Training & Workshops
Continuing education and training for natural resource professionals is critical in order to address the changes and challenges of our environment. OSBS has served as a facilitator and training platform for agencies, private firms, and students since its inception. The Station is well suited for classroom-based workshops mixed with field training opportunities.
The southeast US has a diverse array of natural communities and unique environmental conditions.
Fire is one of the primary natural disturbances that shapes many of the plant communities found
in this region. Because OSBS has many pyrogenic systems, wildland fire training has been ongoing at the
facility for several decades.
National Wildfire Coordinating Group
(NWCG) wildland fire courses are taught each year in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy.
The Natural Areas Training Academy (NATA) utilizes
OSBS for workshops and training. In the winter and spring months, agency participants from the
National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center
(PFTC) visit the Station and partake in live fire exercise trainings to gain experience in
conducting prescribed fires.
OSBS can provide training courses and workshops:
- Classroom and field environments for use
- Hands-on field experience
- Access to natural resources such as flora, fauna, water, soils, plant communities to enhance the training focus.
- Interactivity with resource management processes such as prescribed fire, exotic-invasive species, and habitat restoration.
- Long-term data sets to supplement course exercises