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Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South

Course Code: EH0201CA15

Vegetation ID

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Date & Time

Last Held: September 18-19, 2014
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

Please consider registering for our Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: Winter course, which is scheduled for January 26-27, 2015, or our Vegetation Identifiation for Wetland Delineation: North course, which is scheduled for May 12-13, 2015.


Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day field course will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species. This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors.


Southern Coastal Plain Interior

  • Upland Forest
  • Palustrine Deciduous Hardwood Forest

Delaware Bay Tidal Communities

  • Freshwater/Brackish/Saline Marshes
  • Riverine Terrace/Dunes
  • Riverine Wetland Forests


Outer Coastal Plain

  • Upland Forest
  • Reed Grass

Northern Pine Barrens

  • Pine Plains Pitch Pine-Oak Forest

NOTE: You cannot delineate a wetland without experience identifying wetland plants. If you are planning to achieve the Wetland Delineation Certificate, we require that you complete a Vegetation Identification course prior to attending the Methodology of Delineating Wetlands courses. 

Read course reviews from past attendees.

Recertification Credits

The September 18-19, 2014 offering of this course is 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 Managers - 5 Technical, 5 Management

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - 15.0 hours

Landscape Architects (NYS) - 1 hr CL; 13 hr EA

Land Surveyors (NYS) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NYS) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NJ) - 12 Continuing Professional Competency Credits

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). CEs for Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South are still pending.

Certified Wildlife Biologists: The Wildlife Society allows a maximum of 12 contact hours in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program for participation in the Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation - South short course.

Required Textbooks

- A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America (Peterson Field Guides) [ISBN 0395911729] by Margaret McKenny, Roger Tory Peterson - $25

- The Shrub Identification Book [ISBN 0688050409] by George W. Symonds - $30

- The Tree Identification Book [ISBN 0688050399] by George W. Symonds - $30

You may purchase these textbooks on your own or through our office with your registration.


Theodore "Ted" Gordon is an authority on the Pine Barren plants.  As the Director of the Pine Barren Inventories, a consulting firm, he conducts inventories, research, and designs management plans for rare species. In honor of his contributions to major plant studies of endangered species in the Pinelands, Ted was inducted into the 2012 Pine Barrens Hall of Fame.  

Joseph Arsenault is considered a local authority on the flora of southern New Jersey and has taught many subjects of plant ecology, plant genetics and natural and altered vegetation of NJ, DE, and PA.

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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 food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Harold N. Peek Preserve
2100 Route 47 South, Millville, NJ 08332
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(Day 2 is held at a separate location. Further information will be provided with your registration.)

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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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.

Course Reviews

"Very useful information, a lot of plants covered in a different area of the country. [Learned about] pine barren wetlands - I had no idea where the wetland boundary was before I took the class."
- Raina Huebre, Staff Scientist - Wetland and Soil Scientist

"Hands-on. This could be a challenge to those who are rusty or new but there are some key points that you will remember."
- Christina Frauk, Environmental Scientist

"Excellent. [Appreciated] learning minute difference[s] between very similar species."
- Brian Yades, Environmental Scientist

Jump-Start Your Career with a Rutgers Certificate!

Promote your education and experience in wetland plant identification and delineation -- earn the nationally recognized Rutgers Wetland Delineation Certificate today! The certificate program consists of 6 days of training: our 2-day Vegetation Identification course and our 4- day Methodology of Delineating Wetlands course. Participants must also complete the take-home exam with a score of 70% or better in order to earn the certificate. NOTE: We require that you complete Vegetation Identification prior to attending the 4-day Methodology of Delineating Wetlands class.