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

Central Coast Rangelands Coalition Fall 2014 Membership Meeting: Helping Each Other Weather the Worst of Times
Oct 16, 2014, 9:00 AM
Vaquero Farms
The meeting will focus on hearing from ranchers about what others can do to help them through extreme weather events.& ...

Navigating the Environmental Compliance Process in Coastal California 2014
Oct 22, 2014, 8:30 AM
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
This one-day workshop trains participants in how to better plan for  the permitting and environmental review processes for projects ...

Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Part 1
Oct 24, 2014, 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 ...

Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
Nov 6, 2014, 9:00 AM
Bay Conference Center 3152 Paradise Drive Tiburon,CA 94920
Learn to design meetings that enhance problem solving and minimize conflict.  Collaboration can be complicated, requiring  a systematic ...

Introduction to Web Mapping Development using the ArcGIS Javascript API
Nov 7, 2014, 8:30 AM
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 486, UCSC
This workshop teaches the basics of how to build attractive, sophisticated internet mapping applications using the lightweight, browser based ArcGIS ...

Green Infrastructure: Enhancing Flood Protection through Tidal Wetland Restoration and the Horizontal Levee
Nov 13, 2014, 9:30 AM
The Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
Workshop Objectives   ·       Increase knowledge of local case studies that integrate tidal wetland ...

Water Quality And The Elkhorn Slough: A Tour For The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Dates
Dec 12, 2014, 9:30 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
A by-invitation-only tour of appointed officials and staff of the Regional Water Quality Control Board to the Elkhorn Slough.

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