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Introduction to Wetland Identification

Course Code: EH0102CB14

Introduction to Wetland Identification

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Last Held: June 5, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm (Check in time: 8:30am)

We have another offering of this course scheduled for October 15, 2014.


“Ralph is the dude! Entertaining and excellent teacher. Ralph has a deep knowledge of wetlands and much more (is a joy to listen to).”
-Thomas D'Angelo, Environmental Consultant, on Instructor Ralph Tiner

Virtually all activities conducted in and around wetlands are regulated – from excavating underground storage tanks to soil compaction for paving a driveway or patio to pruning of overgrown vegetation – and violators are subject to hefty penalties and fines from the NJ-DEP.

Knowing if a wetland is on your property or a site on which you work is incredibly important! But how do you determine if a wetland is present?

Why not educate yourself? Take our class to get the basic tools you need to identify a wetland's presence. Once you make a determination, you will know if you need to go further and hire an environmental professional to evaluate the site and assist you with the permit process.

In this one-day combination classroom and field course, a nationally recognized wetlands expert will review the skills you need to identify freshwater wetlands and their boundaries and introduce you to wetland plant identification and soil recognition. You will learn:

  • Why wetlands are important
  • How they differ
  • What indicators are used for wetland identification
  • About the current regulations in New Jersey

You'll also find out how to access and use government maps in order to identify wetlands on your property, on lands you may be interested in purchasing or on properties on which you conduct environmental, landscaping or other site development or remediation work. You'll even get a simple introduction to the practice of wetland delineation (the technical skill of determining a wetlands precise boundaries) --- all in one day!

For those interested in advancing their wetland knowledge, this course will provide the essential background material needed for further study in the step-by-step regulatory and delineation techniques covered in the Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course.

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Photos from a Wetland Identification Class

Required Textbook

In Search of Swampland: A Wetland Sourcebook and Field Guide (Second Edition) [ISBN 0813525063], Ralph W. Tiner - $30.00

You may purchase this textbook on your own or through our office with your registration.

Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or special needs, please alert us at least 1 week in advance of the course date so that we may accommodate you.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Somerset County Environmental Education Center - Lord Stirling Park
190 Lord Stirling Road, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Directions and Map

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Introduction to Wetland Identification" or Course Code EH0102) 
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3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

Featured Topics

Featured Topics

  • Wetland Definitions and Concepts
  • Wetland Functions and Values
  • Introduction to Wetland Regulations
  • Wetland Hydrology Indicators
  • Wetland Vegetation – Hydrophytic Plant Indicators
  • Wetland Soils – Soil Colors, Hydric Soil Indicators
  • Wetland Types – Wetland Classification, Wetland Maps
  • Review of Wetland Plant Characteristics
  • Field Exercises:  wetland plant identification, hydric soil recognition, wetland hydrology indicators, wetland delineation (simple steps)
Recertification Credits

The June 5, 2014 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) - 3 Technical, 3 Management

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - 6.50 Hours

Landscape Architects (NY) - 4.0 hr CL; 2.5 EA

Land Surveyors (NJ) - Pending

Land Surveyors (NY) - 6 Hours

Professional Engineer (NJ) - 6 Continuing Professional Competency Credits

Professional Engineers (NY) - 6 Hours

Society of American Foresters - Pending

ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 5.25 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

The Wildlife Society - Pending

For the latest credit information, please call 732-932-9271 ext. 643.

Meet the Instructor
raplph tiner, wetlands instructor Ralph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A. has 40 years of practical experience in wetland delineation and has written extensively on the subject.  He has written several field guides including: Field Guide to Non-tidal Wetland Identification, Maine Wetlands and Their Boundaries, A Field Guide to Coastal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern United States, and In Search of Swampland, as well as Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping.
Course Reviews

"Great hands-on introductory course. Great overview - field work was a big plus to see what was taught in class. [Will] use it on site during site evaluation."
- William C. Violn, Jr., Civil Engineer, 2011 attendee

"Ralph is the dude! Entertaining and excellent teacher. Ralph has a deep knowledge of wetlands and much more (is a joy to listen to)."
- Thomas D'Angelo, Environmental Consultant, 2012 attendee

"Excellent hydric soil understanding [and] help with vegetation mapping. [Appreciated] simple, repeated focus on hydrophytic plants, hydric soil, hydrology indicators."
- Christina Kaunzinger, Senior Ecologist, 2012 attendee

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