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We are working hard to update content and resources on this page. 

For questions about the Coastal Training Program, please contact Kaitlyn (kaitlyn.dietz@floridadep.gov, 904-823-2291) or Abby (abigail.kuhn@floridadep.gov, 904-823-4524). 

Bridging the gap between science and application

The mission of the Coastal Training Program (CTP) is to provide the most up-to-date scientific information and skill building tools, such as training, to key professionals (i.e.: local officials, land managers, natural resource managers, community planners, and coastal business owners) responsible for making decisions about coastal resources.

In addition to the resources and projects below, be sure to visit NOAA’s Digital Coast. This resource provides self-guided online training, training the GTM Research Reserve can host, as well as resources such as handouts, case studies, publications, videos, quick references, and more!

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  • Heritage Monitoring Scout training
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Upcoming Events

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Cover of a newsletterCoastal Connect

Coastal Connect is a quarterly newsletter from the Coastal Training Program. It is distributed to the CTP working groups, committees, and advisory groups across northeast Florida including the First Coast Invasive Working Group, the Oyster and Water Quality Task Force, the Management Advisory Group, attendees from workshops, training, events, collaborative meetings, and more! This is a new resource that we hope connects stakeholders throughout northeast Florida and provide information on projects, resources, funding, and tools. 

If you'd like to subscribe to the quarterly Coastal Connect, please email the Coastal Training Program Coordinator


Volume 1, January 4
Volume 2, April 8
Volume 3, July 3

State of the Reserve

The GTM Research Reserve hosts an annual “State of the Reserve” research symposium to highlight projects and studies that have been conducted within the Reserve. Research and monitoring conducted by Reserve staff, volunteers, and visiting scientists from all over the world inform management decisions to understand population dynamics, water quality, and the restoration of important habitats. Long-term monitoring networks, like the System-Wide Monitoring Program (SMWP), provide opportunities to assess the effects of coastal storms and serve as a baseline to examine changes throughout many years.

Click below to view posters, presentations, and programs from previous symposiums:

2010: “Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Reserve”
2011: “Managing Partners”
2012: “Preserving Public Lands to Sustain Healthy Communities”
2013: “Changing Tides”
2014: “Science to Management”
2015: “Ecosystem Services”
2016: “Working Waters”
2017: “The Art of Science in Our Community”
2018: “Celebrating 20 Years”


Natural Biodiversity

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Cultural Resources

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Water Quality

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Sustainable Public Use

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Climate Change and Resilience

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Partnering with the Community

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Emergency Preparedness

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