Not all training takes place in a classroom. We’ve put together a searchable library of recorded modules, webinars, videos and other resources to help our staff and partners find professional development information on a variety of topics.

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Title Subject Skill Format Description Source
How to use Haney Tests Soil Soil Health and Management Webinar

The Haney test tries to assess biological activity in your soil. The results include many different metrics representing microbial activity and…

UMN

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 8 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the final session of an eight-session webinar series.  This session will focus on how agencies and NGOs can benefit from, and contribute…

NRCS

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 7 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the seventh session of an eight-session webinar series.   This session will focus on how agencies and NGOs can benefit from, and…

NRCS

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 6 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the sixth session of an eight-session webinar series.  This session will focus on how ecological site descriptions are being utilized to…

NRCS

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 5 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the fifth session of an eight-session webinar series.  This session will focus on how ecological site descriptions are being utilized in…

NRCS

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 4 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the fourth session of an eight-session webinar series.  Session four focuses on presentations that demonstrate how to mine and analyze…

NRCS

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 3 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the third session of an eight-session webinar series.  Session three focuses on presentations that demonstrate how to mine and analyze…

NRCS

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 2 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the second session of an eight-session webinar series.  Session 2 provides a thorough review of the basic concepts of ecological sites,…

NRCS

Ecological Site Descriptions: An Interdisciplinary and Interagency Effort - Webinar 1 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This is the first session of an eight-session webinar series.  Session one provides a review of the history and use, from range site descriptions…

NRCS

Technical Training Individual Development Plan (IDP) Tool: staff/user training Webinar

User (NRCS/SWCD/TSA staff) training: All NRCS, TSA, and SWCD staff with an existing eLINK account can create and update their own…

NRCS & BWSR

Technical Training Individual Development Plan (IDP) Tool: manager training Webinar

Manager-specific training: All eLINK users with a “Manager” role within an NRCS, SWCD, TSA can view and edit training needs and…

NRCS & BWSR

Basic Grassed Waterway - Video 3 Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

13 mins, 57 secs

This is a 3 part video from a 2018 webinar covering the practice standard contents and design concepts for…

Basic Grassed Waterway - Video 2 Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

30 mins, 47 secs

This is a 3 part video from a 2018 webinar covering the practice standard contents and design concepts for field…

NRCS & BWSR

Basic Grassed Waterway - Video 1 Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

27 mins, 47 secs 

This is a 3 part video from a 2018 webinar covering the practice standard contents and design concepts for…

NRCS & BWSR

Webinar 3: Wetlands Ecology for Planners - How Wetlands Function Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics

(Time: 1 hour, 56 mins) This is the third webinar, delivered in 5 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training…

ASWM and NRCS

Webinar 2: Wetlands in a Watershed at the Landscape Scale Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

(Time: 1 hour, 32 mins) Webinar 2: Wetlands in a Watershed at the Landscape Scale

ASWM and NRCS

Understanding the Science Behind Riparian Forest Buffers: Effects on Water Quality Practice Specific Reference Material

A publication by Virginia Cooperative Extension that describes the effects of riparian buffers on sediment, nutrients and other pollutants as well…

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Tillage Implements Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy Online Course

This course will review tillage calculation tools, primary tillage implements, and secondary tillage implements used in a corn/soybean setting.…

NRCS

Side Dressing Cover Crops into Corn with Rob Olson and Daughters Practice Specific Video

(Time: 13 mins, 34 secs) Producer Rob Olson and daughters Nicole and Kari demonstrate inter-seeding cover crops into corn on their farm in Clay…

Minnesota NRCS

Nitrogen Smart Practice Specific Online Course

(Time: minimum 2 hours) An interactive training program for producers that presents the fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen…

University of Minnesota Extension 

High Tunnel System Practice Specific Video

(Time: 10 mins, 39 secs) This video is about a high tunnel that was built in St. Paul Minnesota by Urban Roots during the summer of 2018 with…

Minnesota NRCS

High Clearance Cover Crop seeder with Andy Linder Practice Specific Video

(Time: 9 mins, 35 secs) Producer Andy Linder of Faribault MN demonstrates how he seeds cover crops into soybeans and corn using his revamped high…

Minnesota NRCS

Forest Management Guidelines Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Forestry Basics and Practices Reference Material

This document outlines the best management practices to be used to protect natural resources on all forest land in Minnesota.

Minnesota Forest Resources Council

Cattle Grazing on Cover Crops in Faribault County, MN Practice Specific Video

(Time: 10 mins, 45 secs) Producer Andy Linder discusses the methods and benefits of grazing steers on Cover Crops.

Minnesota NRCS

Accounting for Human Remains and Burials reformatted.ppt Cultural Resources Online Course

This online training course will help you identify and help you understand how to respond to finding human remains and burials.

NRCS

12 Identifying and Protecting Human Burial Sites Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 21 min, 26 secs) This online training course will help you identify and protect human burial sites.

NRCS

11 Consulting and Cultural Resources Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 17 mins, 34 secs) This online training course will help you understand how to consult with outside parties about cultural resources.

NRCS

10 Cultural Resources GIS Data Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 17 mins, 20 secs) This online training course will help you identify cultural resources in the field.

NRCS

09 LiDAR for Identification of Cultural Resources Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 17 mins, 17 secs) This online training will cover the benefits and challenges with using LiDar to identify cultural resources.

NRCS

08 Avoiding Cultural Resources Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 15 mins, 37 secs) This online training tool will cover avoidance procedures and the preferred MN NRCS methods for treating adverse effects…

NRCS

07 Identifying Cultural Resources in the Field Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 55 mins, 16 seconds). This online training course will help you understand what types of cultural resources may be present in order to help…

NRCS

06 Cultural Resources Review Procedures Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 30 minutes, 41 seconds).  This online video covers the basics of cultural resources (traces of human activity) and how to conduct a…

NRCS

05 Through the Generation Identifying and Protecting Traditional Cultural Properties Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 19 mins, 56 secs) This online training video will help you identify and protect Traditional Cultural Properties.

NRCS

04 Architectural Properties and Farmstead Contexts Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 19 mins, 29 secs). This online course will help you understand direct and indirect effects to cultural resources, especially those adjacent…

NRCS

03 Archaeological Sites and High Probability Locations Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 26 mins, 54 secs). This online course will help you better understand what types of locations have  moderate-to-high potential that contain…

NRCS

02 Archaeology of Minnesota Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 52 mins, 23 secs). This online course will go over the archeological history of Minnesota.

NRCS

01 Introduction to Cultural Resources Cultural Resources Online Course

(Time: 30 mins, 46 secs) This online course will help you better understand cultural resources around Minnesota. 

NRCS

Project Management 101 Project Management Video

(Time: 30 min)  This video provides background and tips for managing projects. The content is broken up into four modules:

  • Module 1…

BWSR

Logic Models: A Natural Resource Example Planning Video

This video (Time: 4:09 min) demonstrates how a logic model can be used to establish short, mid, and long term goals in a natural resource example…

BWSR

A Basic Introduction to Logic Models Planning Video

A logic model is a way of organizing the elements of your plan or project so you can successfully communicate your strategy to funders and…

BWSR

Prescribed Burning Practice Specific Online Course

(Time: will vary)  This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental basics of prescribed burning. At the end of the course the…

Oklahoma State University

Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST) and National Agronomy Technical Note 5 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Pest Management Webinar

(Time: 24:27 min) This third section of the PowerPoint will focus on how to use the WIN-PST tool and mitigating hazard results from the tool by…

NRCS

Integrated Pest Management Conservation Practice Standard (595) Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Pest Management Webinar

(Time: 26:58 min) The second section of the PowerPoint will focus on the standard differences and updates to the new Integrated Pest Management…

NRCS

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Related Conservation Practice Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Pest Management Webinar

(Time: 18:18 min) The first section of the PowerPoint will focus on National General Manual Policy GM190-404 Subparts A-D along with Conservation…

NRCS

CORE 4 Pest Management Technical References and Training Materials Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Pest Management Reference Material

(Time: will vary)  Basic overview of pest management principles.  Materials concentrate on assessing environmental risks of pest management…

NRCS

Using Soil Taxonomy to Identify Hydric Soils Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation with 59 slides describing the hierarchical nature of soil classification and how a particular soil’s…

NRCS

Redoximorphic feature Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation developed by Michael Whited of the NRCS Wetland Science Institute, containing 33 slides. The objectives of the…

NRCS

Hydric Soil Overview Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation developed by Michael Whited of the NRCS Wetland Science Institute, containing 18 slides explaining the…

NRCS

Field Indicators of Hydric Soil Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation developed with the Wetland Science Institute, containing 65 slides covering the general concepts used for…

NRCS

Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This first webinar, presented in 5 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly developed

ASWM and NRCS