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Mission Statement:

Provide science-based information, training, and tools to individuals who make professional decisions that affect coastal resources.

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Brief Description

The Coastal Training Program serves as a forum for Southwest Florida professionals working to resolve environmental issues of local significance. Professionals benefit from science-based information, skills, and access to technology and partnerships. A range of services are available and are aimed at a wide variety of professionals.

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Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve began a series of bimonthly Coastal Zone Management workshops in 1989 to help improve decisions about coastal resources in Southwest Florida. This effort evolved into a forum for professional training, field education and networking for Southwest Florida professionals working to resolve coastal and environmental issues. Now called the Coastal Training Program, this training model was eventually adopted for use at all of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves across the US.

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The Coastal Training Program target audience consists of coastal decision makers, including:

  • State, Federal, and Municipal Agency Staff
  • Elected and Appointed Officials
  • Natural Resource Managers
  • Planners and Floodplain Managers
  • Landscape Professionals

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Technical Assistance

Partner with the Coastal Training Program to add professionalism, credibility, and in-depth knowledge to your working group, conference, or workshop through:

  • Developing partnerships and collaborative processes
  • Hosting and facilitating meetings
  • Stakeholder engagement and coordination

Background Documents

Coastal Training Program Staff                         

 Jessica McIntosh

Jessica McIntosh

Coastal Training Program Coordinator

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Marissa Figueroa

Coastal Training Program Specialist





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