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  • Includes a Live In-Person Event on 11/05/2024 at 8:00 AM (PST)

    Historic Structures, Cultural Landscapes, Preservation Treatment, National Standards and Guidelines

    Guiding Principles for Field-based Historic Preservation, November 5 - 7, Joshua Tree National Park

    Guiding Principles for Field-based Historic Preservation is ideal for field personnel who work directly on historic structures and/or cultural landscapes and seek to feel more empowered using preservation philosophy when making historic preservation treatment decisions.  Participants will learn how to make preservation treatment recommendations using national standards and guidelines. Through case studies, discussions, and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to apply fundamental historic preservation concepts in developing treatment recommendations. 

     

    Tuition

    Tuition for BEST Workshops is collected by the Historic Preservation Training Center's Partner, Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades through this platform, The Campaign for Historic Trades' Learning Management System Elevate, all parties are 899-B compliant. 


    Upon check out, please use the following codes if you fall into the appropriate category. 


    BESTStudent450: This code is for student trainees to pay a discounted tuition amount of $50. You are eligible for this tuition rate if you are a college or university student enrolled at least half time in an accredited institution. Do not purchase this ticket if you are not a college/university student trainee. You should only purchase one ticket per workshop.


    Refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the BEST Workshop. Please note that refunds will not include a processing fee. 


    Email confirmation will be sent via learn@historictrades.org. Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email registration confirmation.


    Location and Travel for Workshop

    The workshop will be held at Joshua Tree National Park near Yucca Valley, CA.  The closest town is Yucca Valley, CA. The closest airport is Indio/Palm Springs (PSP).

    All students are independently responsible for finding, booking, and paying for all travel, transportation, and lodging. BEST Workshops do not assist with travel. 



    About the Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series 

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series trains National Park Service (NPS) employees at all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    While our workshops are focused on NPS resources and geared toward NPS workers, they are open to all government, public, and private sector trainees. 


    Workshop Series Progression

    BEST Workshops build on one another, following the natural progression of a historic preservation project. Listed below, this progression identifies major categories that take a project from concept to reality, and from design to implementation. 

    Inquiry:

    Students learn the basics of historic preservation principles and standards. These workshops are strongly recommended for all students before taking more advanced courses. 

    Documentation & Investigation:

    Students learn how to research historic resources and record existing conditions in the field, as well practice problem-solving strategies for identifying and understanding deterioration problems and quantifying their potential impact.

    Treatment:

    Students explore building technology, condition assessment, treatment, and conservation science of major traditional building materials. Treatment workshops are hands-on and split between the classroom and the field.

    Maintenance & Monitoring:

    Students learn the methods and best practices for continued stewardship of historic resources after their preservation, including how to evaluate treatments, write and follow maintenance and lifecycle plans, and bring historic resources into asset management programs



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the BEST Preservation Workshop Series?

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series instructs students of all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    Who can take a course?

    Workshops are open to anyone who is interested: federal, state, and local government employees; private sector contractors, consultants, architects, and design professionals; students; nonprofit employees; and homeowners.

    What is the cost per course? 

    Tuition costs vary between workshops. See individual workshop page for tuition. You are not enrolled in a workshop until you have paid tuition. Because workshops fill up fast, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop.

    Who do I talk to about an accommodation?

    If you are a person with a disability and you need accommodations, please contact us after you have registered and at least 3 weeks before the workshops at BEST_preservation@nps.gov or (307) 739-3571. 

    Is there lodging available at White Grass Ranch?

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, there is availability starting at $100.00/night limited housing at the ranch. Indicate at check out of you prefer to stay at the White Grass Ranch while attending training in Grand Teton National Park.

    What if I need to have my registration canceled/refunded?

    The Campaign can process refund requests up to fourteen days before the start date of the event. Please email best_preservation@nps.gov and learn@historictrades.org with the subject line REFUND REQUEST, with name, event details, and total amount in the email body. No refunds will be issued in the fourteen days before the start date of the event. The Campaign will deduct processing fees from your total refund amount. Funds will appear in your account within 30 days of the refund being processed.

  • Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/28/2024 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    Wood window preservation, woodworking, millwork, layout, joinery, repairs, replacement

    Advanced Wood Window Repair, October 28-November 8, Historic Preservation Shop in Frederick, MD

    Open to students who have mastered beginning wood window preservation skills like documentation, re-glazing, and simple dutchman repairs, participants in Advanced Wood Window Repair will learn the woodworking skills necessary to practice more advanced and intensive repairs for rails, stiles, and muntins. This is a two-week workshop. During the first week, students focus on the fundamentals of woodworking, including materials selection, safe stationary power tool use, safe hand tool use, fundamentals of millwork, layout, and basics of joinery. Students then apply these skills in the second week of the workshop, where they practice more complicated dutchman repairs, joinery repairs, and partial or full component replacement. 


    Tuition

    Tuition for BEST Workshops is collected by the Historic Preservation Training Center's Partner, Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades through this platform, The Campaign for Historic Trades' Learning Management System Elevate, all parties are 899-B compliant. 


    Upon check out, please use the following codes if you fall into the appropriate category. 


    BESTStudent750: This code is for student trainees to pay a discounted tuition amount of $50. You are eligible for this tuition rate if you are a college or university student enrolled at least half time in an accredited institution. Do not purchase this ticket if you are not a college/university student trainee. You should only purchase one ticket per workshop.


    Refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the BEST Workshop. Please note that refunds will not include a processing fee. 


    Email confirmation will be sent via learn@historictrades.org. Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email registration confirmation.


    Location and Travel for Workshop

    The workshop will be held at the Historic Preservation Shop in Frederick, MD. The closest lodging for this workshop is in Frederick, MD. There are three airports within similar distance between, Washington National (WAS), Baltimore Washington International (BWI), and Dulles International (IAD).


    All students are independently responsible for finding, booking, and paying for all travel, transportation, and lodging. BEST Workshops do not assist with travel. 



    About the Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series 

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series trains National Park Service (NPS) employees at all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    While our workshops are focused on NPS resources and geared toward NPS workers, they are open to all government, public, and private sector trainees. 


    Workshop Series Progression

    BEST Workshops build on one another, following the natural progression of a historic preservation project. Listed below, this progression identifies major categories that take a project from concept to reality, and from design to implementation. 

    Inquiry:

    Students learn the basics of historic preservation principles and standards. These workshops are strongly recommended for all students before taking more advanced courses. 

    Documentation & Investigation:

    Students learn how to research historic resources and record existing conditions in the field, as well practice problem-solving strategies for identifying and understanding deterioration problems and quantifying their potential impact.

    Treatment:

    Students explore building technology, condition assessment, treatment, and conservation science of major traditional building materials. Treatment workshops are hands-on and split between the classroom and the field.

    Maintenance & Monitoring:

    Students learn the methods and best practices for continued stewardship of historic resources after their preservation, including how to evaluate treatments, write and follow maintenance and lifecycle plans, and bring historic resources into asset management programs



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the BEST Preservation Workshop Series?

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series instructs students of all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    Who can take a course?

    Workshops are open to anyone who is interested: federal, state, and local government employees; private sector contractors, consultants, architects, and design professionals; students; nonprofit employees; and homeowners.

    What is the cost per course? 

    Tuition costs vary between workshops. See individual workshop page for tuition. You are not enrolled in a workshop until you have paid tuition. Because workshops fill up fast, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop.

    Who do I talk to about an accommodation?

    If you are a person with a disability and you need accommodations, please contact us after you have registered and at least 3 weeks before the workshops at BEST_preservation@nps.gov or (307) 739-3571. 

    Is there lodging available at White Grass Ranch?

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, there is a $100.00/night limited housing at the ranch. Indicate at check out of you prefer to stay at the White Grass Ranch while attending training in Grand Teton National Park.

    What if I need to have my registration canceled/refunded?

    The Campaign can process refund requests up to fourteen days before the start date of the event. Please email best_preservation@nps.gov and learn@historictrades.org with the subject line REFUND REQUEST, with name, event details, and total amount in the email body. No refunds will be issued in the fourteen days before the start date of the event. The Campaign will deduct processing fees from your total refund amount. Funds will appear in your account within 30 days of the refund being processed.

  • Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/21/2024 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

    Adobes, Earthen plasters, Conditions and Deterioration, Earthen Architecture

    Earthen Architecture Preservation and Repair, October 21 - October 25, Fort Davis National Historic Site

    Construction of architecture using earthen building materials is one of the oldest surviving building traditions in the world for many reasons. Adaptable, sustainable, and sophisticated, earthen architectural traditions have a long history in the arid Southwest that endures today. Caring for and preserving these resources can be challenging, as many of them do not conform to our contemporary expectations of what makes a material suitable for building and what its maintenance looks like. In this workshop, students will learn about the materials science and construction of earthen architecture, as well as experiment with building materials derived from soil such as adobes and earthen plasters and mortars. Participants will examine what deterioration looks like in earthen structures, determine root causes of condition, and think through stabilization measures. Lastly, students will practice small-scale repairs in the field, such as replacing adobes and applying earth plaster


    Tuition

    Tuition for BEST Workshops is collected by the Historic Preservation Training Center's Partner, Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades through this platform, The Campaign for Historic Trades' Learning Management System Elevate, all parties are 899-B compliant. 


    Upon check out, please use the following codes if you fall into the appropriate category. 


    BESTStudent750: This code is for student trainees to pay a discounted tuition amount of $50. You are eligible for this tuition rate if you are a college or university student enrolled at least half time in an accredited institution. Do not purchase this ticket if you are not a college/university student trainee. You should only purchase one ticket per workshop.


    Refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the BEST Workshop. Please note that refunds will not include a processing fee. 


    Email confirmation will be sent via learn@historictrades.org. Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email registration confirmation.


    Location and Travel for Workshop

    The workshop will be held at Fort Davis National Historic Site in Fort Davis, TX. The closest lodging for this workshop is in Fort Davis, Alpine, or Marfa, TX. The closest airport is Midland, TX.


    All students are independently responsible for finding, booking, and paying for all travel, transportation, and lodging. BEST Workshops do not assist with travel. 



    About the Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series 

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series trains National Park Service (NPS) employees at all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    While our workshops are focused on NPS resources and geared toward NPS workers, they are open to all government, public, and private sector trainees. 


    Workshop Series Progression

    BEST Workshops build on one another, following the natural progression of a historic preservation project. Listed below, this progression identifies major categories that take a project from concept to reality, and from design to implementation. 

    Inquiry:

    Students learn the basics of historic preservation principles and standards. These workshops are strongly recommended for all students before taking more advanced courses. 

    Documentation & Investigation:

    Students learn how to research historic resources and record existing conditions in the field, as well practice problem-solving strategies for identifying and understanding deterioration problems and quantifying their potential impact.

    Treatment:

    Students explore building technology, condition assessment, treatment, and conservation science of major traditional building materials. Treatment workshops are hands-on and split between the classroom and the field.

    Maintenance & Monitoring:

    Students learn the methods and best practices for continued stewardship of historic resources after their preservation, including how to evaluate treatments, write and follow maintenance and lifecycle plans, and bring historic resources into asset management programs



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the BEST Preservation Workshop Series?

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series instructs students of all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    Who can take a course?

    Workshops are open to anyone who is interested: federal, state, and local government employees; private sector contractors, consultants, architects, and design professionals; students; nonprofit employees; and homeowners.

    What is the cost per course? 

    Tuition costs vary between workshops. See individual workshop page for tuition. You are not enrolled in a workshop until you have paid tuition. Because workshops fill up fast, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop.

    Who do I talk to about an accommodation?

    If you are a person with a disability and you need accommodations, please contact us after you have registered and at least 3 weeks before the workshops at BEST_preservation@nps.gov or (307) 739-3571. 

    Is there lodging available at White Grass Ranch?

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, there is a $100.00/night limited housing at the ranch. Indicate at check out of you prefer to stay at the White Grass Ranch while attending training in Grand Teton National Park.

    What if I need to have my registration canceled/refunded?

    The Campaign can process refund requests up to fourteen days before the start date of the event. Please email best_preservation@nps.gov and learn@historictrades.org with the subject line REFUND REQUEST, with name, event details, and total amount in the email body. No refunds will be issued in the fourteen days before the start date of the event. The Campaign will deduct processing fees from your total refund amount. Funds will appear in your account within 30 days of the refund being processed.

  • Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/15/2024 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    Historic Structures, Cultural Landscapes, Preservation Treatment, National Standards and Guidelines

    Guiding Principles for Field-based Historic Preservation, October 15 - 17, Acadia National Park

    Guiding Principles for Field-based Historic Preservation is ideal for field personnel who work directly on historic structures and/or cultural landscapes and seek to feel more empowered using preservation philosophy when making historic preservation treatment decisions.  Participants will learn how to make preservation treatment recommendations using national standards and guidelines. Through case studies, discussions, and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to apply fundamental historic preservation concepts in developing treatment recommendations. 

     

    Tuition

    Tuition for BEST Workshops is collected by the Historic Preservation Training Center's Partner, Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades through this platform, The Campaign for Historic Trades' Learning Management System Elevate, all parties are 899-B compliant. 


    Upon check out, please use the following codes if you fall into the appropriate category. 


    BESTStudent450: This code is for student trainees to pay a discounted tuition amount of $50. You are eligible for this tuition rate if you are a college or university student enrolled at least half time in an accredited institution. Do not purchase this ticket if you are not a college/university student trainee. You should only purchase one ticket per workshop.



    Refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the BEST Workshop. Please note that refunds will not include a processing fee. 


    Email confirmation will be sent via learn@historictrades.org. Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email registration confirmation.


    Location and Travel for Workshop

    The workshop will be held at Schoodic Institute, Acadia National Park, near Winter Harbor, ME.  The closest town is Winter Harbor, ME. The closest airport(s) are Bar Harbor Airport (BHB), Bangor International Airport (BGR) or Portland International Jetport (PWM).

    The Schoodic Institute does offer lodging with a meal plan at the per diem rate.  If interested, indicate your preference upon check-out; The Schoodic Institute will contact you directly with booking, meal plan, and payment information.

    All students are independently responsible for finding, booking, and paying for all travel, transportation, and lodging. BEST Workshops do not assist with travel. 



    About the Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series 

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series trains National Park Service (NPS) employees at all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    While our workshops are focused on NPS resources and geared toward NPS workers, they are open to all government, public, and private sector trainees. 


    Workshop Series Progression

    BEST Workshops build on one another, following the natural progression of a historic preservation project. Listed below, this progression identifies major categories that take a project from concept to reality, and from design to implementation. 

    Inquiry:

    Students learn the basics of historic preservation principles and standards. These workshops are strongly recommended for all students before taking more advanced courses. 

    Documentation & Investigation:

    Students learn how to research historic resources and record existing conditions in the field, as well practice problem-solving strategies for identifying and understanding deterioration problems and quantifying their potential impact.

    Treatment:

    Students explore building technology, condition assessment, treatment, and conservation science of major traditional building materials. Treatment workshops are hands-on and split between the classroom and the field.

    Maintenance & Monitoring:

    Students learn the methods and best practices for continued stewardship of historic resources after their preservation, including how to evaluate treatments, write and follow maintenance and lifecycle plans, and bring historic resources into asset management programs



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the BEST Preservation Workshop Series?

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series instructs students of all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    Who can take a course?

    Workshops are open to anyone who is interested: federal, state, and local government employees; private sector contractors, consultants, architects, and design professionals; students; nonprofit employees; and homeowners.

    What is the cost per course? 

    Tuition costs vary between workshops. See individual workshop page for tuition. You are not enrolled in a workshop until you have paid tuition. Because workshops fill up fast, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop.

    Who do I talk to about an accommodation?

    If you are a person with a disability and you need accommodations, please contact us after you have registered and at least 3 weeks before the workshops at BEST_preservation@nps.gov or (307) 739-3571. 

    Is there lodging available at White Grass Ranch?

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, housing at the ranch. A venue use fee of $250.00 will be collected approximately 3 weeks prior to your intended stay. Indicate at check out of you prefer to stay at the White Grass Ranch while attending training in Grand Teton National Park.

    What if I need to have my registration canceled/refunded?

    The Campaign can process refund requests up to fourteen days before the start date of the event. Please email best_preservation@nps.gov and learn@historictrades.org with the subject line REFUND REQUEST, with name, event details, and total amount in the email body. No refunds will be issued in the fourteen days before the start date of the event. The Campaign will deduct processing fees from your total refund amount. Funds will appear in your account within 30 days of the refund being processed.

  • Includes a Live In-Person Event on 10/07/2024 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

    Instructor Training, Hands on Pedagogy, problem solving

    Beyond Hands on Instructor Training (BHIT), October 7-10, Penn Center, Savannah, GA

    Are you interested in passing on your craft and trade knowledge but haven’t had the opportunity to hone your teaching skills? HPTC has partnered with Toponexus to develop a collateral-duty instructor training program based on the "Beyond Hands-On Model" used in BEST workshops. “Beyond Hands-On” takes the traditional “hands-on” skills training approach and integrates it with problem solving and appreciation for historical craft and historic resources, or, as short-hand: hands-on, heads-on, and hearts-on learning. During this interactive workshop, students will be challenged to expand their teaching capacity with new skills, knowledge, and inspiration.  

    No matter what trade, no matter what the “classroom” looks like, the Beyond Hands-On learning model is universal, digestible, and customizable. This workshop is open to trades instructors, supervisors, mentors, park leads and/or training coordinators. Students in Beyond Hands-On Instructor Training will take a closer look at their own teaching toolbox to reconsider what’s working and what’s not. Trainees will gain new insights and usable Beyond Hands-On tools to apply to their own practice, and in doing so, will be a part of the movement that takes historic trades training to the next level with this fresh approach. 

    Tuition

    Tuition for BEST Workshops is collected by the Historic Preservation Training Center's Partner, Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades through this platform, The Campaign for Historic Trades' Learning Management System Elevate, all parties are 899-B compliant. 


    Upon check out, please use the following codes if you fall into the appropriate category. 


    BESTStudent600: This code is for student trainees to pay a discounted tuition amount of $50. You are eligible for this tuition rate if you are a college or university student enrolled at least half time in an accredited institution. Do not purchase this ticket if you are not a college/university student trainee. You should only purchase one ticket per workshop.


    Refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the BEST Workshop. Please note that refunds will not include a processing fee. 


    Email confirmation will be sent via learn@historictrades.org. Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email registration confirmation.


    Location and Travel for Workshop

    The workshop will be held at the Penn Center in Savannah, GA.  The closest town is Savannah, GA. The closest airport is Savannah Hilton Head International (SAV).

    All students are independently responsible for finding, booking, and paying for all travel, transportation, and lodging. BEST Workshops do not assist with travel. 



    About the Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series 

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series trains National Park Service (NPS) employees at all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    While our workshops are focused on NPS resources and geared toward NPS workers, they are open to all government, public, and private sector trainees. 


    Workshop Series Progression

    BEST Workshops build on one another, following the natural progression of a historic preservation project. Listed below, this progression identifies major categories that take a project from concept to reality, and from design to implementation. 

    Inquiry:

    Students learn the basics of historic preservation principles and standards. These workshops are strongly recommended for all students before taking more advanced courses. 

    Documentation & Investigation:

    Students learn how to research historic resources and record existing conditions in the field, as well practice problem-solving strategies for identifying and understanding deterioration problems and quantifying their potential impact.

    Treatment:

    Students explore building technology, condition assessment, treatment, and conservation science of major traditional building materials. Treatment workshops are hands-on and split between the classroom and the field.

    Maintenance & Monitoring:

    Students learn the methods and best practices for continued stewardship of historic resources after their preservation, including how to evaluate treatments, write and follow maintenance and lifecycle plans, and bring historic resources into asset management programs



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the BEST Preservation Workshop Series?

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series instructs students of all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    Who can take a course?

    Workshops are open to anyone who is interested: federal, state, and local government employees; private sector contractors, consultants, architects, and design professionals; students; nonprofit employees; and homeowners.

    What is the cost per course? 

    Tuition costs vary between workshops. See individual workshop page for tuition. You are not enrolled in a workshop until you have paid tuition. Because workshops fill up fast, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop.

    Who do I talk to about an accommodation?

    If you are a person with a disability and you need accommodations, please contact us after you have registered and at least 3 weeks before the workshops at BEST_preservation@nps.gov or (307) 739-3571. 

    Is there lodging available at White Grass Ranch?

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, there is limited housing available at the ranch. Indicate at check out of you prefer to stay at the White Grass Ranch while attending training in Grand Teton National Park.

    What if I need to have my registration canceled/refunded?

    You have the availability to cancel your registration through this site. The Campaign can process refund requests UP TO fourteen days before the start date of the event. Please email learn@historictrades.org with the subject line REFUND REQUEST, with name, event details, and total amount in the email body. No refunds will be issued in the fourteen days before the start date of the event. The Campaign will refund 75% on the total you paid for the event; our payment processer will deduct processing fees from your total refund amount. Funds will appear in your account within 30 days of the refund being processed.

  • Includes a Live In-Person Event on 08/26/2024 at 8:00 AM (MDT)

    Water/ Air/Temperature Issues, Historical Structures, Building Health, Maintenance

    Thinking Through Water, Air, and Temperature Issues in Historic Structures, August 26 - August 29, Grand Teton National Park

    The interaction between airflow, water vapor, liquid water, and heat (or lack of heat) in and around a historic building directly relate to its longevity, performance, and comfort. When these interactions are altered through a change in materials, use, or design, unintended damage can result. In Water, Air, and Temperature Issues, students explore and experiment with how these three elements behave and influence each other in historic structures and how to manage them to maintain the health and use of buildings. Through discussion, labs, field exercises, and case studies, participants identify building deterioration as a function of water, air, and heat movement; solve problems caused by well-intended but improper treatments; and evaluate options for retrofit in keeping with NPS preservation standards. Participants are encouraged to bring air, water, and heat issues from their home regions for discussion and group problem solving.

    Tuition

    Tuition for BEST Workshops is collected by the Historic Preservation Training Center's Partner, Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades through this platform, The Campaign for Historic Trades' Learning Management System Elevate, all parties are 899-B compliant. 


    Upon check out, please use the following codes if you fall into the appropriate category. 


    BESTStudent600: This code is for student trainees to pay a discounted tuition amount of $50. You are eligible for this tuition rate if you are a college or university student enrolled at least half time in an accredited institution. Do not purchase this ticket if you are not a college/university student trainee. You should only purchase one ticket per workshop.


    Refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the BEST Workshop. Please note that refunds will not include a processing fee. 


    Email confirmation will be sent via learn@historictrades.org. Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email registration confirmation.


    Location and Travel for Workshop

    The workshop will be held at White Grass Ranch, Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, WY.  The closest town is Jackson, WY. The closest airport is Jackson Hole Airport, WY.

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, there is an option for shared lodging at the ranch.

    Lodging at White Grass is free, however, our partner - Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades - charges a flat $250/person fee for those staying at the ranch to cover the materials, supplies and equipment that they use to provide an excellent training experience. This is not $250/day! Your $250 flat fee is for the entire workshop that you are attending. We will contact you after you submit your registration 2-4 weeks before the workshop with a link to pay this venue use fee, as well as additional information about staying at White Grass. Purchase cards will be used to complete this payment.

    For all workshops, check in is between 3-6pm the day before the workshops starts, with a mandatory orientation at 6:15. Check out is by 9am the day after the workshop ends. For example, if the workshop is Tuesday, June 3 to Thursday June 6, check in is on Monday, June 2 from 3-6 pm, and check out in before 9 am on Friday, June 7. There are no early or extended stays at the ranch.


    Helpful Information before Submitting your Preference:
    • Cabins have bathrooms, running water, electricity, and heat.
    • Cabins are shared occupancy - you may be sharing a room and/or bathroom with other trainees
    • The kitchen in the main cabin is shared
    • Meals are the responsibility of the trainee. Be prepared to cook meals - there are no restaurants close to White Grass and traffic in the summer makes traveling to nearby communities prohibitive
    • White Grass guests must arrive by 6 PM the day prior to the workshop and depart by 9 AM the day following the workshop
    • Guests are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the ranch
    • The ranch is not accessible via public transportation and there are limited ride-sharing/ taxi services in the area
    • Search "White Grass Dude Ranch" in Google Maps to see the ranch's location within Grand Teton NP and the larger area.
    • White Grass will only be accessible from the south entrance station for 2024 (near Teton Village). The north section of the Moose-Wilson Road will be closed during the week


    All students are independently responsible for finding, booking, and paying for all travel, transportation, and lodging. BEST Workshops do not assist with travel. 



    About the Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series 

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series trains National Park Service (NPS) employees at all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    While our workshops are focused on NPS resources and geared toward NPS workers, they are open to all government, public, and private sector trainees. 


    Workshop Series Progression

    BEST Workshops build on one another, following the natural progression of a historic preservation project. Listed below, this progression identifies major categories that take a project from concept to reality, and from design to implementation. 

    Inquiry:

    Students learn the basics of historic preservation principles and standards. These workshops are strongly recommended for all students before taking more advanced courses. 

    Documentation & Investigation:

    Students learn how to research historic resources and record existing conditions in the field, as well practice problem-solving strategies for identifying and understanding deterioration problems and quantifying their potential impact.

    Treatment:

    Students explore building technology, condition assessment, treatment, and conservation science of major traditional building materials. Treatment workshops are hands-on and split between the classroom and the field.

    Maintenance & Monitoring:

    Students learn the methods and best practices for continued stewardship of historic resources after their preservation, including how to evaluate treatments, write and follow maintenance and lifecycle plans, and bring historic resources into asset management programs



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the BEST Preservation Workshop Series?

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series instructs students of all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    Who can take a course?

    Workshops are open to anyone who is interested: federal, state, and local government employees; private sector contractors, consultants, architects, and design professionals; students; nonprofit employees; and homeowners.

    What is the cost per course? 

    Tuition costs vary between workshops. See individual workshop page for tuition. You are not enrolled in a workshop until you have paid tuition. Because workshops fill up fast, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop.

    Who do I talk to about an accommodation?

    If you are a person with a disability and you need accommodations, please contact us after you have registered and at least 3 weeks before the workshops at BEST_preservation@nps.gov or (307) 739-3571. 

    Is there lodging available at White Grass Ranch?

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, there is limited shared housing at the ranch. Those staying at White Grass pay a flat $250/person/workshop venue use fee, collected by our partner. Indicate at check out of you prefer to stay at the White Grass Ranch while attending training in Grand Teton National Park.

    What if I need to have my registration canceled/refunded?

    You have the availability to cancel your registration through contacting BEST_Preservation@nps.gov with the subject line REFUND REQUEST, and your request with the event name and any details within the email body. The Campaign can process refund requests UP TO fourteen days before the start date of the event. No refunds will be issued in the fourteen days before the start date of the event. Our payment processer will deduct processing fees from your total refund amount. Funds will appear in your account within 30 days of the refund being processed.

  • Includes a Live In-Person Event on 08/06/2024 at 8:00 AM (MDT)

    Historic Structures, Cultural Landscapes, Preservation Treatment, National Standards and Guidelines

    Guiding Principles for Field-based Historic Preservation, August 6 - 8, Grand Canyon National Park, Horace P. Albright Training Center

    Guiding Principles for Field-based Historic Preservation is ideal for field personnel who work directly on historic structures and/or cultural landscapes and seek to feel more empowered using preservation philosophy when making historic preservation treatment decisions.  Participants will learn how to make preservation treatment recommendations using national standards and guidelines. Through case studies, discussions, and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to apply fundamental historic preservation concepts in developing treatment recommendations. 

     

    Tuition

    Tuition for BEST Workshops is collected by the Historic Preservation Training Center's Partner, Preservation Maryland/The Campaign for Historic Trades through this platform, The Campaign for Historic Trades' Learning Management System Elevate, all parties are 899-B compliant. 


    Upon check out, please use the following codes if you fall into the appropriate category. 


    BESTStudent450: This code is for student trainees to pay a discounted tuition amount of $50. You are eligible for this tuition rate if you are a college or university student enrolled at least half time in an accredited institution. Do not purchase this ticket if you are not a college/university student trainee. You should only purchase one ticket per workshop.

    Refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the BEST Workshop. Please note that refunds will not include a processing fee. 

    Email confirmation will be sent via learn@historictrades.org. Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email registration confirmation.


    Location and Travel for Workshop

    The workshop will be held at Horace P. Albright Training Center, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.  The closest town is Flagstaff, AZ. The closest airport(s) is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG).

    The Horace P. Albright Training Center does offer lodging at the per diem rate. Their amenities include rooms with kitchenettes and access to a larger communal kitchen, laundry and recreational areas. If interested, indicate your preference upon check-out; Albright Training Center will contact you directly with booking and payment information.

    All students are independently responsible for finding, booking, and paying for all travel, transportation, and lodging. BEST Workshops do not assist with travel. 



    About the Brick Earth Stone and Timber (BEST) Preservation Workshop Series 

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series trains National Park Service (NPS) employees at all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    While our workshops are focused on NPS resources and geared toward NPS workers, they are open to all government, public, and private sector trainees. 


    Workshop Series Progression

    BEST Workshops build on one another, following the natural progression of a historic preservation project. Listed below, this progression identifies major categories that take a project from concept to reality, and from design to implementation. 

    Inquiry:

    Students learn the basics of historic preservation principles and standards. These workshops are strongly recommended for all students before taking more advanced courses. 

    Documentation & Investigation:

    Students learn how to research historic resources and record existing conditions in the field, as well practice problem-solving strategies for identifying and understanding deterioration problems and quantifying their potential impact.

    Treatment:

    Students explore building technology, condition assessment, treatment, and conservation science of major traditional building materials. Treatment workshops are hands-on and split between the classroom and the field.

    Maintenance & Monitoring:

    Students learn the methods and best practices for continued stewardship of historic resources after their preservation, including how to evaluate treatments, write and follow maintenance and lifecycle plans, and bring historic resources into asset management programs



    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the BEST Preservation Workshop Series?

    The BEST Preservation Workshop Series instructs students of all levels in the preservation of traditionally built historic resources using problem-based and hands-on learning. Participants should be prepared to think critically, make mistakes, and experiment – both physically and mentally – with materials and concepts at the workshop.

    Who can take a course?

    Workshops are open to anyone who is interested: federal, state, and local government employees; private sector contractors, consultants, architects, and design professionals; students; nonprofit employees; and homeowners.

    What is the cost per course? 

    Tuition costs vary between workshops. See individual workshop page for tuition. You are not enrolled in a workshop until you have paid tuition. Because workshops fill up fast, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop.

    Who do I talk to about an accommodation?

    If you are a person with a disability and you need accommodations, please contact us after you have registered and at least 3 weeks before the workshops at BEST_preservation@nps.gov or (307) 739-3571. 

    Is there lodging available at White Grass Ranch?

    Workshops in Grand Teton National Park are held at White Grass Ranch, a rehabilitated historic dude ranch. During these workshops, there is availability starting at $100.00/night limited housing at the ranch. Indicate at check out of you prefer to stay at the White Grass Ranch while attending training in Grand Teton National Park.

    What if I need to have my registration canceled/refunded?

    The Campaign can process refund requests up to fourteen days before the start date of the event. Please email best_preservation@nps.gov and learn@historictrades.org with the subject line REFUND REQUEST, with name, event details, and total amount in the email body. No refunds will be issued in the fourteen days before the start date of the event. The Campaign will deduct processing fees from your total refund amount. Funds will appear in your account within 30 days of the refund being processed.

  • Includes Credits

    Empowering historic trades trainers with an adaptive learning model that promotes immersive, self-directed, and comprehensive hands-on, heads-on, hearts-on education.

    Welcome to the Beyond Hands-On Instructor Training (BHIT) program, a pioneering initiative developed in collaboration with TOPOnexus, the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), Preservation Maryland and The Campaign for Historic Trades. This program is designed to elevate the skills of trainers within the historic trades, providing them with an adaptive and dynamic learning model tailored to meet student needs.

    At the heart of BHIT is the belief in empowering learners to take control of their education. Through a combination of hands-on experiences, emotional engagement, and intellectual commitment, we encourage participants to become immersed, motivated, and self-directed in their learning process. This approach ensures that learning goes beyond just practical skills, embedding a deeper understanding and appreciation for the historic trades. 

    Join us as we explore this innovative training program, where you will not only learn how to effectively teach your trades, but also inspire and cultivate a passion for preservation in your students. With BHIT, it's about more than just the hands-on experience; it's about engaging the heart (hearts-on) and mind (heads-on) to create a comprehensive learning environment. 


    40-hour Training with 5 Modules:

    BHIT Module 1: Get Oriented (1 hour)

    Meet your instructors and cohort, walk-thru expectations and modules.

    BHIT Module 2: Prep-Work (1 hour)

    Identify a skill/concept in your trade that you want to teach; create a lesson plan for how you might teach it at a trades training; bring your lesson plan to the BHO Training.

    BHIT Module 3: BHO Training (4 days)

    Learn the Beyond Hands-On philosophy, framework and routines; gain teaching techniques and tips; translate the BHO learning model to your trade.

    BHIT Module 4: Post Work (1 hour)

    Refine your lesson plan by integrating Beyond Hands-On methods.

    BHIT Module 5: Shareouts (1 hour)

    Share your BHO lesson plan with your cohort. 

    Kelly Pratt (Moderator)

    Training Coordinator

    The Campaign for Historic Trades


    Kelly has B.A. in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington. Her education and experience encompasses archaeology, museums, archives, cemeteries, architectural materials conservation, and research. She is currently working towards a master's degree in Cultural and Heritage resource management. Kelly specializes in minority cemetery preservation, documentation, and mapping. She focuses on applying historic preservation standards and sustainable practices to protect and restore cultural heritage. In her spare time, she experiments with stained glass.


    Training Completed:

    Beyond Hands-On Instructor Training (BHIT)


    Instructor Competencies:

    Cemetery Preservation

    Cemetery Documentation and Mapping

    Headstone Cleaning

    Historic Preservation