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Remote Online ESM Trainings

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, in-person ESM trainings have become difficult to hold safely due to social distancing concerns. In order to continue certifying potential applicants to apply for DGLVR funding, the Center has modified the ESM training into a shorter version for remote delivery. Some quick facts:

  • Remote trainings are available for both new certifications and those seeking a re-certification.  Attending a remote training will carry the same 5-year eligibility to apply for DGLVR funds as the in-person trainings.
  • Trainings will be live, not pre-recorded, and attendees can ask questions.
  • Training will last 8 hours, and be held delivered in two 4-hour blocks over two consecutive days.
  • Attendance will be limited to allow questions and/or discussion.
  • Just like in-person ESM trainings, attendees will be certified to apply for DGLVR funding for 5 years after completing a training.
  • Conservation Districts are strongly encouraged to have viewing sessions for their municipalities if conditions allow.

Remote ESM Training Dates and Registration Links

Note each training will be held in two 4-hour sessions on consecutive days for a total of 8 hours. Registration for these sessions is now open.

Future ESMs:  This winter, we will reassess the situation and have some planning discussions regarding both the format and length of future ESM trainings.

Attendees will need to fillout and submit the following attendance sheet and registration card. Both need filled out and returned at the end of the 2nd day of training. All attendees viewing at same location can be put on one sheet. Reg card, must be filled out and returned to If you need any assistance, call Kathy Moir at (814) 865-5355.

Guide for Municipalities (and other potential applicants)

Municipalities are strongly encouraged to join a remote viewing session at their Conservation District if at all possible

  • Check with your Conservation District to see if they are scheduling a viewing session for one or more of the remote trainings listed above.
  • The Conservation District can handle the logistics of login-in and hosting.
  • This provides an opportunity to interact with your local Conservation District to have discussions and share information related to the local County Program.
  • Please Contact your County Conservation District to inquire about a viewing session.  District contact information is located in the Conservation District pages.
  • If your county is unable to hold a session, consider you may register to join individually a the links above.

Guide for Conservation Districts to Host Events

Conservation Districts will be provided with registration links ahead of the trainings.  Districts are strongly encouraged to host “ESM Training Watch Sessions” at local facilities for their potential grant applicants if possible. This can be used to overcome technical hurdles that some applicants may have, and will let Districts get to know their potential applicants and discuss county specific priorities, policies, budgets, etc.

COVID Safety

  • Ensure local conditions and policies allow for you to hold such an event.
  • Coronavirus recommendations are always evolving, please see the sources below for current information:
  • Conservation Districts are responsible for ensuring all local policies are met and safety precautions such as masks, social distancing, sanitization, etc. are satisfied. The SCC, Center, Penn State, or State of PA are not responsible for any in-person meetings organized by Districts related to these remote trainings.

Logistics for holding an event

  • Registration links will be made available to Conservation Districts. Applicants attending your watch event do not need to register individually. The Center will provide you with a registration sheet, and you will be responsible for taking attendance and reporting that information back to the Center to verify certifications.
  • Invite potential applicants to a common location such as a meeting room at your office or a conference room at a local hotel.
  • Display the shared screen from the remote training on a large TV or projector.
  • Make sure to have adequate speakers so the training can be heard throughout the room. A microphone is also recommended to allow you to ask verbal questions and have a discussion with trainers (not required as questions can be typed in as well).
  • Use break times to inform applicants of local county policies, priorities, budgets, etc.
  • Facility rentals and purchase of snacks, drinks, or lunches is at the discretion of each Conservation District.
  • The CD should communicate questions, comments, and feedback for their group directly through the remote training interface.
  • The CDGRS will be in touch and send you training materials prior to any viewing sessions that you host.
  • Costs related to hosting these sessions, such as room rentals, food, and AV equipment would be eligible DGLVR Education expenses for the District.