A class on the beach surrounding an instructor

Upcoming Trainings

Past trainings have included Nature Based Solutions to Coastal Hazards, Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities, Wilderness First Aid, Coastal Wetland Identification, Community Based Social Marketing, Building Risk Communication Skills, ommunicating Climate Change, and Introduction to Social Science Methods.

SC Shorebird Research and Management Workshop

October 11, 2022
10 AM – 12 PM
Online Event


As part of a grant received by the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, SCDNR conducted research to characterize important foraging areas along SC beaches for Piping Plover and Red Knots. We have identified habitat characteristics and created guidance to assist with identifying important habitats. During this webinar, Andrew Tweel with SCDNR will share results from the project and the guidance resource. Adam Bode with SCDHEC will provide insight on how to use this information in Beachfront Management Plans. Melissa Chaplin with USFWS will discuss human impacts and disturbance factors. Attendees will also participate in a brief activity about incorporating this information into outreach and management efforts. You will receive a full agenda and virtual meeting connection details prior to the meeting. Contact Abi Locatis Prochaska at prochaskaa@dnr.sc.gov with any questions.

Adaptation Planning for Coastal Communities

November 2 – 3, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Beaufort County Clemson Extension Office
18 John Galt Road
Beaufort, SC 29906

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Coastal communities increasingly realize the need for adaptation strategies, but many are unsure where to begin. This intensive and interactive course provides individuals with a thorough grounding and practical skills for incorporating adaptation strategies into planning processes. Time in class is provided to practice applying what you learn, and opportunities for local collaboration and next steps are emphasized through discussion, participant activities, and local speakers and examples. The course will be tailored to focus on water and heat related climate challenges in coastal South Carolina, but skills gained can be applied to a variety of hazards.

Rock Your Presentation

November 9, 2022
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Online Event

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Do you need to communicate research, regulations or other complex topics to audiences who are not experts in your field via presentations? This online training is for scientists and state or local government staff who want to knock their next presentation out of the park.

Understanding Marsh Change: Online Training and Field Session at JICP

Friday, December 2
Online Self-Paced Materials and In-person Field Session
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston SC 29412


This online (videos at your own pace) and field-based training teaches how to generally recognize different zones of the salt marsh, including the critical line, a necessary skill for anyone who makes decisions about purchasing or developing properties, marshfront management planning, or land use in coastal South Carolina, an area that benefits from functions and services provided by salt marsh ecosystems.

The ACE Basin Coastal Training Program is an approved provider of continuing education credits by AICP, ASFPM, and SCPEAC.

Don't see what you're looking for? Contact the Coastal Training Program coordinator, Abigail Locatis Prochaska, at ProchaskaA@dnr.sc.gov.