Social Coast Forum | Coastal Training Program |rookery Bay Research Reserve
March 8, 2022
12:00PM – 4:00PM ET

South Florida’s Social Coast Gathering

Virtual Gathering to Explore the People Side of Coastal Management
For the last decade, every two years in February, coastal practitioners have been gathered by NOAA at the Social Coast Forum to highlight the importance of social sciences in coastal management. Unfortunately, the global pandemic has changed our plans for the Forum in 2022. Instead of an in-person event in Charleston, the Forum will happen through locally-hosted gatherings and you’re invited!

In our world now, it is so important to try to reach people where they are—in their communities and regions. Happening across the nation, the Local Gatherings will do just that. These will be spaces for participants to have deep discussions on locally relevant coastal issues, social science methods and practices, and living in coastal communities.

The impacts of climate change on our coasts have become more clear and compelling and understanding how the impacts on our communities is essential. Join us to hear from your peers, meet new colleagues, and expand your network. You will learn about several social science methods that could change the way you think about your work. We can learn and perhaps even solve some problems together. We hope to see you there!
June - October, 2020

Science Solutions Online Series: Working Together to Protect Rookery Bay

In our new online 2020 Science Solutions series, you can learn about the conservation work happening at Rookery Bay with a FREE webinar and then take it to the next level by participating in an interactive skill building workshop.
Workshops in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Research Reserve


We offer a variety of workshops over the course of the year both in-person and online. Topics include science communication, natural resource management, and urban landscape best practices. For a complete list of courses offered, view our Course Catalog. To view upcoming workshops, click the button below.

Greenscape Alliance

Since 2009, a group of local experts agreed to the common mission of protecting natural resources by promoting sustainable landscape practices in Southwest Florida. This collaborative effort was created to streamline community awareness, compliance, and education efforts related to the Project Greenscape trainings.

Mission Statement: Protecting natural resources through innovative strategies that promote sustainable landscaping and stormwater pond management practices in Southwest Florida.

Long Term Goals

  • Increase community awareness of Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) principles and practices
  • Increase knowledge and skills of landowners and managers, lake managers and green industry professionals
  • Contribute to/ support efforts to reduce nonpoint source pollution and protect water quality
  • Work collaboratively to support and promote FFL principles and practices

Green Industry in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve
Fertilizer and Landscape Maintenance Training in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

Fertilizer and Landscape Maintenance Code Comparison Chart

Various local and state fertilizer and landscape maintenance codes can be complicated.  Greenscape Alliance had the idea to make a FREE resource- the fertilizer and landscape maintenance code comparison chart created to help understand these differences by making them clear and concise.

Please click to view the comparison chart to see the differences in rules for our local municipalities provided in English and Spanish.

Landscaper Certification Checklist

Southwest Florida is full of beautiful lawns and landscapes that are regulated by local laws and ordinances from the county and surrounding municipalities by requiring different means of certification. The GI-BMP will be the first step towards obtaining a higher education of how to engage in best management practices.

For a better understanding of the certification processes in Collier County, Naples and Marco Island, as well as obtaining the Urban Landscape Commercial Fertilizer Applicator and Limited Commercial Landscape Maintenance License (RoundUp license). Please elect to go through the checklist to increase your understanding and ensure you are in compliance with your county and local regulations.

Landscaping Certification in Naples | Rookery Bay Research Reserve

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