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Field School, Ebey House, Whidbey IslandThe Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation sponsors a variety of training opportunities for both the professional and non-professional.  Topics include workshops and classes on cultural resources management, field archaeology, architectural history and general historic preservation.

Below are training opportunities that may be of interest to you. Please check back as the schedule often changes.


DAHP Academy

The Washington State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to offer training through DAHP Academy, our in-house education program for both professionals and the general public.  At the training, our staff of professionals with expertise in archaeology, architectural history, preservation techniques and history, will focus on specific issues relating to historic preservation and the office’s various programs. While each session will focus on a particular topic in which staff will go into depth, you will also hear about the latest preservation news and learn about new office policies toward protecting Washington rich cultural resources.

Built Environment Preservation Summit - Creative Mitigation
Thursday - April 18th, 2024, 9am - 3PM

Please join us April 18th for a free Built Environment Preservation Summit on Creative Mitigation Solutions!

The Summit will take place in-person at South Puget Sound Community College - Lacey Campus, and will focus on exploring current and future mitigation products. Learn about drone documentation, 3-D modeling, embodied carbon reporting, telling stories through oral histories, ESRI story maps, and salvage & deconstruction. The Summit format will be collaborative, so come ready to talk about new mitigation ideas and innovative ways to preserve our history.
Please register at:

Space is limited.


Communicating Undersea: Discover the History of Naval Radio Station Jim Creek

Saturday - January 16, 2021, 1-3PM

Join Navy Historian Lex Palmer & Dr. Susan Hughes, Navy Archaeologist, in an exploration of the history of Naval Radio Station Jim Creek. Nestled in the hills of Snohomish County, the facility allowed the Navy to communicate with their sub fleet around the world. When Naval Radio Station Jim Creek was dedicated in 1953, it was recognized as the most powerful radio station in the world. Its advanced technology and broadcast strength were displayed in magazine publications such as Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Today it is still among only a handful of radio stations capable of providing more than one million watts of power, allowing the U.S. Navy to communicate with ships, submarines and aircraft anywhere around the world. Cosponsored by  NAVFAC and DAHP. 

Our Zoom lecture reached capacity (100 people)!  However you can view the lecture here!



Annual DAHP Tribal Summit

The Washington State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) hosts an annual summit to talk about specific issues relating to the professional practice of cultural resource management.  Typically this is dialogue between State and Federal Agencies, the Tribal community, and private cultural resource professionals. Typically training has focused on the archaeological side of cultural resource management.


Adapting Historic Buildings to Flooding

Workshop, co-hosted by DAHP and the National Park Service with sponsorship by the Washington State Historical Society on Feb 25-26, 2020 in Tacoma.


URM Symposium

DAHP and APT Northwest are pleased to announce a URM Symposium in Seattle from May 27-28, 2020. Full agenda, speaker, and registration information to follow. AIA credits will be offered.


Section 106 Training

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation offers a variety of Section 106 courses which explains the requirements of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which applies any time a Federal, federally assisted, or federally approved activity might affect a historic property listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

These course are designed for people who are new to Section 106 review and those who want a refresher on its basic operation.  The courses focuses on the steps in the ACHP's regulations implementing Section 106, "Protection of Historic Properties" (36 CFR Part 800), and the roles and responsibilities of the various participants.  They also offers practical advice on how to make Section 106 work smarter and more efficiently to resolve conflicts between development plans and historic preservation values.


SEPA Coastal Training Program - Dept of Ecology

The Coastal Training Program at the Department of Ecology is hosting a series of online SEPA training modules in February.  Each webinar session is scheduled for 2.5 hours and we will cover different SEPA topics in each one.  You can register for them individually at the following links:

General Course Schedule:

Session 1: Overview and Applicability

Module 1:

In this introductory session we will cover the statutory overview and purpose of the Act as well as when it is required for agency decision-making.  We review agency roles and responsibilities – including the designation of the SEPA lead agency.  This session also addresses SEPA exemptions and focuses on the exceptions to those exemptions.

Session 2: Conducting the Review – Checklists, Threshold Determination, Public Notice, Review and Commenting, and Appeals

Module 2:

This session covers the basic environmental review and analysis process with a focus on SEPA for projects such as general development proposals, industrial projects, and infrastructure construction.  We’ll discuss the Environmental Checklist, supplemental information, significant impacts, threshold determination (DNS, MDNS, or DS).  We’ll also cover inter-agency distribution, public notice and submittal to the SEPA Register as well as tips on how to review and comment on other agencies’ documents.  The general SEPA appeal options will be addressed with time for questions and answers about various agency-specific options.

Session 3: Conducting an Environmental Impact Statement Process

Module 3:

An EIS is not just a document –it includes more formal public and inter-agency engagement and often includes additional studies, research and work done by consultants.   This session goes into more depth about the procedural sideboards and flexibility provided by the rules.  We’ll provides examples of EISs processes from large mega-projects to relatively small projects with one or more significant issues to analyze.    

Session 4: NonProject SEPA, Phased Review, Adopting Existing Documents

Module 4:

This is the session with important yet often confusing or ambiguous aspects of the SEPA reviews.  We’ll provide more time for Q & A but also go into more depth on how to analyze indirect impacts for a programmatic or “nonproject” SEPA review.  This also leads into some procedural steps related to phased review and how to adopt previously prepared SEPA and NEPA documents.

For more information please contact the Coastal Training Program:

Sara Brostrom, Program Coordinator, 360-428-1075,


Volunteer Opportunities

Passport in Time - There are many opportunities to participate in archaeological field research. Currently, the largest program operating in Washington is the Passport in Time (PIT) program. This volunteer program is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service. PIT provides opportunities for the public to work with professional Forest Service archaeologists and historians on national forests across the nation. PIT projects include a wide variety of archaeological research, survey, excavations, oral history, laboratory work, and historic structures restoration. There is no registration fee. For more information contact:

Passport in Time Clearinghouse
PO Box 31315
Tucson, AZ 85751-1315
(505) 896-0734
(800)281-9176 voice, TTY
(520) 298-7044 FAX


National Preservation Institute

The National Preservation Institute (NPI) offers continuing education and professional training for those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI serves a broad spectrum from the government and private sectors by providing training in historic preservation and cultural resource management.

More info click here!