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
Prairie Pod Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators

The link brings you to a series of podcasts about restoration and management of prairie.  The Prairie Pod communicates the science surrounding…

MN DNR

Seeding and Planting Equipment Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy Video

This course will review seeding and planting equipment used in a corn/soybean setting.

NRCS

Seeding and Planting Equipment Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy Online Course

This course will review seeding and planting equipment used in a corn/soybean setting.

NRCS

Topic 4, Module 12: Using Field Indicators to Assess Long-term Hydrology Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on potential uses of Field Indicators of Hydric Soils to assess hydrologic characteristics of individual wetlands.  This module…

ASWM

Topic 4, Module 11: Using Soils for Mitigation, Voluntary Restoration and Creation Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on how wetland professionals can use soil science principles in onsite decision making for work in the areas of wetland…

ASWM

Topic 4, Module 10: Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on using the NTCHS Indicators of Hydric Soils (Version 7.0) for onsite decision making about soils in the field. This module…

ASWM

Topic 3, Module 9: HGM and Hydric Soils Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on the Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) system and hydric soils. The classification of wetlands in the HGM system is based on landscape…

ASWM

Topic 3, Module 8: Problematic Landscapes and Parent Materials Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on problematic landscapes and parent materials.  Most hydric soils exhibit certain common morphological characteristics that…

ASWM

Topic 3, Module 7: Landscapes and Hydric Soil Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on typical hydric soil morphologies associated with major wetland types-tidal marshes, peat bogs, perennially-inundated swamps…

ASWM

Topic 2, Module 6: The Hydric Soil Technical Standard Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on the Hydric Soil Technical Standard.  The Hydric Soil Technical Standard (HSTS) provides a quantitative method of determining…

ASWM

Topic 2, Module 5: Hydric Soil Functions Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

The module focuses on wetland functions attributed directly to hydric soils. Functions are the biological, chemical, and physical processes that…

ASWM

Topic 2, Module 4: Redox Reactions and Redoximorphic Features Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

This module begins with a review of redox reactions and redoximorphic features. Reduction and concurrent oxidation (redox) are the dominant…

ASWM

Topic 1, Module 3: Describing Soil Color for Hydric Soils Determinations Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

This module focuses on describing soil color.  Soil color and the color patterns in soil can tell you a lot about the soil. It is an especially…

ASWM

Topic 1, Module 2: Soil Texture and Structure Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

This module focuses on two physical soil properties --- texture and structure. Soil texture describes the relative proportions of sand, silt, and…

ASWM

Topic 1, Module 1: The five factors of Soil Formation and Horizonation vs. Simple Processes Wetland Wetland Soils Webinar

This module will cover both the five factors of formation and horizonation vs. simple processes.  The module presentation will begin with a review…

ASWM

Resource Concerns and Planning Criteria Core Competency (Matrix) Webinar

This is a recorded webinar that covers the 2020 resource concerns and planning criteria.

TTCP

Webinar 9: Dealing with Changing Weather Patterns in Wetland Restoration Planning Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This is the ninth webinar, delivered in 4 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar…

ASWM and NRCS

Webinar 8: What are the Choices and Benefits? Matching Objectives to Programs and Getting Additional Help Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This is the eighth webinar, delivered in 5 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar…

ASWM and NRCS

Webinar 7: How to Talk About Wetlands with Landowners Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This is the seventh webinar, delivered in 3 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series.

ASWM and NRCS

Webinar 6: Identifying Resource Concerns and Determining Landowner Objectives Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This is the sixth webinar, delivered in 3 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series.  

ASWM and NRCS

EFT Reference Materials Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Practice Specific Reference Material

These documents support EFT Terrace and Waterway design tools (TDT and WDT).  They include workflows to prepare data for import into EFT and…

TTCP

Basic Hydrology - Modules Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Hydrology Webinar

This video is a recording of the morning portion of the 2018-2019 TTCP Basic Hydrology class PowerPoints.  It covers the science of hydrology,…

TTCP

EFT Preferences Practice Design Practice Specific Video

This video shows how to import preferences, and the "why" behind most of the preferences (i.e. default values) used in EFT in MN.  It also…

TTCP

Webinar 5: Dealing with Reality: How to Work with Wetlands in Altered Landscapes Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This is the fifth webinar, delivered in 5 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar…

ASWM and NRCS

Webinar 4: Wetland Ecology for Planners: Examples of Variation Across the United States Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This is the fourth webinar, delivered in 4 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly-developed nine-part wetland training webinar series. The webinar…

ASWM and NRCS

Soil Health & Sustainability for Field Staff Training Resources Soil Soil Health and Management Reference Material

A compilation of recorded webinars and other resources provided as part of the Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff training in 2019.…

TTCP

Tillage Implements Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy Video

A review of tools for estimating erosion, primary and secondary tillage equipment, and the effects of the equipment on erosion calculations, SCI…

NRCS

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