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Training Overview

To implement the training requirement of the Healthy Schools Act, DPR conducts integrated pest management (IPM) training for school districts throughout the state. Our goal is to help school districts adopt IPM programs and least-hazardous pest management practices. The program features a hands-on, “walk-through” demonstration format and focuses on the major pests of school buildings and landscapes. For more details view the School IPM Workshop Overview presentation, PDF (1.4 mb).

School IPM Workshop Schedule

DPR has organized integrated pest management (IPM) workshops for school IPM coordinators and other school district staff responsible for pest management in schools, such as administrators, maintenance and operations directors, facilities directors, groundskeepers, and custodians. These one-day workshops review IPM principles including hands-on demonstrations and tours of major pests around school buildings and grounds. The same workshop will be offered on various dates at locations throughout the state. Registration is $25. This fee includes course materials, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration and additional information, PDF (187 kb) available.

Dates and Locations
February 19, 2015
Costa Mesa (Orange County)
Estancia High School
2323 Placentia Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
April 9, 2015
Turlock (Stanislaus County)
Dutcher Middle School
1441 Colorado Avenue
Turlock, CA 95380

Previous Workshop Locations, PDF (221 kb)

Turfgrass IPM Workshop Schedule

DPR has organized turfgrass workshops for school district personnel, such as maintenance and operations directors, groundskeepers, and IPM coordinators, who are responsible for the management of turfgrass in schools. These advanced, half-day workshops will include the following:

  • Review of IPM principles for turfgrass, such as pest identification and management
  • Hands-on demonstrations and activities
  • Tours of major turfgrass problems around school fields
  • Information about turf health, such as irrigation, mowing, aeration, and seeding.

The registration fee is $25, which includes analysis of a turf-area soil sample from the attendee’s school district ($125 value), turfgrass IPM resources, and a continental breakfast. Because this workshop will focus on more advanced IPM concepts, participants must have attended a DPR School IPM Workshop to be considered eligible for this workshop.

Dates and Locations
April 2, 2015
Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County)
Santa Maria High School
901 South Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454

School Districts Trained in IPM

DPR began offering School IPM workshops to school districts throughout California in 2002. Approximately 80% of the school districts have sent at least one representative to a DPR-sponsored full day IPM workshop to receive hands-on training in structural and landscape IPM. The HSA mandates that the workshops be given in a train-the-trainer format to support the training of the entire school district in IPM. The individual who attends also receives a training box containing a School IPM guidebook, IPM tools, reference manuals, and curricula to assist them in training other school district personnel.

Curricula for School IPM Workshops

These curricula are designed for district IPM coordinators to have available resources to train other district staff in school IPM principles and techniques. Good communication and training is an important part of a successful IPM program. Each curriculum describes how to present a training workshop, and includes lists of tools and books you need as well as background information. Click on the following to download.

If you have further questions, please email:
California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Hosting a School IPM Workshop

DPR is always looking for school districts to host an upcoming school IPM workshop at a school in your district. This is a great opportunity to bring our IPM training to your area and district! Please email and request additional information about hosting.