Upcoming Live Trainings

The ACPF National Hub is offering both a Virtual Technical Training and a Virtual Watershed Applications Training this summer!

WATERSHED APPLICATIONS TRAINING: The ACPF National Hub is pleased to announce a free virtual ACPF Watershed Applications Training scheduled for July 29-August 2nd.

The Watershed Applications course is a free training designed for non-GIS users at the federal, state, and local level who want to use ACPF results in their watershed planning or practice implementation processes.  Participants will learn to use ACPF outputs in watershed planning and implementation over three days. The times of the course include:

  • Monday, July 29th from 1-3PM CT
  • Wednesday, July 31st from 1-3PM CT
  • Friday, August 2nd from 1-3PM CT

In addition to the virtual sessions, attendees will be expected to complete a few short assignments and readings on their own to ensure we can use the training time most effectively. The course will discuss assumptions behind the ACPF results, case studies and examples of ACPF in action, approaches to integrating ACPF with other watershed planning tools, and effectively presenting and using ACPF results with other staff and stakeholders. Participants will not run the ACPF in ArcGIS. While this training is open to all, it will focus on ACPF use in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.

Please note, no GIS experience is required. Wondering if this workshop is for you? View this 20 minute overview of what the ACPF is and how watershed managers use it.

What to expect?

The Watershed Applications course is designed to give participants an understanding of the technical basis of the ACPF and how ACPF can enhance conservation efforts. After completing the course participants will be comfortable working with their local GIS specialist to generate ACPF results for use in watershed and farm-scale planning, as well as incorporating ACPF into existing state processes.

Who can take this class?

Non-GIS users at the federal, state, and local level who want to use ACPF results in their watershed planning to improve their small watershed-based planning and implementation projects. While this training is open to all, it will focus on ACPF use in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. No GIS experience is required.

When is this training?

The course will be conducted virtually from 1-3PM CT on Monday, July 29th, Wednesday, July 31st and Friday, August 2nd. Participants should plan to attend all days

VIRTUAL TECHNICAL TRAINING: The ACPF National Hub is pleased to announce a free cohort style ACPF Technical Training scheduled for later summer 2024.

Hosted by ACPF technical experts, this free course will teach participants how to download the ACPF toolbox and the core data and run the terrain analysis tools on a sample watershed. Learners will work through the online ACPF training independently, practice running the tools, and troubleshoot issues with peers and instructors. The course will also provide information on available ACPF support and customizing the ACPF tools for use in your watershed.

The course is 8 weeks in length and will run from August 5th through September 27th. Each week participants will complete activities using the online self-paced ACPF training using a sample watershed and participate in a 1-hour virtual session with instructors on Tuesday from 1-2pm CT to review their work, troubleshoot issues, and discuss next steps.

Please note this cohort-style training is limited to 50 individuals, so make sure to secure your spot.

What to expect?

You and your peers will use a sample watershed to advance through the weekly lessons on the technical aspects of using the ACPF toolbox.  The first week you will attend an introductory class covering the ACPF history, data download and toolbox setup; there will be videos to watch prior to each session. For the remaining seven weeks, participants are expected to complete assignments in ArcGIS prior to attending a 1-hour virtual session on Thursday afternoon.  After completing the course, participants should be comfortable running the toolbox on their own watersheds.

Who can take this class?

GIS users with intermediate to advanced knowledge of ArcGIS including experience navigating toolboxes, using tool dialogs, manipulating map characteristics, creating and editing data and joining tables. Attendees must have access to ArcGIS Pro 3.0 or newer. The course will be taught at ArcGIS Pro 3.0+ using the latest version of the ACPF toolbox – version 6 – which is only available on ArcGIS Pro 3.0+ versions.

When is this training?

The course will be conducted from Tuesday August 6, 2024 – Tuesday September 24, 2024. Each week participants will complete an online training module independently and every Tuesday a 1-hour virtual session will be held to discuss the week’s activities. Participants are expected to complete activities before attending the Tuesday session.