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Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: Winter

Course Code: EH0201CB15

Vegetation ID

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Date & Time

January 26-27, 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 combination classroom and field course will teach you how to draw a wetland line by identifying a variety of upland and wetland plant species.

Increase your expertise by learning to identify vegetation during the winter months! Most vegetation species remain available for identification all year long. With the right clues and tips on what to look for, you can gain the expertise of vegetation identification in any season. Spend the first day exploring northern vegetation and the second day exploring vegetation in the south.

This is a field-based course, so please dress accordingly for the outdoors. 

Featured Topics
 - Upland Deciduous and Mixed Forest
 - Lake Edge
 - Disturbed Upland
 - Floodplain with Emergent Wetland to Upland Transition
 - Upland and Wetland 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.

Continuing Education Credits

Certified Public Works Managers - 5 Technical, 5 Management

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

Landscape Architects (NYS) - 14 hr EA

Land Surveyors (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NJ) - 12 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

SAF (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). CEs for Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: Winter 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 - Winter short course.

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

Meet the Instructors

Botany Specialist, William Olson, has extensive experience in environmental sciences with an emphasis on invasive species, wetland delineation, wetland evaluation, wetland mitigation, natural resource evaluations, environmental impact analysis, botanical and ecological research and threatened and endangered species. He specializes in field botany with an emphasis on identification, cataloging, monitoring and management of native flora. His additional experience includes the identification of difficult plant groups and rare plant and animal inventories.

Bill is a member of the Philadelphia Botanical Club, The New Jersey Native Plant Society, New England Botanical Club, the National Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy among many other professional and national associations. His dedication to ecology and science is complemented by his commitment to science education and sharing his experience and knowledge with others.

Russell Juelg is the senior land steward for New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF), where he manages NJCF's Franklin Parker Preserve and conducts field botany courses and field trips. He established the Partnerships for Plants Committee, hosted by NJDEP, which works to develop strategies for improvement of rare plant protection in NJ. He also wrote New Jersey Pinelands Threatened and Endangered Species, published by Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Past work experience includes three years as managing director of Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and 11 years as director of outreach at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. His favorite areas of research include Pine Barrens vegetation communities, field botany, and threatened and endangered species.

Required Textbooks

Required Textbooks
Winter Botany: An Identification Guide to Native Trees and Shrubs [ISBN 978-0486218007] by William Trealease - $20
A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter [ISBN 978-0300065602] by Carol Levine - $25

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

Early Registration Fee $515.00 Register on or before January 12, 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 January 12, 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.

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

"Covers a variety of plant species, and a lot of time spent in the field. Good tools and resources provided... [I'm] excited to attend the next course!"
-Lindsay Kromel, Environmental Engineer

"Awesome course. Very impressed by instructors."
- Daniel P. Laue, Environmental Scientist/Consultant, Ecol Sciences, Inc.

"Good introduction to winter botany, covers terms and ID needed to get started. [Now I will] rely more on keys, different sources to help narrow down ID."
- Robert Bird, Environmental Specialist

"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.