April 17-21, 2023
May 15-19, 2023 (if needed)

Plus virtual training day: April 11, 2023

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Keystone Conference Center
17-104 Essayons Rd, Annville, PA 17003
(Lebanon County)

and the USDA NRCS State Office, Harrisburg, PA


Shannon Wehinger 
PA Association of Conservation Districts 

2023 ACT “Boot Camp” Training – Level II 

Sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Conservation Commission, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.

Photo by Holly Hunt.

Appropriate for those who attended Basic or Level II training (and want to take the alternate track) in the years 2000-2022.

For 2023, the Level II training will be held twice if needed. The content is the same, and attendees will only attend one week. The dates are April 11 (virtual) and April 17-21, 2023 (in-person) and May 15-19, 2023 (in-person, if needed). 

Please note: Boot Camp is not a two-week course. The instructors prefer that you use the information you learned in Basic for a year and take Level II the year following Basic. Do not apply for Basic and Level II in the same year. 

Attention NRCS employees: Do not submit SF182 until you receive confirmation that you are approved to attend this training. 

If you do not receive confirmation from PACD, you will not be admitted. No walk-ins will be accepted. 

General (provided to all): Conservation Planning and Ag Waste System Planning -  plus the topics covered by your "track."

Participant registration fees are waived. Funding is provided through a Special Leadership Development Project Grant, sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservation Commission.


An overnight room block will be available. Information will be provided to those accepted into the course. 

For Conservation District Employees:
PACD will reimburse the conservation district (up to $130/person/night) AS FUNDING ALLOWS for the lodging of those whose office is more than 45 miles away from Fort Indiantown Gap. Monday through Thursday evenings only. Please note: there may not be sufficient funding to fund all four nights for every district employee. Reimbursement forms will be sent the week of the training. 

Lunch will be provided. Breakfast and dinner will not be provided. Please plan to bring your own refillable water bottle and coffee mug.

The deadline to apply is January 27, 2023.