Coastal Training Program

Coastal Training Program LogoDelaware Coastal Programs offers training and assistance to local governments through the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Training Program offers resources to help communities make informed decisions.


Kelly Valencik
Coastal Training Coordinator
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The Coastal Training Program addresses critical coastal resource management issues in Delaware by providing current scientific information and access to technologies and skill-building opportunities to Delawareans responsible for making decisions about the state’s coastal resources.

The Coastal Training Program’s activities range from technical assistance, 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 training and workshops have covered subjects such as climate change and community resiliency, wetlands restoration, meeting and process skills, and science communication techniques.

Training Opportunities

No events are currently scheduled at this location. Find a full schedule of DNREC Public Meetings and Events.

Coastal Training Program Courses


Coastal training and education programs are open to all, but registration is required.

Planning for Meaningful Evaluation

Planning Effective Projects for Coastal Communities

Adaptation Planning for Communities

Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings

Green Infrastructure for Community Resilience

Creating a Flood-Ready Community

Resilient and Sustainable Communities League

The Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League is a collaborative network of state, nonprofit, and academic partners working to help Delaware communities as they adapt to the impacts of climate change and work towards a more sustainable future. In November, 2017, the League held its first Resilient and Sustainable Communities Summit.


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The Land-Water-Community Connections E-Newsletter features resources to help plan smarter for safer and more sustainable communities. This roundup of resources includes training schedules and highlights, tools, technical assistance programs, and funding sources from the CTP as well as other local practitioners and technical experts.

November 2018 — Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League Summit; training opportunities; the Delaware Climate Information Center; an funding opportunities.

June 2018 — Upcoming training and educational opportunities; more information about the Resilient Community Partnership; a look at the socioeconomic benefits of Delaware wetlands; and guidance on searching for grant opportunities on the Delaware Database for Funding Resilient Communities.

May 2018 — A call for new members of the Resilient Community Partnership; a listing of training and educational opportunities; information on the Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database from the NOAA Office for Coastal Management; and a look at the US Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.

August 2017 — A FEMA Grant Funding Announcement for the FY 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program, a new EPA tool for information and financing opportunities for water quality and public health; the upcoming Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings training and more learning opportunities.

June 2017 — The Clean Water and Drinking Water Loan Fund – assistance for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure project needs; Surface Water Matching Planning Grants; a tool for exploring the impacts of different land uses and land management scenarios, and upcoming CTP Trainings in August and September.

May 2017 — Creating a Flood-Ready Community Training, How to Consider Climate Change in Coastal Conservation Self-Guided Training, New Report on Delaware Tourism and Business Resiliency from Delaware Sea Grant, currently-available funding opportunities and more.