to Climate Change: A Short Course for Land Managers
Climate Change Resource Center.
Information in this short course summarizes science for natural resource managers and decision-makers regarding climate variability, change, climate projections, and ecological and management responses to climate variability, primarily in the western U.S. The information and talks included were produced from a July 2008 workshop that brought together key U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey scientists, and a select group of pioneering resource managers who served as reviewers and discussants.
Education for Natural Resources Professionals
The program is split into two levels - Technical Leadership and Program Leadership.
Technical Leadership workshops emphasize fisheries, wildlife and botany and include "Workshops
on Demand". Program Leadership workshops are applicable to all natural resource
professionals, addressing the topics of policy, leadership, communications, values,
economics, program management, budget, and personnel. A Calendar of Workshops is available for quick assessment - grouped by topic, then by date.
Training and Seminars
The seminars stimulate deliberations and problem
solving for issues related to unique areas of natural
National Conservation Training Center - Training Programs
Fish and Wildlife Service.
See also: Online Training
for a variety of online, interactive, or collaborative courses, references and resources.
Ash Borer Community Preparedness Presentations
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
In Jun 2010, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of
Natural Resources, University of Minnesota and the City of St. Paul presented
workshops throughout Minnesota to provide information
to communities preparing for the arrival of the Emerald ash borer.
County (Washington) Noxious Weed Control Program - Class Schedule
King County Department of Natural Resources (Washington).
Water and Land Resources Division.
AIS-HACCP: Aquatic Invasive Species - Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point
Minnesota Sea Grant; Sea Grant Great Lakes Network.
AIS-HACCP is a self-inspection system for reducing the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species through aquaculture, hatchery, scientific, natural resource, and baitfish harvesting activities. This adaptable way to protect waterways from unwanted species was derived from HACCP methods required for the seafood industry and builds on Sea Grant’s success in assisting industry compliance. Sea Grant's collaborative AIS HACCP training workshops have resulted in more than 200 AIS-HACCP plans.
International Short Course in Agroecology, Integrated
Pest Management (IPM)
and Sustainable Agriculture
Michigan State University. World Technology Access
Michigan State University (MSU) is recognized as a center of excellence in international agricultural development and training. A multidisciplinary faculty will organize a two-week course focusing on the principles of agroecology, integrated pest management (IPM) and sustainable agriculture. The course will provide meaningful exposure to topics related to appropriate technology. The course will also address the social and equity issues in agriculture. Participants will receive background information and publications on these subjects.
Aquatic Weed Control Short Course
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
The Short Course features leading experts in Aquatic and Upland vegetation management, and is designed to benefit those new to the industry and experienced professionals seeking a comprehensive update.
Boats, Clean Waters Watercraft Inspection
University of Wisconsin. Extension Lakes Program.
Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program.
The program offers a series
of training workshops across the state each spring and
summer. These workshops provide an opportunity to learn
how and why educational awareness is so important in
preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. See Clean Boats, Clean Waters Training Schedule.
Events and Workshops
University of California Agriculture & Natural Resources. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.
UC IPM provides opportunities for additional learning in the form of presentations, conferences, workshops and hands-on training. Additional educational materials, including videos, DVDs, books, and leaflets, are available in the Publications section. See Online training for online interactive learning opportunities.
Reptile Early Detection and Documentation (REDDy)
University of Florida. IFAS.
Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation.
REDDy is a free, online course that will teach
participants how to recognize and report large, invasive
Plant Inventory and Survey Methods for Land Managers:
A Web Seminar Series
Montana State University. Center for Invasive
In early 2010, six live web seminars on invasive plant inventory and survey methods
were offered by the Center for Invasive Plant Management and the Western Integrated
Pest Management Center. This seminar series was based on chapters from the publication Inventory
and Survey Methods for Nonindigenous Plant Species - Table of Contents (PDF
| 392 KB) (L.J. Rew and M.L. Pokorny, editors, 2006, Montana State University
Extension). Seminars recordings and presentations are available online.
Areas Training Academy
University of Florida; Nature Conservancy.
The Natural Areas Training Academy brings together regional land management experts from numerous agencies and organizations as well as extension specialists and agents to provide training and share experiences with newer land managers. The Academy is managed by The University of Florida's Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. The Certificate in Natural Areas Management is awarded upon completion of a series of five workshops covering the most important topics identified by land management experts, and is conferred by the Natural Areas Training Academy.
North American Invasive
Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (NAIPSC)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
The NAIPSC Online Community houses information about the NAIPSC Field Course, instructors, resources, and future opportunities to increase your knowledge of invasive plants.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural
The University of Florida's Pesticide Information and Education Program provides information, educational programs, and materials to: 1) Persons who use pesticides as a part of their livelihood; 2) Consumers with questions about use and impact of pesticides in their daily lives; 3) Faculty and students; 4) Decision makers, such as local, state, and federal government regulators and legislators. Includes Licensing & Certification, Online CEU Modules, Laws, Regulations & Policy, and other related information.
Pesticide Risk Reduction Education Short Courses
University of Hawai'i - Mānoa. College of Tropical
Agriculture and Human Resources.
In-depth two-day short course is about handling pesticides (including herbicides) in ways that will reduce risks to people and our environment. The short course is offered to help those who are preparing to take the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's exam for certification to buy, use, or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides in Hawaii. Study packet, 400+ pages, in print form may be ordered without registering for the short course.
TAME Invasive CEU Courses
University of Florida.
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. TAME Invasives
Weed Research & Information Center - Events
University of California. Cooperative Extension & Agricultural Experiment Station.
See also: Online Education Programs
- The Aquatic Weed School (scheduled during the Fall of even-numbered years) is an intensive two-day course focusing on issues associated with developing weed management strategies in a variety of aquatic ecosystems.
- The Weed Science School is an intensive 2-1/2 day course focusing on the mode and mechanism of herbicide activity in plants and the fate of herbicides in the environment. The school is designed for those involved in consulting, research, development, or sales of agricultural chemicals in either the private or public sector and provides a rare opportunity for professionals to efficiently update their understanding of weed science and the action of herbicides in the plant and the environment. Emphasis is on herbicides registered for use in California and important weeds within the state. Weed science professionals will appreciate the latest research provided by some of the most respected weed scientists in the world.
- The annual Weed Day event provides an opportunity for pest control advisors, farm advisors, chemical company cooperators, college faculty and students, and regulatory officials to learn about current weed science research at UC Davis.
California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and Professional
California Native Plant Society.
The Plant Science Training Program specializes in providing
workshops for professional botanists, biologists, and ecologists
to teach the skills and provide the tools and resources
for conducting sound scientific surveys for rare plants,
rare plant communities, vegetation, and wetlands.
Certified Manager of Invasive Plants (CMIP)
North American Invasive Species Management Association.
A North American Certification Program For Managers of Invasive Plants is a certification program sponsored by North American Management Association. North American certification is a voluntary program that provides recognition of professional and technical competency. Others may chose to make it a job related requirement for employment, promotion, training, etc.
Ash Borer University
Emerald Ash Borer Information Network.
Free webinars organized by various topics available
Detector Training for the Master Gardener
The National Plant Diagnostic Network Training and Education Committee provides
an easily accessible source of information, presentation materials, and images
related to the detection of exotic or newly introduced plant pests.
and Natural Resources Webinars
Southern Regional Extension Forestry. Forestry and
Natural Resources Webinar Portal.
Nonnative plants continue to invade and spread
through forests in the South. These infestations increasingly
erode forest productivity, hinder forest use and management
activities, and degrade diversity, habitat, and our
recreational experiences. Managers and landowners need
to recognize and be able to identify these threats.
Archived webinars are available to view at any time.
Analysis-Critical Control Point (HACCP) - Managing Natural Resource Pathways
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Planning
for Natural Resource Management.
HACCP Planning is an international standard (ASTM
E2590 - 09) for reducing or eliminating the spread
of unwanted species during specific processes or practices
or in materials or products. Provides HACCP Plans, Tools, Documents, and Training / Workshops (not offered since 2011).
Resistant Weeds Training Modules
Weed Science Society of America.
WSSA offers a free training program designed
to educate pesticide applicators, growers, agrichemical
retailers, farm consultants and other stakeholders on
herbicide resistance in weeds – a costly problem
that threatens crop production across the U.S. and
around the globe. The training is a peer reviewed (available
also in Spanish), five-module program available as Web-based
training, PowerPoint slides or video. WSSA plans to work with grower organizations,
government agencies and others to disseminate the materials,
with a special emphasis on reaching growers and agrichemical
See also: Weed
Science Society of America Launches Free Training
Program on the Causes and
Management of Herbicide Resistance in Weeds (Sep 27,
(Invasive Plant Control) Web Solutions - Outreach
IPC Web Solutions; University of Georgia, Center for
Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
A public/private partnership to develop advanced web-based tools to assist in management of invasive plants. Series of videos to assist in the management of invasive species.
Plant Diagnostic Network First Detector On-line Training
National Plant Diagnostic Network.
The First Detector Training course is designed for county extension agents, crop consultants, specialists, growers, Master Gardeners, and anyone who works in the field with tree, plant and food crop production. In addition, you can also access e-learning modules for Protect U.S., the community invasive species network, and the Sentinel Plant Network. Requires a free account to access.
Organic Land Care Accreditation
Northeast Organic Farming Association Organic Land
Growing public awareness of pesticide use hazards and new legislation mandating
least toxic and non-toxic alternatives are fueling a new market opportunity for
professionals with knowledge of organic land care. This 30-hour course for professionals
will provide the education needed for an understanding of organic land care design
Biosecurity Management Course
Education Network (EDEN).
Resources to Engage Agricultural Producers in U.S. Biosecurity Efforts. Designed for Extension advisors, agents, and specialists who understand the urgency of plant protection and will have the opportunity to teach plant biosecurity management to those involved in the U.S. agricultural sector.
Training Workshops - Introduction to Science Filmmaking
Offering immersion workshop to participants to communicate scientific findings,
natural history information, or conservation messages by creating compelling,
professional-quality videos. Workshop are attending for academic scientists
at any level and professional biologists. Interested individuals from the general
public will be also be considered.
Stream Restoration Program - River Courses
North Carolina State University.
The NC State University Stream Restoration Program offers a series of River Course professional development workshops to serve the needs of environmental professionals, including engineers, ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, landscape architects, planners and natural resource program managers.
The Stewardship Network - Online Training
The Stewardship Network.
The Stewardship Network connects, equips and mobilizes people and organizations to care for land and water in their communities.. The Stewardship Network presents monthly webcasts covering a variety of conservation and land management topics (including invasive species) on the second Wednesday of each month.
Training: Species Identification
Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.
The invasive species education modules will help you become more comfortable with identifying these species in the field. Each module includes a short ten question quiz at the end to help you assess your newly acquired knowledge.
Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training - Level 1 Inspector Training
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Aquatic
There are two levels of Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination
Level I Training is directed at state, federal and local natural resource and boating agency personnel, water users of all types, law makers, policy makers, and border/lake inspection personnel, marina operators and commercial boat transport operators. Inspector and Decontamination Training is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon become active in setting-up or implementing watercraft inspection and decontamination programs for their respective agencies, organizations or businesses. For schedule, see Upcoming Classes. Also see related videos.
Workshop Material: Preventing the Introduction & Spread
of Invasive Species and Yellow Starthistle
University of California Cooperative Extension. Central
Includes presentations, publications and handouts,
and workshop videos.
Wide-Area Monitoring Webinars
Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center.
Two free webinars on regional monitoring of pests and
weather from the Wide-Area Monitoring and Forecasting Meeting (Mar 1, 2011 in Simsbury, Connecticut).
Invasive Weed Field Courses
California Invasive Plant Council.
Field courses provide expert instruction on core topics
for wildland weed management. Courses are designed
for professional land managers and restoration volunteers — newcomers
and old-timers, professionals and committed volunteers
Also provides information to become a Cal-IPC Training Wildland
Manager, for Habitat Restoration Workdays, and in response to training needs of the natural resource management community, Cal-IPC produces training videos on a number of topics.