And just what is the National Conservation Training Center?

The National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) 533-acre residential training facility, located on the banks of the Potomac River, approximately 90 miles from Washington D.C. in

NCTC’s vision is to inspire conservation excellence through learning and collaboration. 

Shepherdstown, WV. Our classrooms, commons, and hotel rooms blend really well with the landscape, making it easy for you to connect with nature and each other. Outdoor patios, walkways, and break areas are great places to watch birds, white-tailed deer, fox, and other critters, which you will frequently see skittering up nearby trees or moving through the forest.

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NCTC employs nearly 200 dedicated men and women who keep the organization running smoothly.  Our employees come from a wide variety of professions including biology, botany, education and training, information technology, human resources, budget and finance, graphic design, landscaping, and facilities management.

Christine Peterson
"Working in a place (NCTC) where so many different people from all over the country, across different agencies and organizations come together to learn and grow as professionals and individuals in order to move conservation initiatives forward is a constant source of new enthusiasm and inspiration. There's a revolving door of new faces, ideas, and energy that's impossible not to notice-- it's contagious!"

- Christine Peterson, NCTC Fish and Wildlife Biologist, age 29