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The Coastal Training Program (CTP) provides up-to-date scientific information and skill-building opportunities to coastal decision-makers who are responsible for making decisions that affect coastal resources. Through this program, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) can ensure that coastal decision-makers have the knowledge and tools they need to address critical resource management issues of concern to local communities.

Classes offered by RBNERR relate to coastal habitat conservation and restoration, biodiversity, water quality and sustainable resource management and integrate reserve-based research, monitoring and stewardship activities. Programs target a range of audiences, such as land-use planners, elected officials, regulators, land developers, community groups, environmental non-profits, business and applied scientific groups.

Boat with community leaders headed towards a barrier island

A mullet skiff takes a group of community leaders to the barrier island beach for a learning experience

These training programs provide opportunities for professionals to network across disciplines, and develop new collaborative relationships to solve complex environmental problems. Additionally, the CTP provides a critical feedback loop to ensure that professional audiences inform local and regional science and research agendas. Programs are developed in a variety of formats ranging from seminars, hands-on skill training, participatory workshops, lectures and technology demonstrations. Participants benefit from opportunities to share experiences and network in a multidisciplinary setting, often with a reserve-based field activity.

Partnerships are important to the success of the program. RBNERR's CTP has recently developed a training program designed to promote Best Management Practices for local landscape professionals, in partnership with the cities of Naples and Marco Island, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Project Greenscape is now serving as a statewide model for training landscape managers.

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