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:

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

Need training, but dont have financial support to attend? The CTD has $250 Training Scholarships available to help! If you can complete your training by June 30, 2021, please consider applying for a training scholarship HERE.

Highlighted Upcoming Events

(see more detail and registration links under "Upcoming Webinars and Training" tab)

Environmental Permitting on Working Lands - presentations and videos now posted

WADE Annual Conference - June 14-16, 2021 @ 9:00-3:00 each day

How to Develop and Deliver an Engaging Virtual Conference Presentation (Encore) - September 1 @ 1:00-3:00

Upcoming Webinars and Training

For recordings of previous webinars, check out the CTD Training Library or click on the "Training/Webinar Archive" tab below.

Effective Facilitation Techniques for Everyone

May 25-26, 2021 (May 25 @ 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and May 26 @ 9:00-12:00 PM)

Video recording coming soon!

Presenter: Ray Ledgerwood

Join the great Ray Ledgerwood for special 2-day training on practical and effective facilitation skills for planning, facilitating and follow-up to board meetings, local work group meetings, staff meetings, virtual meetings, watershed group meetings, and partner collaboration sessions. This training is for all Washington Conservation District staff and will provide you valuable skills for running better meetings for better outcomes.

Brought to you in partnership by CTD, WADE, and WSCC.

June 14-16, 2021 @ 9:00-3:00 each day

Schedule and registration CLICK HERE!

The CTD and WADE have partnered to bring you the WADE Annual Conference virtually this year! Join us for great Track content, a keynote speaker, social hours and fun activities for networking and connecting with your fellow District family from across the State. Click on the link above for the schedule and registration details.

Scholarship information HERE

WADE Website

Sound Horsekeeping Program: What, How, and Why

July 15, 2021 @ 9:00-10:00


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.

Moderating Virtual Meetings and Events Like a Pro

August 19, 2021 @ 9:00-10:00


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!

Special Training: How to Develop and Deliver an Engaging Virtual Conference Presentation

September 1, 2021 @ 1:00-3:00


Presenter: Cathy Angell (encore recorded presentation) and Nichole Embertson, CTD

What are the best practices for developing a presentation for a virtual conference? How do you engage an audience who can see you but you can’t see them? How do you drill down to the most important message? What if your presentation is pre-recorded? This encore 90-minute training with Cathy Angell specifically addresses the successful design and delivery of a science-based virtual conference presentation. It covers best practices for slide design, as well as effective strategies for keeping a diverse audience involved and engaged. This will be followed up by an overview of available presentation resources curated by the CTD.

WA Discovery Farms Project: Evaluating dry manure storage options for water quality protection across King County, WA

September 23, 2021 @ 9:00-10:00


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.

Training/Webinar Archive

Below are the past few webinars hosted by CTD.

Presenters: Ashley Blazina, DNR and Jennifer Watkins, DNR

Washington Department of Natural Resources is developing an online data sharing platform called Forest Health Tracker, and would like the early input from key partners that we hope will use and benefit from the system! The Forest Health Tracker is a tool designed to compile data and information on forest health projects across all lands in Washington, so that partners can be more aware of past and planned projects in and near their jurisdictions, as well as track the progress of complementary projects and programs. Jennifer Watkins and Ashley Blazina from DNR’s Forest Health & Resiliency Division provide a demonstration of the tool and answer your questions.

Presented on: May 4, 2021

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

This four-day web training, brought to you in partnership by the CTD and NRCS, provides participants with a wealth of information on the regulatory and permit process required to implement conservation actions on aquatic lands including streams, rivers, wetlands, floodplains, and forestlands. Participants also gain awareness of NEPA, SEPA, Federal, State, Tribal, and local permit processes. The target audience includes Washington Conservation District, NRCS, and other agency staff involved in planning and implementing conservation actions on private and Tribal land. A basic knowledge and understanding of NRCS planning process and programs is required.

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

Presenter: Joel Demory, WSDA

This presentation summarizes the WSDA Agricultural Land Use Mapping Program including outlining the program origins, purpose, organization and scope of work. The presentation covered a variety of topics including:

How to access and make the most of WSDA’s mapping data
Examples of how NRAS, WSDA and other statewide entities utilize the data
How the data is used at the federal level
The future of land use mapping

Presented on: Thursday, April 15, 2021

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.

NRCS Training Events

Due to the rapid changing guidance and evolution of the COVID-19 virus, listed training dates and offerings are currently UNCERTAIN at this time. We will list any course changes and/or confirmations as they become available. Please stay tuned and take care!

Recordings from virtual NRCS training events:

2021-22 NRCS Training list coming soon!

NRCS Training events that are now in AgLearn:

Several NRCS trainings are now available as online courses in Aglearn including:

  • Documenting the Environmental Evaluation on the NRCS CPA-52

  • Highly Erodible Lands Compliance (HELC) and Planning

  • Wetland Compliance (WC)

  • Fundamentals of Highly Erodible Land & Wetland Conservation Provisions is now in AgLearn! You can find it at NRCS-NEDC-000409 (NRCS Required: Certified)

  • Basic Soils and Web Soil Survey is now in AgLearn! You can find it as "Using Basic Soil Survey Information in Conservation Planning" NRCS-NEDC-000416 (NRCS Required: Apprentice and Certified)

  • NRCS is now offering a "test out" option for a number of in-person events required for NRCS Planner Designation/Certification. Find more information about those Proficiency Exams HERE.

Training Scholarships and Financial Support

Need training, but dont have financial support to attend? The CTD has $250 Training Scholarships available to help! If you can complete your training by June 30, 2021, please consider applying for a training scholarship HERE.