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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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 during Covid, e-mail

Broadcast Schedule

April 15, 2021 Time: 1:00-1:30pm Eastern Time - LiveStream Broadcast Link or NCTC Facebook Live
Conservation Connect LIVE Series: Fly Fishing

Join us on Thursday, April 15th at 1pm on the NCTC facebook page for Conservation Connect Live!    With spring here, many anglers are taking to the water.  Fly fishing is just one of many ways to catch fish.  We'll talk with an expert fly angler on how to get started, where to go and what kinds of gear one needs to wade into the world of fly fishing.  Davis Horton, an educator with the Calkins Nature Area in Iowa Falls, will be with us to talk fly tying and fly fishing.  We'll look at some of his innovative patterns while discussing basic fly fishing gear.  That's all about Fly Fishing...all on Conservation Connect Live! 

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April 15, 2021 Time: 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time - LiveStream Broadcast Link
Tribal Broadcast Series: Importance of USFWS Cultural Resources to Native American Heritage

Did you know that the National Wildlife Refuge System contains thousands of Native American archaeological sites? These places represent thousands of years of Indigenous heritage and offer unique opportunities for connection with today’s living Native American and Alaska Native descendants.​

Who Should Attend:  We welcome any of the Department of the Interior staff and partners who are involved with tribes or who wish to learn more about working with tribes. ​


Eugene Marino is Chief Archaeologist/Federal Preservation Officer and National Museum Curator for the USFWS. He serves as the National cultural resources and museum collection subject matter expert for the USFWS responsible for advising USFWS Leadership on issues relating to historic preservation, archaeological compliance and museum curation and management.  He is also the National liaison with the USFWS Regional Archaeologists and Curators. Since 2007 Mr. Marino has been an Adjunct Professor for Shepherd University, teaching Anthropology and Archaeology courses. 

Timothy Binzen’s professional background is in archaeology and anthropology. Tim has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for eleven years, first in the Northeast Region’s Cultural Resources program, and then as Regional Tribal Liaison since 2017.  Before joining the Service, Tim worked for more than two decades in archaeological consulting and gained a wide range of field experiences in Idaho, New Mexico, and New England. Tim has had many opportunities to work in consultation with Tribal members.  

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April 22, 2021 Time: 1-1:30pm ET - LiveStream Broadcast Link or NCTC Facebook Live
NCTC Eagle's Nest Broadcast

Please join us every other Thursday from 1-1:30pm ET when Randy Robinson give's us an update on the Eagle's nest at NCTC!

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April 22, 2021 Time: 7:00-8:00pm ET - LiveStream Broadcast Link or NCTC Facebook Live
NCTC's Conservation Public Lecture: Reintroducing Bald Eagles with FWS Biologist Craig Koppie

Stay tuned! More information to follow.

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April 26-30, 2021 Time: 12noon-5:00pm Every day - LiveStream Broadcast Link
Retirement Planning for Federal Employees

This spring, the National Conservation Training Center is offering online training in Retirement Planning for Federal Employees, April 26-30, 2021 from 12 noon to 5:00pm ET each day. This training will increase your knowledge of Federal retirement and benefits.  It is provided at no cost to you, but you must register in DOI Talent by Friday, April 23, 2021​​​.

The training consists of three separate events:

  • April 26 – New Employees (1 day/5 hrs) 
    • Provides an Overview of Federal Benefits and Introduction to Financial Planning for employees who are new to federal service (5 years or less). 
      • If interested in additional detailed information, you may also join FERS training on April 28, 29, & 30.  You do not need to register for the FERS session - only register for the “New Employee” session.) 
  • April 27, 29, & 30 – CSRS and CSRS Offset Employees (3 days/15 hrs) 
    • Provides detailed discussion of credit for service and retirement calculations for CSRS and CSRS Offset employees. 
  • April 28, 29, & 30 – FERS & FERS Transfers (3 days/15 hrs)  
    • Provides mid-career employees and employees nearing retirement interested in detailed information about their retirement benefits.

Sign up now in DOI Talent (  It is never too early to plan!


  • Livestream chat room -- During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via chat room built into the Livestream video player. Instructions for chat room.
  • Email -- 

Please note:  

  1. One week prior to training, an email will be sent to registered participants with the link to join the online training (Livestream), and a separate link to the participant guides.
  2. Live participation only - this training cannot be recorded. 
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During this time of Covid, please email all questions to

  • NCTC Studio Control Room: 304-876-7666 (currently not available)
    Please Note: The studio control room is staffed only on scheduled broadcast days. If you need assistance, call one of the staff listed below.

  • Rhonda Miller, Studio Manager, Video and Web Support,; 304-876-7325
  • Melissa Gonzales, Studio Assistant,; 304-876-7368
  • DOI Learn Registration Support;; 304-876-7709

Broadcast Archive


Click here to go to Conservation Connect Conservation Connect is a web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), which aims to connect youth, ages 9-13 (although any age is encouraged to enjoy!), with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. Click to learn more.
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