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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  



 Project Design and Evaluation Training

Please note NEW DATES:

Tuesday, Feb. 10 - Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the St. Jones Reserve, Dover, Del. 

Register Now At:  

"How can I be sure that my projects will reach the right audience and have the right impact?"


"What can I do to make sure that my efforts go beyond 'preaching to the choir'?"


"How do I measure the impact of my efforts?


If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this course if for you!





Coastal resource managers, local decision-makers, and outreach and education professionals are invited to attend this two-day NOAA Coastal Services Center-led course. This interactive workshop provides the knowledge, skills, and tools to design and implement projects that have measurable impacts on the intended target. Participants will learn how to increase project effectiveness by applying a systems approach to designing a new project or re-assessing an existing project. This approach helps build in accountability, reveal assumptions, create a targeted effort, think strategically, and better articulate the impacts on the issue. View training agenda here. 



Space is limited to 35 people so please register as soon as possible to secure your spot. Registration closes on February 6, 2015.


Course Instructors: Pam Kystra and Liz Lasicki, NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and Coastal Services Center

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




Click here for Information on Past Workshops


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