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As a part of our mission, the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve is committed to promoting informed decision making through the Delaware Coastal Training Program. This program addresses critical coastal resource management issues in Delaware by providing current scientific information, access to technologies and skill-building opportunities to Delawareans responsible for making decisions about the state’s coastal resources.  This can include partnering with other agencies and organizations to provide data relevant to current coastal issues including land use, sea level rise, climate change, and biodiversity.

The Coastal Training Program’s activities range from seminars, hands-on skill training, and participatory workshops to lectures and technology demonstrations. Through these programs, coastal resource decision makers also have opportunities to share experiences, network in a multidisciplinary setting, and participate in field activities. Past workshops covered subjects such as sea level rise in Delaware, wetlands restoration techniques, public issues and conflict management, and social media skills. Decision makers who participate in the Delaware Coastal Training Program's activities include local government officials, state legislators, home owners’ associations, and many more. Coastal Training Program Workshops are typically advertised to the target audience.

You can also request the assistance of the Coastal Training Program if there is a professional development need regarding coastal resource management. The CTP Coordinator can work with you to develop and offer workshops and trainings on a variety of topical coastal issues like resource restoration, community adaptation and resiliency planning, invasive species, and more. For more information regarding upcoming workshops or if you have an idea for a workshop, please contact Kelly Valencik, the Coastal Training Program Coordinator at or (302) 739-6377.
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                            Upcoming Delaware Coastal Training Program Events   


 Creating a Flood Ready Community


Friday, May 20, 2016 

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Check-in begins at 8:30 am. Catered lunch and networking session will immediately follow the training, from noon - 1 p.m.

University of Delaware Paradee Center

69 Transportation Circle

Dover, DE 19901

Register Now At:        
Registration Deadline April 13, 2016



This course, held in partnership with the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Adminsitration, Delaware Sea Grant and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources, reviews the multiple sources of flood risks to Delaware communities that can be addressed and mitigated through planning, codes, and ordinances. It covers floodplain requirements for muicipalities and tools for adapting to flood risk. Sources of funding and technical assistance will also be presented.  



A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for municipal officials, based on financial need. Fees will be covered by the Delaware Coastal Training Program. To request a fee waiver, please email Kelly Valencik, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at All other registrations for this event must be submitted through IPA’s online event-registration system. 


Course Instructors:


Wendy Carey, PhD

Delaware Sea Grant, University of Delaware


Susan Love

DNREC Division of Energy and Climate


Greg Williams

DNREC Flood Mitigation Program


Registration and Questions, please contact: Kelly Valencik, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at 302-739-6377






Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings


Save the Date! Registration information coming soon.

Tuesday, June 7- Wednesday, June 8, 2016

St. Jones Reserve Coastal Training Center

818 Kitts Hummock Road

Dover, DE 19901



This two-day instructor-led course is designed to increase participants’ ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimize conflict and enhance problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address coastal resource management issues, but the collaborative process is complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, a collaborative meeting.
What you will learn:
After completing this course, participants will be able to
  • Determine if a collaborative process is appropriate
  • Select people with the skill sets needed to fill each meeting role
  • Learn and practice facilitation skills
  • Use appropriate process tools and techniques to address the meeting objectives
  • Manage conflict in meetings by understanding group dynamics
  • Identify disruptive behaviors in group processes and practice strategies to deal with them. 

Course Instructors:

NOAA Office for Coastal Management


Past Trainings and Workshops 


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