Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts

We support Pennsylvania’s Conservation Districts who work for clean water and healthy soil every day.

Intro to Conservation Planning Course Scheduled for Spring

For the first time, an additional session of the Intro to Conservation Planning course will be offered.

PACD is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver a three-day Introduction to Conservation Planning course. This free training is scheduled for May 7-9, 2024, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey Area) in Grantville, PA.

This training is only for those interested in writing conservation plans and becoming an NRCS Certified Conservation Planner or apprentice.

If you are interested in taking this training, please begin the process of getting an AgLearn account NOW! Please contact Dan Ludwig at 717-237-2256 or before attempting to register for access to AgLearn or obtaining a USDA eAuthentication account. There is a prerequisite, and it can take months to get an account, so please don’t delay. Click here for information on the prerequisite. 

The event is for entry-level employees of all organizations in Pennsylvania delivering conservation planning technical assistance, including, but not limited to, NRCS, conservation districts, SCC, farmland preservation entities, and non-profits. The training is free, and lunch will be provided.

The application period opens in early January. To receive notification when the application period opens, email Shannon Wehinger at