Resources & Audiences

Partner with the Coastal Training Program to add professionalism, credibility, and in-depth knowledge to your working group, conference, or workshop. Staff can assist with developing partnerships and collaborative processes, hosting and facilitating meetings and stakeholder engagement and coordination.  The Program’s 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



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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Mangrove Trimming and Regulations Workshop

“Great Program! I look forward to more classes!”

“All of the instructors were very helpful. It always helps to have professionals from the industry to contribute to the discussion, particularly to add real life examples.”

2018 Mangrove Research Symposium

“It was fantastically organized and had a great cohort of speakers. Thank you!”

Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities

“Structure and information were exceptionally well done. Presentation was A+”

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