Conservation Training Network Broadcasts

Live Broadcasts

Broadcasts are delivered online via the Livestream platform from the Conservation Training Network studio located
on the National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) campus near Shepherdstown, WV.

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Click here to view NCTC Live Broadcast - Channel 1.

Please use the Livestream chat room for content questions to the instructor, (Instructions for using the chat on Livestream),
or email your questions to

PLEASE NOTE: All broadcast times listed are  EASTERN TIME. (adjust for your time zone)

If you have technical problems, e-mail or call 304-876-7666. Provide your name and location.

Broadcast Schedule

February 23, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Monarch Conservation Series: Designing and Creating Outdoor Signs for Monarch Waystations and Pollinator Gardens

Do you want to engage and educate the public about the value of your Waystation and pollinator gardens?  Interpretive and educational signage is very valuable in communicating the importance of why it is important to create monarch and other pollinator habitat, but the task of designing, creating, and installing attractive and durable outdoor signs is daunting for many.  This webinar will provide valuable information on how to design and create outdoor signs.  Topics will cover sign types and styles, relative costs of types of signs, examples of effective sign layout and design, recommendations for materials choices, suggestions for how to work with a professional sign company, ideas for low-cost alternatives, and how to utilize in-house capacity and volunteer resources.  Quality signage can make your waystation or pollinator garden appealing and interesting while serving the valuable purpose of educating the public on what your garden does and why it is important. 

Presenter: Rich Dolesh (National Recreation and Park Association)

Register now for the second of two Monarch Conservation Webinars in February 2017: Designing Monarch Interpretive Signage. You will receive additional details about participating in the webinar in a follow up email prior to the webinar and on the confirmation page after completing this form. This is a collaborative effort between the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center. We look forward to your participation!

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March 15, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Connect LIVE: Bald Eagle Exploration

Program details to follow.

Conservation Connect is a web-based video series, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, that aims to connect youth, ages 10-15, with the great outdoors & conservation careers. To check out other episodes, resources, and lesson plans, visit:

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March 23, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Monarch Conservation Series: Monarch Parasitoids

Program details to follow.

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March 24, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Environmental Education Update: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative

This distance learning series, presented quarterly by NCTC’s Division of Education and Outreach staff features current environmental education topics and/or highlights upcoming environmental education courses offered by NCTC and our partners. This series is also an opportunity to share the various environmental education resources and training opportunities that are available to FWS employees and to network with colleagues and partners.

Please join us on March 24 for a broadcast with NCTC Historian, Mark Madison, as he hosts an interview with author, Florence Williams, on her new book “ The Nature Fix; Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative.” The book offers an intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author. During the broadcast there will be opportunity for interaction with the author by submitting your questions using the built-in chat room on the Livestream video player or emailing to

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Training Announcement

March 28 - 31, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday) Time: 12:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
FWS and NPS  Federal Retirement Planning Broadcasts

This training receives very high ratings, and we are pleased to bring it back to you this year. It is free and accessible from your office or home computer. These broadcasts are made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

The training consists of two separate classes (CSRS or FERS). However, on March 30 & 31, both the CSRS and FERS training are combined into joint sessions.

March 28, 30, 31 only (NOT 29th)
Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees
- Course Description (pdf)

This is a three-day,13.5-hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform.

Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone).

DOI Learn CSRS Registration:

March 29, 30, 31 (NOT 28th)
Retirement Planning for FERS Employees
- Course Description (pdf)

This is a three-day,13.5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform.

Time: 12:00-4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME each day (please adjust for your time zone).

DOI Learn FERS Registration:

CSRS and FERS Participant Guides: Will be emailed and posted here prior to the broadcast.


Livestream -- During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via chat room built into the Livestream video player. Instructions for chat room.
E-mail --
Listen-Only Phone Line -- Available only if you do not have online access. This number will be sent via email prior to broadcast.

Please note: Recording is restricted. Viewing the live sessions is highly recommended as you will have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you are not able to participate during all or portions of the live broadcast times, a time-limited online video recording will be made available ONLY between April 3-14, 2017. You must be registered to receive this recording. Following the initial broadcasts, we will email a confidential link of the limited time recordings to all registered participants.

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  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-876-7666
    Please Note: The studio control room is staffed only on scheduled broadcast days. If you need assistance, call one of the staff listed below.

  • Randy Robinson, Instructional Television / Studio Coordinator,; 304-876-7450
  • Mark Chesna, Video Support,; 304-876-7342
  • Rhonda Miller, Web Support,; 304-876-7325
  • DOI Learn Registration Support;; 304-876-7709

Broadcast Archive


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