Training Events & Opportunities

The CTD is working with NRCS, CDs, and other partners to bring you the training opportunities that you need to succeed. If there is a training subject that you would like to see, let us know:

Special Webinars

For recordings and contents/links of previous webinars, click HERE.

No Scheduled webinars at this time.

Upcoming Training Events

Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff

This course is one of the required Instructor Led trainings for all levels of NRCS Planning Designation/Certification.

Description: This training is designed to provide field level conservationists and resource soil scientists with an overall understanding of soil health and sustainability principles to guide them with recommendations for land management. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to evaluate soil health, have an understanding of soil quality/soil health indicators and their relationship to onsite/offsite effects of management; communicate soil health concerns to employees, partners and land managers through conservation technical assistance and planning that complies with national policy; and apply soil health and sustainability principles and conservation technology holistically to supply safe, healthy and abundant food and fiber and sustain ecosystem functions on agricultural lands.

Two courses will be offered:

  • July 10-12, 2018 Ephrata, WA
Ephrata Agenda (tentative, may change)
Classroom Location: Grant County Public Works Bld, 125 Enterprise St, Ephrata, WA
Field visits start in Grant County (irrigated) and end in Douglas County (dryland).
(Class is FULL)
  • July 24-26, 2018 Olympia, WA
Olympia Agenda (tentative, may change)
Classroom Location: NRCS-USDA Conference Room, 1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia, WA
Field visits around Thurston County.
(Class is FULL)

NRCS will also hold another training tentatively June 25-27, 2019 at the PMC in Pullman, WA for East side participants. (Class is FULL)

No prerequisites required.
Space is limited for all classes, and all new signups are on a wait list status as most classes are already full. Click here to put yourself on the registration/wait list.

For information, contact:
NRCS – Tracy Hanger |
CD – Nichole Embertson |

2018 Core Training Events

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development 

This course is over for 2018! Keep your eyes on the training calendar for 2019-20 offerings.

Introduction to Conservation Planning

Coming in Winter 2018! Stay tuned for specific dates.
Let us know if you are interested in this course HERE
Your interest will help us gauge class size and location.
Space is limited, so get in your pre-registration information now!

This course is currently under a major renovation. Look for fantastic changes for 2018. Stay tuned for more information to be posted soon! We will send out an announcement and post in our newsletter. Dont get our newsletter? Sign up for it via GovDelivery HERE.

In the are eligible to attend the three week NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp. For scholarship information go to: NACD.

2018 CTD Training Events

No events scheduled at this time. Stay tuned for FY19 events coming soon!

Other Training Opportunities

The following are training opportunities being offered around the State. Please contact the appropriate coordinator for more information about these non-CTD sponsored training opportunities.

Working Effectively with American Indians training opportunity

This is a required training for the NRCS Planner Designation "Certified" Level.

Date: August 13 - 17th, 2018
Location: Port Gamble S'Klallam Reservation, Kingston, WA
Who: Training is open to federal agencies, Washington Conservation Districts and tribes. Others may be considered if room
Cost: No registration fee. Participants are responsible for food and lodging costs. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Point Hotel, Kingston, WA.
Registration: Click here to register.
Deadline to register is July 30, 2018.

In this week-long course, participants will enjoy learning from local tribal representatives and NRCS employees from across the country who have many years of experience working with tribal nations.

Discover a working knowledge of:
• Traditional tribal ways, the role of tribal elders, and cultural dos and don’ts;
• The history of American Indian Tribes, treaties between tribes and the US government, executive order, laws, acts, policy, and tribal land status;
• What is federal trust responsibility, consultation, and protocols when working with federally recognized tribes as a government representative;
• What it means to work nation to nation and/or government to government with sovereign nations, how to build partnerships with tribes, and an understanding of tribal law and tribal governments;
• How to identify and navigate around obstacles/barriers to working with tribes by using tools such as the Nine Steps of Conservation Planning, the guiding principles of federal employees’ roles and responsibilities, the Indigenous Stewardship Guide, and agency general manual.

Space is limited. For more information, contact Robin Slate at or Mark Craven at

Visit the Washington NRCS website to view the draft agenda.

ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series

NRCS has entered into an agreement with the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) to develop a nine-part wetland training webinar series designed to provide participants with a general level of knowledge about wetlands and wetland restoration options and considerations.  

There is no cost to register for the webinar and the webinar will be recorded and available for replay for those not able to participate live. If you have any questions about registering for a webinar, please contact Laura from ASWM at:

This webinar series has been developed to providing training for Conservation Planners about key wetland concepts and restoration considerations as they work with clients on issues that involve wetlands. Participants do not require prior knowledge of or training on wetlands.

Participants will come away from trainings with key knowledge, the ability to be more conversant about wetland issues, knowing what questions to ask when looking at restoration opportunities, and knowing when to contact or bring in an expert. This webinar series ties in with the NRCS nine-step planning process, focusing on Phase I collection and analysis steps: identify problems, determine objectives, inventory resources and analyze resource data.

For those of you who have wetland backgrounds, much of this will be good review/refresh information, for those that do not have wetland backgrounds but work on or interact with the wetland easement programs, these sessions will provide useful technical information.

Webinars in the Training Series:

Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands - June 22, 2018
Webinar 2: Wetlands in a Watershed/at the Landscape Scale
Webinar 3: Wetland Ecology for Planners: How a Wetland Should Function
Webinar 4: Wetland Ecology for Planners: Examples of Variation Across the United States
Webinar 5: Dealing with Reality: How to Work with Wetlands in Altered Landscapes
Webinar 6: Identifying Resource Concerns and Determining Landowner Objectives
Webinar 7: How to Talk about Wetlands with Landowners
Webinar 8: What are Wetland Restoration Choices? Matching Objectives to Programs and Getting Additional Help
Webinar 9: Dealing with Challenging Weather Patterns in Restoration Planning

NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture

The NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture course is now available in AgLearn (search for “Air Quality and Animal Agriculture” after you log into AgLearn). This course introduces NRCS employees and others to the air emissions associated with animal operations and provides some information on how we can help mitigate these emissions. This course is the fifth in the air quality-related series (Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy; Why Should We Care About Air Quality; Air Quality Resource Concerns; and Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestration are the others), so feel free to add this course to your learning plan to learn more about air emissions associated with animal production.

The non-eAuthentication versions of the new NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture course were activated on the eXtension Air Quality in Animal Agriculture page ( - see the link to the NRCS courses at: and on Conservation ( These links are now active and can be accessed by our partners, if you so choose.

National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) - *new peer-to-peer web conference series*

The National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) is excited to introduce a new peer-to-peer web conference series to support conservation planning staff and partners. Developed as part of a national priority to reinvigorate conservation planning, the interactive workshops will help to ensure that our field staff are fully engaged and have the right tools to work one-on-one with our diverse customer base.

You are invited to join in on this ongoing opportunity to communicate and share your innovative work with colleagues, nationally.

Each month, a new state will host a conversation focused on hot topics and creative solutions surrounding nationwide efforts to put conservation planning first.

Check out what is coming up next

Unfamiliar with NCPP?

The National Conservation Planning Partnership is made up of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA), and the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC).

The partnership was formed in FY 2015 to emphasize the critical role that conservation planning plays in advancing voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. Since then, NCPP has worked to “Reinvigorate Conservation Planning” by implementing goals and actions that support proven approaches, offer new tools, and expand training to enhance the ability of our workforce to deliver sound conservation planning assistance.

NCPP has developed a strategy that ensures our field staff have the right expertise, are stationed in the right locations, and have enough time to work one-on-one with our diverse customer base. We have been working with the help of four subcommittees to address training gaps, technology and tools, communication needs, accountability and partnerships — to ensure we are meeting our customers’ expectations for the challenges ahead in conservation and agriculture.

Westside Pasture Calendar Training 2017

Funded in part by WSARE Professional Development Program

A multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team was awarded a PDP grant from Western SARE to host a total of eight training events in western Oregon and Washington in 2017 – 2018 focused on training ag professionals. The training is free for attendees and paid from a WSARE PDP grant. To attend you must register following the information below. The team has developed and now published the Westside Pasture Calendar as a PNW Extension Bulletin through the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and Washington State University.

The Calendar summarizes key concepts for good decision making and pasture management concepts for westside pasture and livestock producers. Training ag professional is the best means to extend the information and bring the Calendar life. With today’s professional facing limited travel and low budgets, the team approached WSARE with the idea of bringing the training to key westside locations for intensive, 8 am until 5 pm training workshops. The training events will take place November 14 – 17 at Coquille, Roseburg, Corvallis and Tillamook, OR, respectively. Starting December 5 – 8 at Mount Vernon, Port Hadlock, Olympia and Vancouver, WA, respectively, will complete this opportunity for Pasture Calendar training.

A very intensive training schedule has been developed for this one-day event. Training starts with an overview of westside pastures, Calendar overview, Calendar details 1 (macro view), Calendar details 2 (micro view), westside pasture grasses and legumes, westside soils and fertility, grazing management and animal performance, then wrapping up training with attendees participating in different westside pasture situations and challenges. Greenhouse grown seedlings of adapted grasses and legumes will be viewed during lunch and there will be multiple evaluations throughout the day. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day, including lunch, all at no cost to attendees. Trainees will be provided with a pasture stick, designed for westside pasture conditions and USB drives with the Calendar, presentations and other resources uploaded.

To attend this free Calendar training and to view the agenda, please visit and search “Pasture Calendar Training” or visit the URL

The training agenda is found at the site. If you have any questions, please contact: in Oregon: Gene Pirelli (971) 612-0027; and in Washington: Steve Fransen (509) 786-9266;

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