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NOAA Facilitation Basics Training – September 17, 2019

Facilitation Basics for Coastal Managers

Tuesday September 17, 2019 9AM to 5PM

Norrie Point Environmental Center

256 Norrie Point Way

Staatsburg, NY 12580

To register, please email A registration email will be sent to you.


Full Description on NOAA Website

This course provides tools to design and implement productive meetings. Participants will learn basic facilitation skills and techniques for dealing with disruptive behaviors. Class time is provided to practice using tools and skills to plan and facilitate meetings that accomplish objectives while minimizing conflict. Participants at every level are welcome, since the new skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, a meeting.

You will learn how to:

  • Facilitate meetings effectively
  • Use appropriate process tools and techniques to reach the meeting objectives
  • Identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them

Course instructor:

Melissa Ladd is a Senior Project Manager (PMP) and Facilitator (CPF) for mission-driven socially responsible organizations. She has experience in strategic planning, environmental conservation, training, Agile software development, and corporate sustainability.  

Course Outline

View or download the course outline HERE.


Facilitation Basics for Coastal Managers is hosted by the HRNERR Hudson River Estuary Training Program and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Additional Information for Attendees:

Lunch will NOT be provided – this will be a whole-day event, please bring your own lunch. Snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Consider the train or carpooling.  Metro North comes to Poughkeepsie. Amtrak stops at  Rhinecliff from the north, and Poughkeepsie from the south. 

If you require overnight accommodations try the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, ask for government rate if this applies. Or use this website for listings of lodging in Hyde Park: 

Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2020

The canoe and kayak launch on the Kidd Lane access road at Tivoli Bays WMA is closed for renovations until further notice. At this time, DEC does not have an estimated completion date for the project. Please contact Nathan Ermer at 845-256-3047 for more information about this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding.