The following resources are online trainings, webinars, and learning resources to help you enhance your knowledge and skills in the areas of Cultural Resources, Historic Preservation, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

All of these can be accessed from the comfort of your office or home! Be sure to check back on this page as it is updated often with new resources. If you have any questions please contact Cari Kreshak: cari_kreshak@nps.gov

Introductory Resources

These resources will provide you with an introduction and/or the basic knowledge and understanding about Cultural Resources and Historic Preservation.

Foundations of Cultural Resources
This learning activity is an overview of the National Park Service Cultural Resources Program.

Discovering History
In this activity, learn about the National Park Service history program and why it is important.

Connect with Other Geeks!
Connect with other building geeks – learn about the Preservation Trades Network.

NPS Mission 66 Era Resources
Learn the history behind Mission 66 and how the era greatly enlarged the park system and expanded entire categories of parks.

Introduction to Cultural Landscapes
This video is an introduction to cultural landscapes of the National Park Service. Originally presented as a webinar, this video is an overview of how cultural landscapes are defined and managed, and is suitable for audiences new to the topic.

Hone Your Skills and Knowledge!

These resources will help you advance your knowledge and skills in the areas of Cultural Resources, Historic Preservation, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

In Effigy
This online training explores the values of our NPS culture, and how a failure of leadership and accountability will impact park staff and resources.

Getting Started with Section 106
Getting Started with Section 106 is a comprehensive training on what Section 106 is and how to implement it.

Standards and Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Properties
This learning activity is an overview of the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties – what they are and how to use them!

Preservation Horticulture Pruning
In this learning activity, participants will learn the types of pruning, proper cuts, timing, and basic tools required in preservation horticulture pruning.

Historic Preservation Fundamentals Learning Series
Are you interested in learning more about historic preservation in national parks? Come join our Historic Preservation Fundamentals Learning Series. You’ll learn about the significance, integrity, character, treatments, and documentation involved in working with historic properties.

Trades Alive!
Trades Alive! is a series of step-by-step videos on a variety of historic preservation trades.

Preserving, restoring and rehabilitating historic buildings
These online learning activities by the NPS Technical Preservation Services provide guidance on preserving, restoring, and rehabilitating historic buildings.

Preservation Briefs
Preservation Briefs provide information on preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work.

What’s a McMansion?
This TED Talk brings up interesting ideas about residential design and how we view houses now versus prior to 1980.

Intersection of Identity and Monuments
This TED Talk explores the intersection of identity and monuments; why monuments are targeted for destruction and why they are important on a large scale are discussed.

Why Preserve?
Visit the blog for Vince Michael, the Executive Director of the San Antonio Conservation Society, where he explains the psychology, economics, and sustainability of historic preservation.

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