Education and Training

A major emphasis of the Center is to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance regarding the Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) of low volume roads. The goal of these ESM practices is to reduce sediment pollution and long-term maintenance costs associates with rural roadways, effectively creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable rural road system.

ESM Course

The Center's Environmentally Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) Course is an intense two-day classroom session focused on providing the basic knowledge and tools necessary for road owners to maintain roads in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. (1.3 CEUs) 

Conservation District Administrative Training

Using the administrative manual as a guide, this class outlines the role of Conservation Districts in the Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Maintenance Program.

Annual Maintenance Workshop

The Center's Annual Maintenance Workshop is held each fall at a different location in Pennsylvania. This two-day Workshop includes guest speakers, concurrent classroom lectures, and field trips to active and completed road projects.

Conservation District New-Hire Training

With new hires and shifting responsibilities within Conservation Districts, we have received several requests for both admin and GIS trainings.  To help get new hires trained in the most efficient manner, we have created a three-day training that includes both the admin and GIS trainings as well as a field day.


The Center periodically presents topic-specific webinars directed at Conservation District personnel.  Webinars typically include 20-30 minutes of presentation followed by Q&A.  Anyone can join, and past webinar recordings and presentation are available for download.

Conservation District Regional Sharing Sessions

The purpose of these sessions is for Districts to share their DGLVR projects and experiences with other districts and Center/SCC staff for discussion. 

Assessment Training

An “Assessment” refers to the process of driving unpaved roads in the field to determine which sections are causing stream impacts.

ESM Boot Camp

This three day training event is designed for relatively new “DGLVR Technicians” at the Conservation District level.  It is designed to “jump start” incoming technicians with field experience related to construction, surveying, site evaluation for the DGLVR Program.

Stream Crossing Boot Camp

To improve the capacity of CD staff to implement better stream crossing projects at the county level.