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Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South

Course Code: EH0201CA16

Vegetation ID

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Date & Time

September 10-11, 2015
8:30am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00am)


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.

DAY ONE: Visit Central Pine Barrens Communities

  • Oak/Pine
  • Oak Dominated
  • Red Maple and Pitch Pine Lowlands
  • Cranberry bogs
  • Impoundments
  • Cedar Swamp

DAY TWO: Visit Ocean County Pine Barren Sites

  • Cedar Savanna
  • Pine Barrens Lake Edge
  • Pitch Pine Lowland
  • Maple Cripple
  • Cedar Swamp

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 course. 

Read course reviews from past attendees.

Recertification Credits

In addition to 1.6 Rutgers CEUs, this wetland training course is approved for the following credits:

Certified Public Works Managers - 5 Technical, 5 Management

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - Pending

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

Land Surveyors (NYS) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NYS) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NJ) - 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 12 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Certified Wildlife Biologists: Pending


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.

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.

Early Registration Fee $515.00 Register on or before August 27, 2015 and save!
Multi Course Fee Registration Fee $495.00 Save when you register for this class and Methodology for Delineating Wetlands!
Registration Fee $525.00 After August 27, 2015

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 in your registration packet.)

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.