Preservation and Treatment of Park Cultural Resources - September 9-13, 2013
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield & Ashland, WI, sponsored by Stephen T. Mather Training Center

This 40-hour field-based course includes a competency-based curriculum designed specifically for Facility Managers, Cultural Resource Managers, and other Managers with Cultural Resource responsibilities. It focuses on the critical knowledge and skills needed to provide essential direction and oversight pertaining to the preservation, treatment, and maintenance of park cultural resources. The course takes place within a park setting that serves as a laboratory and test case for applying the knowledge and skills presented in the classroom. Encouraging an interdisciplinary team approach, the course emphasizes collaboration across disciplines and building a shared understanding and appreciation of resource stewardship in the evaluation, documentation, and treatment of park cultural resources.

The course will be held at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield, WI, from September 9-13, 2013. The course includes a one day field-based case study which will require transport by boat with exposure to possibly rough water on Lake Superior, and field work on a remote island in a wilderness setting.

Apostle Island views

Optional Activity - Scenic Boat Tour, Saturday, September 14th!

On the Saturday following class (September 14th) many of your instructors and some of your fellow students are taking a boat tour - The Grand Tour.  On that day there is only one boat tour and it is scheduled to depart at 10:00a.  The description of the boat tour from the website:

"The Grand Tour takes you on a narrated, informative 55-mile scenic cruise. Throughout this memorable cruise, you’ll pass extraordinary natural scenery, beautiful historic Raspberry and Devils Island Lighthouses, standing rocks, extensive sea caves, and marine wildlife. Learn the rich history of centuries of human interaction with Wisconsin’s “Crown Jewels” on majestic Lake Superior. Approximately 3¼ hour cruise." 

Sounds Great!  If you're going to be in the area on Saturday and would like to take part in the Grand Tour at 10:00a on September 14th, take a look at the tour website at: 

Seats on the tour boat are limited and you will need to reserve soon if you would like to go.  The cost of the tour is $42.35 (including tax).  You can purchase tickets online at: or call them at: 800-323-7619.


This course addresses the following cultural resources stewardship competencies: preservation law, philosophy, and practice; research and inventory; preservation planning and compliance; preservation, treatment, and maintenance; and project and program management.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:
  • Apply the steps in the planning process to research, assess, develop, and implement short and long-term strategies specific to park cultural resources. 
  • Develop and execute preservation and rehabilitation treatments within the framework of laws, regulations, policies, standards and documents that govern work on cultural resources. 
  • Integrate compliance timelines into the planning process, integrating NEPA and NHPA processes to reduce or eliminate decisions whose results expose management to controversial or legal actions.
  • Ensure that all preservation, treatment intervention, and maintenance work accomplished is evaluated, documented and preserved.
  • Utilize databases, such as the Facility Management Software System (FMSS), in the assessment, tracking, funding, and documentation of treatment work on cultural resources.

The NPS Call to Action commits the National Park Service to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering our carbon footprint. According to the Environmental Protection Agency preventing a ton of paper waste saves from 15 to 17 mature trees. We are supporting the goal of reducing paper waste by making all course handouts and learning materials for this course available electronically through this website and minimizing the use of printed documents during the workshop. 

All workshop participants are encouraged to BYOD - "bring your own device". If you have access to a laptop or tablet device please bring it with you to the workshop.  You may view or download electronic copies of course materials before the workshop. USB flash drives will be provided to all course participants with all workshop materials pre-loaded. A limited number of course binders will be available on site for reference and use during the field session. 

To further reduce waste it is also recommended that each workshop participant bring their own re-usable coffee cup, water bottle and pens.

Apostle Islands workshop group picture

Preservation and Treatment of Park Cultural Resources, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, 2013
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