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Five more shifts to fill for Farm Show, staff conference, and news from Berks County Conservation District. 
"Imagine the Opportunities" and Volunteer for the 2020 PA Farm Show!
Only 5 more shifts to fill...please help us  reach full coverage of the conservation district booth!

PACD will again be partnering with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to host a conservation district booth at the 2020 PA Farm Show Free parking passes will be provided to all volunteers who sign-up before December 20.
Click here to read about what's new for the 2020 Farm Show event.
We need two volunteers per shift to staff the booth for the following days and times:
Saturday, January 4       12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 5         ALL SLOTS FILLED
Monday, January 6        ALL SLOTS FILLED
Tuesday, January 7       ALL SLOTS FILLED
Wednesday, January 8   ALL SLOTS FILLED
Thursday, January 9      8:00 am to 12:30 pm (1 volunteer needed) and 12:30pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, January 10         12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday, January 11     12:30 pm to 5:00 pm    
Let us know as soon as possible if you would like to fill one of these shifts. Please contact Jann McNamara at  with your contact information and the shift you'd like to fill.

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2020 Building for Tomorrow Staff Conference Keynote Sessions Focus on Emotional Intelligence and Time Management

Registration is open for the 2020 Building for Tomorrow Staff Conference, scheduled for February 12-13 at the Wyndham Garden State College. The conference is open to all non-management conservation district staff.
Productive Conflict & Emotional Intelligence will be the focus of the Day 1 Keynote session. Understanding what emotional intelligence is and why it's important to develop is crucial in maintaining good relationships with your team and dealing effectively with difficult people. The presentation will introduce four attributes of emotional intelligence and a quadrant model. Participants will explore scenarios for utilizing each attribute and take a self-scored inventory to identify and better understand their individual and team behavior styles.
This session will be presented by Janet McNally, D.Ed. SPHR, of Camp Hill-based Team Development Services. Janet brings over 25 years of experience in human resources and organization development consulting and is an instructor for management and leadership courses at Penn State York.
The Day 2 Keynote session, Getting Things Done through Time Management, will provide an informative and entertaining take on navigating the productivity and time management challenges everyone faces in their daily lives. Participants will discover the secrets of effective time management and learn why it has nothing to do with cramming more into your day and to-do list. The presentation will cover powerful tools for time management that will help change your thinking about time, develop daily discipline for how you spend it, maximize your impact at work, build the foundations for professional success, and improve your peace of mind.
This session will be presented by Cindy Aronson of Cindy Aronson Workplace Training, based in Bemus Point, NY.With over 25 years of experience in the field of organizational development, Cindy has been a training partner with a variety of businesses and organizations and thousands of talented  professionals in the fields of education, healthcare, human services, manufacturing, finance, entertainment, government, utilities, and not-for-profits.
Click here for more information and to register. The deadline for room block reservations is January 10, 2020.
Financial and other support for the Building for Tomorrow Leadership Development Program is provided through a grant from the Pennsylvania State Conservation Commission. Guidance for the Program is provided through the Pennsylvania Conservation Partnership's Leadership Development Committee.
Berks County Conservation District Holds Community Tree Planting Event 
The Berks County Conservation District (BCCD) was awarded a $2,500 grant through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) Outreach Program Office (administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts).
The grant funds were used to hold a community tree planting event on November 9, 2019. At the event, 20 volunteers helped to plant 130 trees on 0.6 acres. As part of the event, BCCD staff provided education on how to plant a forested riparian buffer, the environmental benefits, financial programs available, and required maintenance for the buffers to succeed.
Financial and other support for the CREP Outreach Program Office Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDA-NRCS.
Click here to read the entire article. 
Photo caption: Community tree planting coordinated by the Berks County Conservation District. Photo provided by BCCD.
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Upcoming Events

January 22-23, 2020
Wyndham Garden State College, Boalsburg, PA

February 12-13, 2020
Wyndham Garden State College, Boalsburg, PA

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