Program Materials


Before You Come

The CTP workshop focuses on using free or low-cost smartphone apps for collecting field data including GPS waypoints, tracks and photographs and digital survey or field forms. Data can then be displayed in a online web mapping tool like Google Maps. Apps and web tools used in the workshop are outlined below. Participants should download these apps and set up user accounts prior to the start of the workshop.


(note: it is okay if you do not have these items; if you need to borrow these items, please contact the CTP Program Coordinator):

Download onto your smartphone device

Additional considerations for workshop participants

  • Clothing:
    • Sneakers/hiking shoes that are comfortable for walking and can get dirty
    • Comfortable field clothes (e.g. t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, field pants)
    • Hat and/or sunglasses
    • Rain coat
    • Sweatshirt for air conditioned classrooms
  • Other Field Supplies:
    • Water bottle
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug spray
    • Backpack
    • Writing utensil
  • Other Tech:
    • Don't forget your device, pack your power cords
    • Write down your passwords!

Review the CTP handbook for all details on the program

2019 CTP Handbook

Workshop Overview

Agenda Overview

The Conservation Training Partnerships workshop is a two-day training that introduces participants to innovative, user-friendly mobile mapping tools and online mapping technology that can be utilized to study and address local conservation issues.

Workshop Agenda

Technology Overview

The workshop introduces participants to a number of smartphone apps and web mapping tools. Participants may find it helpful to review a summary of the resources covered in the workshop.

Summary of Resources

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Workshop Activities & Technology Resource Guides

The Conservation Training Partnerships workshop is very hands-on. Below are copies of the "cookbook" style exercises completed in the workshop. Resource Guides are intended to provide additional information about an app or tool.

NRCA Storymap

Natural Resources Conservation Academy Story Map

A story map showcasing community conservation projects from past NRCA participants and the geospatial tools and technology used to enhance project outcomes.

NRCA Story Map

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Using the Track Kit Smartphone App to Collect GPS Data in the Field

Smartphone App for Apple iOS and Android devices. Collects waypoints, tracks and media.

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Collecting Better Field Data with Epicollect5 - Digital Forms and Online Data

Smartphone App for Apple iOS and Android devices. Allows user to design custom data collection forms, collect standardized field data along with location information and media.

Reference Guide

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Google Maps - Data Download

Exporting Data from Track Kit & Epicollect.

Hands-on Activity

Project Resources

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NRCA Forum

Find more resources, communicate with workshop leaders, instructors and other participants in the NRCA Google Community! Click the button to view the Community and Ask to Join in on the conversation!

Participant Forum

Final Project Form

Use this form to summarize your project so we have a record of what you accomplished.

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Final Project Form

Poster Templates

Expanded Poster Template

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Expanded Template

Classic Poster Template

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Classic Template

StoryMap Poster Template

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StoryMap Template


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Introduction to Storymaps Webinar


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Poster Development Webinar


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Data Management Webinar


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Additional Resources

Connecticut's Changing Landscape Story Map

Explore 25 years of land cover and land cover change through an interactive story map.

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Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO)

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First Ever Virtual CTP Conference

Watch 2019-20 CTP participants present their conservation projects at this virtual conference!

FEVCC playlist

If you have any questions about the CTP, please feel free to contact: Nicole Freidenfelds, CTP Program Coordinator

The NRCA is a partnership among:
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