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 broadcast@fws.gov.

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

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

Broadcast Schedule

September 21, 2017 Time: 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Conservation Connect LIVE!: "Living with Bears"
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Did you know that black bears can be brown, cinnamon, blond or even white? Black bears are the most common of the three species of bears in North America. That might be why you see them on the news or even when you’re out in a forest. But did you know, they’re more afraid of you than you are of them? If you’d like to learn more about black bears join host, Louie Ocaranza, for our first Conservation Connect Live episode of the new school year. Joining Louie will be Dr. Cindy Driscoll​, MD State Veterinarian and Harry Spiker, Wildlife Biologist, both with the Maryland​ Department of Natural Resources. You’ll be able to ask questions of the black bear experts and get a first-hand look at how a team of researchers conduct a bear den study.

Join us September 21 at 2 pm ET for the next Conservation Connect Live!

Conservation Connect helps middle school students learn about wildlife, conservation careers, and the technology used to study and protect wildlife. To view other episodes and educator resources visit: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect

Live broadcast from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV.


September 25-28, 2017 Time: 12:00-4:30 PM Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
FWS and NPS Retirement Planning Broadcast for Federal Employees - CSRS & FERS

We are pleased to bring retirement training back to you again 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 September 27th & 28th, both the CSRS and FERS training are combined into joint sessions.

September 25, 27, 28 only (NOT 26th) Retirement Planning for CSRS Employees

This is a live three-day,13.5-hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is designed for Civil Service employees and CSRS Offset employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help employees better understand their federal benefits to make informed decisions regarding retirement and insurance.  However, all employees are encouraged to attend. 

Objectives:  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify retirement eligibility and amount of annuity payable;
  • Review e-OPF to ensure that all creditable service has been documented and take action to pay any necessary deposits to receive credit for service;
  • Consider survivor benefit options and impact on FEHB coverage for surviving spouse;
  • Determine insurance needs and identify requirements and costs for continuing insurance into retirement;
  • Review Social Security estimates payable and consider best time to begin receiving benefit;
  • Determine the role that TSP will play in total retirement income and consider withdrawal options;
  • Identify financial goals and methods to help achieve those goals.

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

DOI Learn CSRS Registration: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=312774#

Participant Guide/Workbook - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training and will be emailed to registered participants.

September 26, 27, 28 (NOT 25th) Retirement Planning for FERS Employees

This is a live three-day,13.5 hour class to be broadcast online via the Livestream platform. It is designed for FERS employees within 5 years of retirement eligibility to help employees better understand their federal benefits to make informed decisions regarding retirement and insurance.  However, all employees are encouraged to attend.

Objectives:  At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify retirement eligibility and amount of annuity payable;
  • Review e-OPF to ensure that all creditable service has been documented and take action to pay any necessary deposits to receive credit for service;
  • Consider survivor benefit options and impact on FEHB coverage for surviving spouse;
  • Determine insurance needs and identify requirements and costs for continuing insurance into retirement;
  • Review Social Security estimates payable and consider best time to begin receiving benefit;
  • Determine the role that TSP will play in total retirement income and consider withdrawal options.

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

DOI Learn FERS Registration: https://gm2.geolearning.com/geonext/doi/scheduledclassdetails4enroll.geo?&id=312772#

Participant Guide/Workbook - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training.

FERS Transfer Supplement Guide - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training and will be emailed to registered participants.

CSRS and FERS Participant Guides - will be available 1 week prior to first day of training and will be emailed to registered participants.

Notes for All Participants:

NCTC online broadcasts delivered via the Livestream platform are available on any internet connected computer – home or office, no downloads required. For "Livestream Viewing Tips" ​visit: https://nctc.fws.gov/broadcasts/llivestream-tips.html

Interaction: Livestream -- During the program, questions for instructors can be sent via chat room built into the Livestream video player. Instructions for chat room. Confidential, or complicated questions can be emailed to broadcast@fws.gov.

Listen-Only Phone Line -- Available only if you do not have online access. The number will be posted here, 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 October 2-13, 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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Support

Contacts

  • 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, randy_robinson@fws.gov; 304-876-7450
  • Rhonda Miller, Video and Web Support, rhonda_miller@fws.gov; 304-876-7325
  • DOI Learn Registration Support; nctc_training@fws.gov; 304-876-7709

Broadcast Archive

Resources

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