Training FAQ

What do I need to do before a training?

There are a few things that we ask every participant to do before arriving at a training so that we can spend as much time as possible focusing on other things like field experience during the training. They include watching videos demonstrating the Core Methods, reading the Monitoring Manual, and discussing the local monitoring projects within the team. The pre-course materials are all available here.

What does a typical training agenda look like?

  • Day 1
    • Core concepts of monitoring
    • Introduction to site characterization (soils and ecological sites)
  • Day 2
    • Fieldwork experience with:
      • Laying out a plot and transects
      • Soil pits and soil characterization
      • Soil aggregate stability
      • Line-point intercept (with vegetation heights)
      • Canopy gap
      • Plot-level vegetation species inventory
      • Photo Points
  • Day 3
    • Review of electronic data capture
    • Continued fieldwork experience and practice
    • Discussion of project design, funding sources, and topics of special interest for project managers
  • Day 4
    • Quality assurance and quality control
    • Data analysis and interpretation
    • Clarification of any previous topics

Do I need to bring field equipment? 

No, we will provide all field equipment needed for the course.

Where is the closest airport?

  • Agua Fria National Monument, near Black Canyon, AZ; February 23-27, 2015
    • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix, AZ (approximately 1.5 hours from Agua Fria NM)
  • Reno, NV; April 20-24, 2015 (AIM/IIRH combined training)
    • Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV
  • Canyonlands Research Center near Monticello, UT; May 18-22, 2015
    • Canyonlands Field Airport, Moab, UT (approximately 1 hour from the Canyonlands Research Center)

If you have additional questions regarding training, please contact Sarah McCord (

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