Category Archives: Education

Oregon’s 100 Year Water Vision New Content

by Jeremy Baker

As many of you know, various state agencies recently finished an extensive outreach and engagement process to gather feedback on Oregon’s 100-Year Water Vision. After traveling across the state to hear from Oregonians, several teams worked to process and summarize nearly 4,000 individual comments about the Water Vision. Using this feedback, OWEB has updated the 100-Year Water Vision and provided a slate […]

CONNECT 2020 Early Bird Registration Closes February 6th

by Jason Faucera

Here’s a quick reminder that CONNECT 2020 conference registration is underway and that the “early bird” registration will end at close of business on February 6th. After that, cost for registration will increase to $350. If you are planning to attend this year, and we hope you are, please follow the link below and get registered! Once on the link review a […]

Final Report from Riparian Practitioner Session at CONNECT 2018

by Jason Faucera

Riparian Session at CONNECT 2018

Several partners including OCEAN, Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), and Oregon State University Extension worked to develop a full day riparian practitioner session with the generous support of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF). The day, which was a continuation of riparian discussions the year prior, brought practitioners together for training and […]

OCEAN New Employee Handbook Available for Download

by Jason Faucera

OCEAN New Employee Handbook Cover

Over the past year, OCEAN has been developing a handbook for new employees that helps acclimate them to the unique role that conservation districts play within the conservation and natural resources community. The handbook provides an overview of statewide district programs and their purposes as units of local government, explains that each district has a unique natural resource base with a distinct […]

CONNECT 2016 – People Are Our Greatest Resource

by Jason Faucera


CONNECT has hit it’s stride in the past few years, making the success of this year’s conference less of a surprise and more of an expectation for regular attendees. I am continually amazed at how our planning team always seems to pull together fantastic resources and speakers, and at how prepared we are to handle the logistic issues that always arise when […]

CONNECT 2016 is Open for Registration

by Jason Faucera


Planning for CONNECT 2016 is wrapping up and we are excited to invite District and Council employees to Salshan Resort on the Oregon Coast for another great year of learning and networking. We are able to offer Full Registration again this year for $400 a person, which includes 2 nights lodging, meals, snacks, tuition, and materials. Registration materials can be found at […]

OCEAN is excited to announce CONNECT 2016!

by Communications Committee


CONNECT 2016 April 19 – 21 Salishan Resort, Gleneden Beach, Oregon Prepare for another year of great training, networking, and beautiful surroundings on the Oregon Coast. Registration details will arrive in late February or early March, and all materials will be posted on the CONNECT Event page on the OCEAN website. If you know of a Vendor or Sponsor that would be […]

One Year of Unlimited Software/Administrative Training for $199 Per Employee

by Jason Faucera

Fred Pryor Training Categories

OCEAN has negotiated a group discount rate for annual subscriptions to training through Fred Pryor Seminars. Fred Pryor provides access to over 2,600+ online courses and unlimited access to attend local live seminars to employees for 12 months. Memberships with the OCEAN discount rate will cost only $199/member versus the standard $399/member. Attached is a full list of the trainings that are […]

Listen to Farmers – Shop Talks and Field Days

by Teresa Matteson

Over the past five years Oregon’s soil health educators have reached over one thousand farmers, agency staff and students through workshops, field days and classroom settings. Consistently, evaluations from the events indicate that the audiences most appreciate hearing directly from farmers about their real world experiences, what works, and lessons learned. This spring, to address those needs Benton and Linn SWCDs each […]

Why You Should Attend an Education and Outreach Class at CONNECT

by Jen Nelson

April is approaching, and you might be considering what classes you want to take at CONNECT. With so many great technical offerings, you might overlook the education and outreach track entirely. Don’t do that! These great topics are useful for every employee at a conservation district or watershed council. For example… Have you ever needed a photo for that newsletter article you […]