Category Archives: Education

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 2016

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

CONNECT 2016

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

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 […]


Applied Training: Examples of Learning with Fred Pryor Enrollment

by Teresa Matteson

Excel Pivot Table

This year, OCEAN negotiated for Oregon SWCD employees to subscribe to a year of Fred Pryor Trainings at a significantly reduced rate of $199. According to Fred Pryor representative, Rebecca Oakman, 36 OCEAN participants have taken advantage of these valuable courses. Fred Pryor offers over 2600 course titles that cover a broad range of instruction topics and most are available online at […]


CONNECT 2015 Registration is Now Open

by Communications Committee

OCEAN CONNECT 2015

With planning for another great CONNECT conference well underway we are happy to announce that registration is open. 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 the CONNECT 2015 Home Page. Watch this video, courtesy of Wahoo Films to see […]


Dealing Effectively with Diverse Personalities

by Teresa Matteson

This competitive world of diminished funding sources rewards successful, effective partnerships. Collaboration requires that we work well with stakeholders or team members who have various personality types. Behavioral profiles, defined as models that categorize personality traits, may provide insights on how different people think, react to stress, deal with conflict, and respond to communication. Adapting your interactions to match others’ traits will […]