Welcome to the Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

With the significant development pressures on coastal communities and the resulting impacts to coastal resources, it is important that those individuals involved in coastal decision making and planning have the opportunity to improve their skills and scientific knowledge in order to address critical resource issues.

To answer this need, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System began its Coastal Training Program (CTP). The objectives of this program are to:

  • Provide the best available science, tools, and techniques to those individuals and groups whose actions impact coastal watersheds, estuaries and near shore waters.
  • Increase our understanding of the environmental, social, and economic consequences of human activity within the coastal landscape.
  • Increase information exchange and collaboration amongst the many individuals and institutions who affect coastal ecosystems.

The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program focuses on a variety of local and regional issues including those of particular significance such as

  • sensitive species
  • habitat restoration and management
  • clean water
  • invasive species

We strive to provide useful courses that address high priority issues of local and regional importance to planners, managers and regulators of coastal area resources.

The Coastal Training Program brings diverse people together - farmers, fishermen, regulatory personnel, elected officials, landowners, and scientists - to define issues and explore solutions. We are able to build collaborative networks that teach and lead each other to conserve one of the biodiversity hotspots of the U.S.

As our program grows and develops, we are becoming the region's premier forum for people to go to when they need better information about coastal ecology.

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Current Events

Water Quality and the Elkhorn Slough: A Tour for the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
Aug 27, 2015, 9:30 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
This one day, by invitation only tour is designed to increase Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board understanding of ...

Analytical Approaches to Riparian Buffers for Wildlife
Sep 24, 2015, 9:00 AM
Felton Community Hall - Meeting Room
This workshop will provide participants with information and tools for improved ability to analyze a site to determine if/how ...

Keeping Cattle and People at Home on the Range: Positive Livestock and Recreation Interactions
Sep 29, 2015, 9:30 AM
Santa Clara County Service Center Auditorium
Join members of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition in a short workshop on improving interactions between recreation and livestock.  ...

Where Grazing and Regulations Meet: Working Together for Ranching and Water Quality - Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Fall 2015 Meeting
Oct 15, 2015, 8:45 AM
Veterans' Memorial Building
This meeting provides an opportunity for these groups, along with others, to develop a more nuanced understanding of each other& ...

Managing Habitats for the California Red-legged Frog 2015
Oct 22, 2015, 8:00 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
For audiences already trained in the biology and ecology of the California red-legged frog, this workshop is designed to advance ...

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Nov 6, 2015, 8:30 AM
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 486, UCSC
This course presents conceptual and practical discussions of the analysis of spatial information with the addition of exercises using the ...

Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Part 1
Nov 20, 2015, 8:30 AM
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 486, UCSC
This workshop provides an introduction to some of the fundamental concepts and concerns of spatial analysis and modeling in ...

Our Sponsors

Coastal_Conservancy_LogoCoastal Conservancy

CA_Dept_Fish&Wildlife_LogoCalifornia Department of Fish
and Wildlife

Elkhorn_Slough_Foundation_LogoElkhorn Slough Foundation

NOAA_LogoNational Oceanic and
Atmospheric Association

NERRS_LogoNational Estuarine Research Reserve System