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Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: North

Course Code: EH0201CD14

Vegetation ID

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Last Held: May 19-20, 2014
8:30am- 5:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:00am)

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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

Learn About
- Meadows
- Restoration Areas
- Emergent Wetlands
- Riparian Forest
- Shrubs
- Field Edges
- Mature Forest
- Upload-Wetland transition

Read course reviews from past attendees.

Recertification Credits

The May 19-20, 2014 offering of this course was 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 Hours

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

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 12.00 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Required Textbooks

Required Textbooks
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide [ISBN 0316604429] Lawrence Newcomb - $25

Recommended Textbooks
- The Shrub Identification Book [ISBN 0688050409] George W. Symonds - $30
- The Tree Identification Book [ISBN 0688050395] George W. Symonds - $30

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


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.


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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.

Schooley's Mountain Lodge
Washington Township, NJ 07853

(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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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.