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Identification of Wetland Plants in Winter

Course Code: EH0201CB16

This course is eligible for continuing education credits toward the Society of Wetland Scientists’
Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) Certificate Program.

Vegetation ID

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Date & Time

February 18-19, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:30am)


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: This course is NOT part of the Wetland Delineation Certificate Series. If you wish to earn the certificate, you must take Vegetation Identification North or South

Read course reviews from past attendees.

Continuing Education 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 - 15 hours

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

Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) - Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: Winter has been pre-approved for 0.8 equivalent semester hours by the SWSPCP as meeting standards for content and instruction toward SWSPCP Professional Certification or SWSPCP Professional Certification Renewal. Approval per course is calculated based upon 15 hours of contact time per credit. Click here for more information about the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP).

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).

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.

Required Textbooks

There are 2 Required Textbooks for this Course:
1.) A Guide to Wildflowers in Winter [ISBN 978-0300065602] by Carol Levine - $25
(You may purchase the above textbooks on your own or through our office with your registration.)

2.) Winter Guide to Woody Plants of Wetlands and Their Borders: NE US by R.W. Tiner - $15 (This textbook is only available through our office.)

Early Registration Fee $515.00 Register on or before February 4, 2016 and save!
Multi-Person Registration Fee $495.00 Register with 1 or more colleagues and save!
Registration Fee $525.00 After February 4, 2016

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 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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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Senior Program Coordinator: Dalynn Knigge, 848-932-7315
Administrative Assistant: Bianca Scardina, 848-932-7316

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 (North or South sessions ONLY; Winter and Tidal Plants are NOT part of the certificate series) 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.