Online Learning Library

The Trail Conference is now offering new digital learning and engagement opportunities. From live webinars to on-demand content, we're providing workshops and lectures to boost your skills and help keep everyone connected.

This is a new initiative that came as a response to COVID-19. We are working hard to put together more opportunities on a daily basis and appreciate your flexibility as we get this all up and running. Check back regularly for new videos and keep an eye on our events page for new live webinars!


Content Categories

Volunteer Skills Training
     -Trail Skills
     -Ecological Stewardship and Invasives Skills
General Skills Training
"Trail Talks"


Volunteer Skills Training

Trail Skills

 

Ecological Stewardship and Invasives Skills

 

Invasives Strike Force Training Resources and Webinars

This is a series of training videos for Lower Hudson PRISM's Invasives Strike Force Survey program- Standard Species. This citizen, or community, science program is designed to help with the mapping of 14 common invasive species in the lower Hudson Valley of New York and northern New Jersey. To become a surveyor contact [email protected].

 

Standard Survey Resources

Invasives Strike Force Standard Surveyor Training Workshop Webinar- Part 1 (Introduction and Species ID)
Description: This video is the first of two required training videos for the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Lower Hudson PRISM's Invasives Strike Force Survey Program- Standard Species. This citizen, or community, science program is designed to help with the mapping of 14 common invasive species in the lower Hudson Valley of New York and northern New Jersey. In this webinar, you will learn more about the Lower Hudson PRISM, the Invasives Strike Force citizen science program, invasive species ecology and the importance of protecting native habitat and biodiversity. You will also learn about the basics of plant ID and anatomy as well as how to identify all of the common invasive plants on the ISF-Standard Species Survey list.

Invasives Strike Force Standard Surveyor Training Workshop Webinar- Part 2 (Data Collection and Protocol)
Description: This video outlines the data collection and reporting protocols for the Invasives Strike Force Survey Program organized by the New New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Lower Hudson PRISM. It summarizes how to use the Avenza Maps app to record GPS locations and what types of data surveyors are required to collect. This represents the second of two training workshop webinars for both the Standard and Intermediate Invasives Strike Force Survey Program.

Quick ID Guide to all 14 common invasive plants found on the ISF-Standard Survey list

Detailed ID Guide to all 14 common invasive plants (and their look-alikes) found on the ISF-Standard Survey list 

ISF Standard Field Data Sheet : This is a .pdf of the data sheet you will need to take with you into the field if you have volunteered as an ISF Standard surveyor. Please take at least 5 copies of this document with you when you go out!

 

Intermediate Survey Resources

Invasives Strike Force Intermediate Surveyor Training Workshop Webinar- Part 1 (Species ID)
This video is a webinar recording of a training workshop for the Invasives Strike Force Intermediate Survey Program. This citizen, or community, science program is designed to help with the mapping of 11 less common invasive species in the lower Hudson Valley of New York and northern New Jersey. This video provides an outline of the Invasive Strike Force (ISF) program and highlights the key identification features of the species on the ISF-Intermediate list.

Invasives Strike Force Intermediate Surveyor Training Workshop Webinar- Part 2 (Data Collection and Protocol)
Description: This video outlines the data collection and reporting protocols for the Invasives Strike Force Survey Program organized by the New New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Lower Hudson PRISM. It summarizes how to use the Avenza Maps app to record GPS locations and what types of data surveyors are required to collect. This represents the second of two training workshop webinars for both the Standard and Intermediate Invasives Strike Force Survey Program.

Quick ID Guide to all 11 species on the ISF-Intermediate list

Detailed ID Guide to all 11 species on the ISF-Intermediate list

Intermediate (and Standard) Combined Field Data Sheet : This is a .pdf of the data sheet you will need to take with you into the field if you have volunteered as an ISF Intermediate surveyor. Please take at least 5 copies of this document with you when you go out!

 

Data Collection and Protocol Resources (for both Standard and Intermediate)

Invasives Strike Force Intermediate Surveyor Training Workshop Webinar- Part 2 (Data Collection and Protocol)

Description: This video outlines the data collection and reporting protocols for the Invasives Strike Force Survey Program organized by the New New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and Lower Hudson PRISM. It summarizes how to use the Avenza Maps app to record GPS locations and what types of data surveyors are required to collect. This represents the second of two training workshop webinars for both the Standard and Intermediate Invasives Strike Force Survey Program.

Using the Avenza Maps app to pin points guide : This document describes how to pin survey points using Avenza using a series of screenshots and how to send Avenza data back to our office when you are finished surveying. The pinning points procedures are also explained in detail in the above Part 2 webinar. I would recommend rewatching sections of that for the best help and guidance.

ISF Standard and Intermediate Survey Data Collection and Protocol Instructions : This is a Microsoft Word document of the collection protocols for the survey program. Detailed instructions can be found in the Part 2 webinar found in the links above.

 

Invasive Species Spotlight and Field Identification Videos

Check out our new invasive species spotlight and field ID series! These short, ~5 minute videos highlight specific common, emerging and/or aquatic invasive species in our region. Each species spotlight video will feature information on the species' introduction history, ecology and impacts in addition to reasons for its invasion success and key ID features. For the species that are included in our Invasives Strike Force Survey program (and for other species featured in our monthly EcoQuest Challenge), we will also be releasing short field identification videos including how to tell it apart from other look-alikes!

Common Invasive Species

Emerging and Less Common Invasive Species

Aquatic Invasive Species

Thank you to Subaru Distributors Corp. and Liberty Subaru for their generous donation that helped make these trainings possible.


General Skills Training

The Ecosystem Around You

 

Preparing for the Trail

 

Upcoming and In The Works


"Trail Talks"

Making Trails and Navigation Possible

Exploring the Region

Upcoming and In The Works
 


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