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This training helps users of NatureServe species data to understand and, therefore, more effectively use NatureServe data.

Completion of NatureServe Data Use Training is required for those accessing precise species location data or species habitat models that are sensitive and, therefore, governed under a data license agreement, but is also recommended for anyone using NatureServe data and interested in learning more about the methodology behind the development of our species and ecosystem data.

This four-part training takes under an hour to complete. It provides an overview of NatureServe and the NatureServe Network Programs, the available biodiversity data and data products, and the methodology used to ensure standardized and high-quality information. The training also provides guidelines to support the appropriate use of NatureServe data.

To become a NatureServe Certified Data User, you are required to view three videos. You can pause and come back to each video at any time. After viewing the videos, you will be required to fill out a form to confirm completion of the training. This will initiate a process that allows you to access NatureServe data through NatureServe Explorer Pro or other methods determined by your organization.
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Tutorial One: Introduction to NatureServe

Play this video to complete the first Data Use Training section: Introduction to NatureServe. Upon completion of this video, the viewer will have an understanding of the history and focus of NatureServe, how it works with a network of programs across the U.S. and Canada to accomplish its work, and what makes this enterprise so unique.

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Tutorial Two: The Data We Provide

Play this video to complete the second Data Use Training section: The Data We Provide. In this module, you will gain an understanding of the scope of the biodiversity data NatureServe develops in collaboration with the NatureServe Network programs across the U.S. and Canada, and you'll learn the ways in which you can access this information.


  • 00:00 - Introduction to Part 2: An Overview of the Scope of Data NatureServe Provides
  • 14:40 - Part 2a: Understanding Documented Distribution Data (including Element Occurrences)
  • 24:41 - Part 2b: Understanding Modeled Distribution Data 
  • 37:10 - Part 2c: Understanding Conservation Status Ranks

Tutorial Three: Data Use Considerations & Requirements

Play this video to complete the third Data Use Training section: Data Use Considerations & Requirements. In this module, you will gain an understanding of things that should be considered and the terms of use that must be followed to ensure the protection of species and ensure our ability to continue to make this data available to guide conservation decision-making.

Tutorial Four: Accessing Data Through NatureServe Explorer Pro

After watching all of the videos, please fill out this form to complete the Data Use Training.