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The Environmental Sampling Course
Course Description

This intensive four-day course features classroom instruction on sampling

Students learn how to analyze soil samples for metals in the field using an XRF analyzer. To make things more interesting, everyone brought samples with them to the class to analyze, which made for some interesting discussions in the field.
Students learn correct ground-water sampling techniques as they operate a gear-drive pump in one of the Field School's training wells. Students learn why it is so important to implement good QA/QC during all aspects of well purging and sampling to ensure that the most representative sample possible is ultimately submitted to a laboratory for analysis.

strategies, methods and equipment used for sampling soil, ground water, surface water, sediment and waste.

The first day of the class sets the stage for the next three days by covering preparation of effective multi-media sampling and analysis plans; strategies for sampling environmental media; field QA/QC; field equipment decontamination; sample handling and shipment; and documentation of environmental sampling events.

The science behind soil sampling, soil sampling methods and equipment, US EPA Method 5035,  and field sample analytical methods (including use of XRF, field-portable gas chromatographs, analyte-specific field kits and immunoassay) are covered in detail on day two.

The science behind ground-water sampling, purging and sampling methodologies, field water-quality indicator parameter analysis, sampling equipment and operational techniques, sample collection and pretreatment (filtration and preservation) traditional, low-flow purging and sampling methods and no-purge sampling techniques, are all covered in detail on day three.

On the fourth day of the course, surface water, sediment and waste sampling strategies, methods and equipment are covered in detail. 

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Our open-enrollment field course schedule for 2015 has concluded. 

We DO NOT have any additional field courses planned for the remainder of 2015 or 2016.