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Remote Online ESM Trainings

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing concerns, 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:

  • For now, remote trainings are only available for NEW ESM Certifications (not recertifications). We may hold more remote trainings and expand them to include recertifications this Fall and Winter, depending on the status of in-person ESM trainings.
  • Trainings will be live, not pre-recorded.
  • Training will run from 8am to 12:30pm on two consecutive days.
  • Attendance will be limited to 75 participants to allow questions and/or discussion.
  • Just like in-person ESM trainings, attendees will be certified to apply for DGLVR funding for 5 years.
  • Conservation Districts are encouraged to have viewing sessions for their municipalities if conditions allow.

Remote ESM Training Dates and Registration

Registration will be open until 24 hours before the training starts, or until all the registration slots are filled.


Guide for Municipalities (and other potential applicants)

How to join from your office or home

  • Register using one of the links above. After completing the registration, you will receive an e-mail with a direct link to join the training. Save this e-mail and link!
  • To participate in the remote training, you will need:
    • An e-mail address to register
    • A stable internet connection
    • A desktop, laptop, or tablet computer with Zoom installed.
  • Some Considerations:
    • The training will be live, not recorded, so try to find a quiet location free from interruptions. Headphones may be needed in noisy environments.
    • Consider putting the training on a TV or projector screen if multiple people are participating.
    • You will be able to call and listen via phone if you have issues listening to the audio over your computer/tablet.
    • You will be able to ask questions live, either by typing them in, or by requesting to be unmuted so you can ask verbally (requires a microphone).
    • You will be required to answer questions during the training in order to verify participation.

Joining a County Viewing Session

Some Conservation Districts are holding viewing sessions for their municipalities for these remote trainings. In addition to viewing the training itself on a large TV or projector screen, local District staff will be on hand to answer questions about their local DGLVR Program. Check with you Conservation District to see if this is an option, not all locations are allowing this type of gathering.


Guide for Conservation Districts to Host Events

When possible, Districts can host “ESM Training Watch Events” at local facilities for their potential grant applicants. 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.
  • Ensure proper safety protocols such as masks, social distancing, sanitization, etc. are followed.
  • Conservation Districts are solely responsible for ensuring all local policies are met and safety precautions such as masks, social distancing, sanitization, etc. are met. 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 if you choose to hold an event

  • Register once and note that you are hosting a watch event when you register. 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 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 (would be eligible DGLVR education expenses).
  • Use break times to inform applicants of local county policies, priorities, budgets, etc.
  • Purchase of snacks, drinks, or lunches is at the discretion of each Conservation District (would be an eligible DGLVR education expense)
  • The CD should communicate questions, comments, and feedback for their group directly through the remote training interface.
  • Remote Learning Attendance Sheet (10.3 KB): Districts can use this Excel spreadsheet to keep track of attendance.