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

  • habitat management
  • sustainable agriculture
  • clean water
  • eco-tourism
  • endangered and 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

Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Part 1
Apr 11, 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 ...

Leases that Work for the Land, Landowners, Lessees, and Livestock. Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Spring 2014 Membership Meeting
Apr 17, 2014, 8:30 AM
UC Elkhus Ranch
Discussions between land managers, experienced tenants, and resource management processionals on how key lease components (pricing, tenant role, rent credit) ...

California Red-Legged Frog Workshop 2014
May 15, 2014, 8:30 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
This is a great opportunity to receive training in species identification, field sampling techniques, and the habitat requirements of the ...

Cartographic Design for Geographic Information Systems, Part 1
May 16, 2014, 8:30 AM
Interdisciplinary Sciences Building Room 486, UCSC
This course will provide students with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to create simple cartographic representations of physical and ...

Santa Cruz Long-Toed Salamander Workshop 2014
Jun 5, 2014, 8:30 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Topics discussed will include: the geographic distribution of Santa Cruz long-toed salamanders and related species, upland and aquatic habitats and ...

California Tiger Salamander Workshop 2014
Jun 19, 2014, 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 ...

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