The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program is a unique collaboration between the five Gulf Coast National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Programs. The Reserves work together to provide professional training programs in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas that address priority issues affecting the water, land, and air that communities share across the entire Gulf region. Training programs are designed to enhance the resilience of coastal communities by bridging science, technology, policy, and coastal resource management. The knowledge and skills gained through training programs improves the decision-making ability of local, regional, state, and federal leaders to positively impact the health of our natural environment, which serves as the foundation for prosperous coastal economies in the Gulf region and beyond.

Visit our Workshops page for training programs on priority issue topics such as water quality for healthy beaches and seafood, land and habitat conservation and restoration, coastal community resilience, reducing nutrient impacts to coastal ecosystems, and ecosystem integration and assessment. Our Past Workshops page includes information and resources on coastal and wetland restoration techniques, science communication, behavior change marketing, and more. Join us for a workshop, suggest one, and share your ideas with our team about your own community needs and interests around coastal resilience.

Check out our photo gallery of the unique natural heritage in the Gulf of Mexico that inspires our work to protect these special places for future generations to enjoy.