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

Targeted/Prescribed (Rotational / Deferral) Livestock Grazing for Meeting Conservation Goals
Apr 20, 2017, 9:00 AM
Cal Poly Beef Center
This is the twice-a-year meeting of the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition. The goal of this meeting is to raise awareness ...

Ecology of the California Red-legged Frog for CDFW
May 3, 2017, 8:00 AM
Robert Livermore Community Center
**Note: this workshop is open only for employees of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, a core partner of ...

Ecology of the California Red-legged Frog
May 10, 2017, 8:00 AM
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
This is our basic training on the California red-legged frog, a pre-requisite for our advanced training 'Managing Habitats for California ...

Ecology of the California Tiger Salamander for CDFW
May 15, 2017, 8:30 AM
Rush Ranch
This is basic training for CDFW staff to better understand the biology and conservation of California tiger salamanders.

Ecology of California Tiger Salamander
May 18, 2017, 8:00 AM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
A knowledge-building workshop on the biology and conservation tiger salamander with skills-building field training in prime CTS habitat.

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