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Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North

Course Code: EH0201CC16

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

May 16-17, 2016
9:00am - 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:30am)

If these dates don't work for you, please consider registering for our Southern Vegetation Identification class on September 15-16, 2016.


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 this course prior to attending the Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course.

Plants are the most obvious clues to wetland boundaries. This two-day combination classroom and field course will teach you how to quickly and confidently identify plant species that are important in determining if an area meets the hydrophytic vegetation criterion for wetland delineation, focusing on ID characteristics. Learn basic plant ID groups, basic plant morphology and some basic botanical terminology.

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

Featured Topics

  • Introduction to Plant Identification and Wetland Plant Indicator Statuses
  • Use of keys in the field
  • Plant Names, Plant Groups, General Plant Morphology
  • Basic Botanical Terminology
  • Woody Plant Morphology
  • Grass Morphology
  • Sedge/Rush Morphology

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  • Riparian Forest
  • Shrubs
  • Field Edges
  • Mature Forest
  • Upload-Wetland transition

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 (NY) - 4 hr CL; 10 hr EA

Land Surveyors (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NY) - 12 hours

Professional Engineers (NJ) - 12 Continuing Professional Competency Credits

SAF (Society of American Foresters) - Pending

Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) - Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North 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). CEs for Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North are still pending.

raplph tiner, wetlands instructor

Ralph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A. has 30 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

Please note that the textbooks for this course have changed.

There are 2 Required Textbooks for this Course:
1. Newcomb's Wildflower Guide [ISBN 0316604429] Lawrence Newcomb - $25
(You may purchase the above textbook on your own or through our office with your registration.)

2. Field Guide to Nontidal Wetland Identification by R.W. Tiner - $50
(This textbook is only available through our office.)


Early Registration Fee


Register on or before May 2, 2016 and save!

Multi-Course Registration Fee


Save when you register for this class and Methodology for Delineating Wetlands course!

Registration Fee


After May 2, 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
Directions and Map

(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!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234

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

"It was very hands on. Able to practice keying out different species. Definitely helped me improve my skills with keying out different species. Was able to become more familiarized with some trees."
- Jen Reed, Ecologist

"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.