Coastal Training

The mission of the Coastal Training Program (CTP) at the Mission-Aransas NERR is to bridge the gap between science and policy by providing scientific information and skill-building opportunities to coastal decision-makers in the Coastal Bend area, focusing on Aransas, Refugio, Calhoun, Nueces, and San Patricio counties. We achieve this by offering training and technical assistance on key coastal issues that matter most in this region, such as habitat conservation and restoration, water quality and quantity, community resilience, and sustainable resource management. We also partner and collaborate with local, regional, and national organizations to connect coastal decision-makers with the resources they need to make sound management decisions.

Training Events

The CTP offers training events throughout the year.  These events are designed to communicate up-to-date scientific information to local & regional decision-makers that manage or influence Texas' coastal resources. Target audiences vary, but include land-use planners, elected officials, land developers and owners, engineers, community groups, researchers, environmental non-profits, and coastal businesses. You can explore past and upcoming events using the navigation menu to the left. If you have an idea or need for a training event on a particular topic, contact Sarah Cunningham at

Technical Assistance

Some ways the CTP offers technical assistance to coastal decision-makers include sitting on advisory commitees, assisting partners with grant writing, or creating connections among partners.


The Reserve collaborates with non-profits, universities, wildlife management agencies, and other organizations to successfully implement training events, workshops, and technical assistance.  We strive to recognize local needs and training opportunities to bring relevant and useful information to our coastal resource management community. As one of five NERRs in the Gulf of Mexico, we frequently partner with the other four to deliver relevant information on issues related to the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.