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

California Red-Legged Frog Workshop
Apr 18, 2018, 8:00 PM
The Martinelli Event Center
The Alameda County Conservation Partnership will host its 14th consecutive California red-legged frog workshop April 18th and 19th. California red-legged ...

Conservation Easements to Keep Ranches Working - Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Spring 2018 Meeting
Apr 19, 2018, 8:30 AM
Koopman Ranch
This is the twice-a-year meeting of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition. The goal of this meeting is to improve the ...

Alameda Whipsnake (Alameda Striped Racer)
May 9, 2018, 8:00 AM
San Ramon, CA
Comprised of one daytime classroom session and two small group field sessions, attendees will hear about the most recent genetic ...

California Red-legged Frog Workshop
May 9, 2018, 8:00 PM
Swanton Pacific Ranch
On May 10, 2018, the Coastal Resources Institute at Swanton Pacific Ranch will present a one day workshop with field training modules ...

California Tiger Salamander
May 16, 2018, 8:00 AM
Livermore, CA
The Conservation Partnership is excited to welcome back Drs. Trenham and Searcy for the 2018 California Tiger Salamander workshop. Learn about ...

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
May 25, 2018, 8:30 AM
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 486, UCSC
The course presents conceptual and practical discussions of the analysis of spatial information with the addition of exercises using the ...

Geodatabase Design and Modeling
Jun 8, 2018, 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 ...

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

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