Program Materials


Before You Join the 2020 Virtual Workshop

The CTP workshop focuses on using free or low-cost web and mobile 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 install these apps and set up user accounts prior to the start of the workshop.

Review the Tech Check-List

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

  • Laptop or Computer (please let us know if you need a loaner)
  • Smartphone or Mobile Device, e.g. iPhone, Cellular-ready iPad, Android phone, or Android tablet (please let us know if you need a loaner)
  • Internet Access (please let us know if you need to borrow a mobile hot-spot)
  • Web-Cam (please let us know if you need to borrow a web-cam to share your video during the virtual workshop)

Create Your Web-Based User Accounts 

Install Apps on Your Mobile Device (smartphone or tablet)

(note: if you are borrowing a mobile device, these will already be installed)

Get Ready to Zoom!

Review the CTP Handbook for full details on the program

2020 CTP Handbook

Workshop Overview

Meet the CTP Team

The CTP team includes faculty and students from UConn's Department of Natural Resources & the Environment, Center for Land Use Education & Research, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Neag School of Education.

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Workshop Agenda

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.

2020 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.

2020 Tech Resources

Workshop Activities, Tutorials & Technology Resource Guides

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

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Collecting Field Data with Epicollect5

Smartphone App for Apple iOS and Android devices. Design custom data collection forms and collect field data with location information and media.

Reference Guide

Video Tutorials

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Finding and Mapping Trails with AllTrails

Smartphone App for Apple iOS and Android devices. Create trail maps, trace custom paths, import and export GPS data.


Editing and Adding Tracks in OpenStreetMap

The freely available geospatial data from OSM can be used for creating paper and electronic maps, geocoding of address and place names, and route planning.

Video Tutorials

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Google Maps

Exporting Data from Track Kit & Epicollect5 into Google Maps.

Hands-on Activity

Creating a custom Google Map.

Google Maps Tutorial

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Seek by iNaturalist

Seek allows curious naturalists of all ages to observe organisms (plants, animals, insects, etc.) with on-screen identification using computer vision based on data from iNaturalist.

User Guide

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ArcGIS Online

Interactive maps create immersive experiences that take maps from a static view to an opportunity for users to explore.

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Authoring an ArcGIS StoryMap

Combine your maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content to create compelling, user-friendly web apps.

StoryMap Tutorial

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

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

Project Resources

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Natural Resources Conservation Academy StoryMap

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

NRCA StoryMap

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NRCA Conservation Projects

View all the past NRCA projects in one place! Use the filter options to browse projects based on keyword/topic, program, project location and type of technology used.

NRCA Projects

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Project Templates

Use our templates to brainstorm, plan & design your own custom-tailored Wildlife Monitoring, Trail Mapping, Invasive Plant Species or Water Quality conservation project. Prefer to think outside the box? Use our Choose Your Own Adventure template!

Project Templates

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NRCA Community Forum

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

Community Forum

Communication Best Practices for Teamwork

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Conservation Projects & COVID-19 Guidelines

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CTP Final Project Form

Fill out this short form to provide a summary of your CTP project.

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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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Intro 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 StoryMap

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

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The EPA's environmental justice mapping and screening tool.

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First Ever Virtual CTP Conference

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

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Bat Acoustic Monitoring

Watch this instructional video and borrow our recording equipment to become an expert in bat acoustic monitoring!

Tutorial Video

Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO)

Online maps and tools for viewing CT's environmental and natural resources.

Reference Activity

Visit the CTECO Website

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Insta360 ONE X

We can loan you an Insta360 ONE X camera to capture awesome 360-degree images for your project!

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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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