted an annual bird survey in Okanagan Mountain since 19xx.
Semiahoo Naturalists work on a number of projects in Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area including mapping and monitoring eel grass, and mapping and monitoring forage fish spawning habitat.


Sea Change is an NGO that has partnered with BCParks in their significant efforts to monitor and restore Eel grass beds in the Salish Sea.

Ecotourism Operators

Hakai Beach Institute is located on Calvert Island, within Hakai Luxvbalis Conservancy. They are open to suggestions for monitoring and research projects for their staff and clients.

Associations and Forums

The BC Protected Areas Research Forum brings together park managers and researchers from universities, colleges and First Nations in a biannual forum to provide away to link the information needs of park managers with the knowledge and research capabilities of universities and First Nations. It includes all levels of protected areas from municipal and regional district parks to provincial and federal parks.