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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) 739-3436.
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Upcoming Delaware Coastal Training Program Supported Events


Delaware Invasive Species Council's Annual Meeting

October 22, 2014 at the St. Jones Reserve

Registration Now Open!

This year's annual meeting will explore how land and natural resource managers, conservationists, and others are handling the ever growing problem of invasive species with ever shrinking budgets.  The annual meeting also covers a full range of invasive species, including aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals and pathogens that impact native species and threaten Delaware's natural resources, economy, an quality of life.   Detailed agenda to come!
Join government agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, community leaders and others in strengthening awareness of invasive species prevention and management through information sharing and collaboration at the meeting!  Registration opens at 8:30 am and the conference will kick off at 9:00 am. Lunch is included in registration fee.

Call for Abstracts!

Abstracts will be accepted through Friday, September 5, 2014

Interested presenters are invited to submit one or more abstracts for oral presentation or poster display. Conference planners are hoping for a broad selection of posters and a variety of topics. Topics can include (but are not limited to): ecology, impacts/distribution/prevention of Invasive Species; early detection/rapid response; Invasive Species control/management; and habitat restoration. Visit the Annual Meeting Page for additional details and requirements:
Abstracts must be submitted by email to Kelly Valencik at





 Stay Tuned for the

 Project Design and Evaluation Workshop

Coming winter of 2015 




Coastal resource managers, local decision-makers, and outreach and education professionals are invited to attend this FREE, two-day NOAA Coastal Service Center-led course. This interactive workshop provides the knowledge, skills, and tools to design and implement projects that have mesurable impacts on the intednded target. Participants will learn how to incresase project effectivesness by applying a systems approach to desigining a new project or re-assessing ans existing project. This approach helps build in accountability, reveal assumptions, create a targeted effort, think strategically, and better articulate the impacts on the issue. Space is limited to 35 people. Please stay tuned for registration information to secure your spot!


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