Core Methodology Training 2017

CMT 2016 attendees conduct hands-on training in the fieldCore Methodology Training, or CMT, is a hands-on introduction to standards, methods, and tools that are "core" to the success of the NatureServe Network. The training supports the consistent use of these standards and methods, and facilitates a sense of camaraderie across the Network. It also provides a forum for discussion of how well our methodologies are working locally, supporting their ongoing evolution.

View NatureServe's Core Standards and Methods documents.

CMT Includes:

Webinars (each about one hour long)

  • Introduction to NatureServe
  • Introduction to Spatial Methodology
  • Introduction to Ecology Program
  • Introduction to Species Science Program

Three Days of In-Person Training

  • Data collection, assessment, and monitoring exercises done in the field.
  • Species and ecosystem mapping and status assessment (EO and Element Ranking) exercises using Biotics 5 and the Rank Calculator.
  • Interactive session on how NatureServe Network information is currently being used at different scales to guide conservation decision-making.
  • Presentation on challenges and opportunities in biodiversity conservation.
CMT 2015 graduates at Sleeping Bear Dunes in MichiganShould I Attend?

We recommend attending CMT if you are a recent addition to the NatureServe Network, have never taken methodology training before, took methodology training more than five years ago, or are a partner organization working with the NatureServe Network and want to learn more about the core methods that are being used. Since NatureServe methodologies are always evolving and the training has evolved to be more hand-on and interactive, most NatureServe Network staff, members, and partners will benefit from attending this training.

How much does it cost?
  • $900 for NatureServe members and staff
  • $1,200 for non-members

This fee includes training materials, and lunch and dinner on day one of the training. No other transportation related expenses are included. 


Where? NatureServe's Home Office located at 4600 N. Fairfax Dr., 7th Floor, Arlington, Virginia 22203

When? Tuesday- Thursday, May 23-25, 2017 (9am-5pm on Tuesday & Wednesday, and 9am-3pm on Thursday)

Lodging: Rooms are reserved at two hotels very close to the NatureServe offices. The Comfort Inn Arlington Ballston is across the street from the NatureServe offices, and the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston is next door to NatureServe offices. Please identify yourself as part of the NatureServe reservation. The Holiday Inn is $10 more per night but is slightly closer to the training site, and has a pool.

Important: Deadlines for discounted hotel rates are April 21 (for Comfort Inn) and May 1 (for Holiday Inn). 

Comfort Inn: Rates are $199 + taxes (~13%), and reservations should be made by April 21, 2017. Call 1-866-513-3488, and identify yourself as part of the NatureServe reservation.

Holiday Inn: Rates are $210 + taxes (~13%), and reservations should be made by May 1, 2017. Reserve online here: or call 1-866-876-4238 and identify yourself as part of the NatureServe reservation.


CMT 2017 is full. To support an effective training, the maximum number of participates is 30. Please email Shara Howie at if you are interested in participating in the next CMT to be held in May 2018. 



I really enjoyed the training! It gave me a sense of why I chose this job and a bigger picture of the NatureServe community and how it benefits species and habitat conservation. I think everyone in this field should attend the training at least once so they can appreciate and understand the standardized, science-based methodology that NatureServe offers to programs on an international scale.

-Stephanie Shelton, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.