Training Events

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, or have a training related question, contact:

Working toward Planner Certification? Need specific NRCS training?  

 Read more about the TNI and how we use it: Training Needs Inventory (TNI) 

Upcoming Webinars and Training

Riparian Planning Considerations 

Stay tuned for more upcoming webinars!  Have a webinar idea or training need?  Let us know!

 Going to miss a webinar? Don't worry, they are all recorded and posted in the CTD Training Library

NRCS Training Events

Upcoming NRCS Training events:

Riparian Planning Considerations Training

Click HERE to register.

Olympia, WA

Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 2024 (Monday and Friday will be half days for travel)

Hosted by CTD and NRCS

Course Contacts: 

CD Staff: Jan Thomas, 

NRCS Staff: Rachel Maggi,

This training is for planners who want a greater understanding of species and factors important in riparian revegetation efforts. Course will cover topics such as  soils, hydrology, site preparation, weed control, species, plant materials and planting strategies. Course will be a mix of classroom and outdoor hands-on sessions. 

Please register only if you are able to commit to attending the course as space is limited. Basic knowledge of NRCS terms and the 9-step planning process is required; please reach out if you need links to refreshers on these concepts.  Questions? Please email Jan at

 Please contact Jan at for registration information, and be sure to request all NRCS courses through the Training Needs Inventory!

Recordings from virtual NRCS training events:

Training Scholarships

Need training, but don't have financial support to attend? The CTD offers scholarships to support your learning!

The CTD is offering a limited number of either $250 or $500 training scholarships to support those looking to complete on-line or in-person training for professional development by June 30, 2024. Please fill out the following application to be considered. You will be notified within 2 weeks of submitting your request. 

You can request multiple trainings or training blocks throughout the year. 

Note: This scholarship CANNOT be used for the WADE conference (they will have a unique scholarship opportunity). You must complete the requested training by June 30, 2024. This scholarship supports time and registration cost only (no per diem or indirect).

Partner Training Resources

Partner Training Resources

Organic Farming Research Foundation - FREE Soil Health and Organic Farming Webinar series. Topics include building organic matter, cover crops, water management and water quality, nutrient management, and soil health. 

WSU Forest Stewardship Webinars - We offer periodic live webinars on various forest stewardship topics. The webinars are free, but pre-registration is required.  

Working Remotely During COVID-19 - Find a list of helpful tools, and training modules to help you or staff work remotely effectively. 

AgLearn  - AgLearn is an on-line training hub for conservation planners and engineers. Find more resources on how to access and troubleshoot AgLearn HERE

NRCS Science and Technology Training Library - Learn, Earn and Save by joining over 56,000 viewers that have participated in webinars hosted on the Webinar Portal, the leading free multi-disciplinary training and extension webinar platform. 

ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series - This webinar series has been designed to provide participants with a general level of knowledge about wetlands and wetland restoration options and considerations. Participants will come away 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. 

NAISMA - The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) is the continent’s authority on invasive species management.

LPELC Webinar Series - The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Community (LPELC) offers a free monthly webinar on a variety of issues related to animal manure management. 

eXtension Campus - eXtension offers a central listing of fee-based courses available through Campus on a variety of topics such as agriculture,  energy, pest management, community, and more. There are selections for both planners, educators, and landowners alike. 

Cornell Online Farmer Courses -  The Cornell Small Farms Program offers a suite of more than 20 online PAID courses, primarily taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, to help farmers improve their technical and business skills. Take them yourself, or pass along to landowners. 

Training/Webinar Archive

Below are the past few webinars hosted by CTD. 

The CTD Training Library features a full list of recorded webinars. 

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 1:00-2:00 PM

Panelists: Jennifer Boie, Palouse CD; Anna Lael, Kittitas Co. CD; Ryan Williams, Cascadia CD; and Eric Schuh, Snohomish CD.  Moderated by Shana Joy, WSCC

Are you leading or participating in implementing an RCPP? Are you interested in applying for your own RCPP? Join us to hear from experienced RCPP leaders from across the state about their experiences, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and tools for successful implementation of an RCPP. 

Note: For recent informational RCPP webinars hosted by NRCS WA, please visit the Regional Conservation Partnership Program | NRCS Washington webpage. 

Presenters: Nichole Embertson, Whatcom CD; Laura Redmond, King CD; Addie Candib, AFT

Proper manure management is an important practice for animal operations that can provide a valuable resource for land managers while protecting water quality and enhancing soil health.  Manure management practices, particularly those that contain and control manure runoff, protect water quality by retaining valuable nutrients and preventing transport to surface and ground water resources.  American Farmland Trust, King Conservation District, and Whatcom Conservation District’s Washington Discovery Farms® program collaborated on a project in the South Puget Sound to assess and promote the best management practice (BMP) of on-farm dry manure storage for water quality protection. 

Presented on: September 23, 2021

Presenter: Kari Quaas, Snohomish CD and Nichole Embertson, CTD

You may have attended trainings on how to host or present a virtual meeting or event, but what about moderation? Moderating a meeting is just as (or more!) important for making sure it runs smoothly and highlights the content. Join us for strategies, tips, and techniques for easily moderating a meeting or event like a pro! 

Presented: August 19, 2021

Presenter: Michael Hipp, Snohomish CD

Keeping a horse - housing, feeding, providing room to exercise and be a horse - is not only challenging, but can be very expensive and challenging on small acreages typically adjacent to waterways, in western Washington. Horses are non-native creatures introduced to our soils and landscape in the 1700s, and their impact on the ecosystem is widely felt. Sound Horsekeeping is a program from the Snohomish Conservation District to help people not only mitigate those impacts but to do so in a way that is of benefit to the horse and the human. Find out what the program is, how it is done, and why it is needed, now more than ever. 

Presented on: July 15, 2021

Presented on: June 14-16, 2021 

Presented on: May 25-26, 2021

You may have missed the training, but the presentations and videos posted HERE!

Presented on: April 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2021

Putting on a training event but need help? Contact us for help with virtual platforms, advertising, coordination, and any other support you need: