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

Protecting Critters on Both Sides of the Fence: Practical Techniques for Protecting Livestock and Carnivores - Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Spring 2015 Membership Meeting
Apr 16, 2015, 8:30 AM
Santa Lucia Conservancy
Description coming soon- this meeting will focus on non lethal means of reducing predator impacts on livestock.

California Tiger Salamander Workshop 2015
Apr 23, 2015, 8:30 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Our popular workshop on the California tiger salamander returns once again.  This is a great opportunity to learn from ...

California Tiger Salamander Workshop for CDFW Staff 2015
Apr 27, 2015, 8:30 AM
Rush Ranch
This is an opportunity for California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff to participate in a workshop on the ecology ...

Communicating about Climate Impacts and Engaging Stakeholders in Solutions 2 day workshop with Cara Pike from Climate Access.
Apr 30, 2015, 9:00 AM
Bay Conference Center, Romberg Tiburon Center 3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920
About this Workshop Need help developing effective climate messages for your audiences? Struggling to reach and motivate stakeholders to engage ...

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
May 1, 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 ...

Geodatabase Design and Modeling Workshop
May 15, 2015, 8:30 AM
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 486, UCSC
This course covers the essential concepts of the geodatabase, the native data storage format for ArcGIS, and explores its advanced ...

California Red-Legged Frog Workshop 2015
May 21, 2015, 8:00 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
This is a great opportunity to receive training in species identification, field sampling techniques, and the habitat requirements of the ...

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 ...

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