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Coastal Training

Group of adults stand in semi-circle near treesThe South Slough Reserve Coastal Training Program provides training and technical assistance to decision-makers in coastal/marine management and science fields. Workshops, site visits, classes, and other outreach focus on understanding the role of human activity in coastal environments, developing risk communication skills, and identifying useful tools and datasets. We often partner with other organizations to offer diverse content and instruction.

Coastal decision makers are people and organizations involved in coastal resource management, including land and water resource managers, community planners, wetland restoration specialists, watershed council workers and volunteers, and community members. 


The Coastal Training Program is modeled after a successful program that was initially developed at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration adopted this model as a blueprint for future trainings. Coastal training programs are available at 23 of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves throughout the country.

Available Trainings

The next training for people and organizations involved in coastal resource management is a June 2024 Beaver Dam Analogs workshop where we will be constructing human-made beaver dams in the Wasson Valley. The deadline to register is Friday, June 7th 5pm PST

The workshop consists of a webinar and at least one field day. The webinar will be held live June 17th and 18th (specific time TBD). Recording will be made available, but you are encouraged to attend during the live session to participate in the Q and A sessions with the instructors. 

If tickets are sold out, please contact

Field day(s)
In addition, you must attend at least one field day to get hands-on experience implementing Beaver Dam Analogs. You can sign up for any field day, or multiple days. There is a cap on the number of spaces for each day, so reserve your spot as soon as possible.

Travel and lodging assistance are available, but need to be reserved by Friday, June 7th at 4pm PST. Contact for details. 

Registration for Day 1, June 24:
Registration for Day 2, June 25:
Registration for Day 3, June 26:

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If you are interested in scheduling a training, please contact the Coastal Training Program Coordinator.


A guiding principal of the South Slough Reserve is to seek the advice and partnership of others to incorporate their ideas in Reserve projects. Partnerships have included:


Coos Watershed logo

Institute for Applied Ecology Logo

Lower Rogue Watershed Council logo

Oregon Fish and Wildlife logo

Oregon Geospatial Enterprise logo

Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership Logo

Bureau of Land Management logo

Oregon Coastal Managemnt Program logo

Oregon Department of Transportation logo
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality logo

Coquille Indian Tribe logo

Oregon Sea Grant logo


Sabra Marie TallChief Comet
Coastal Training Program Coordinator