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Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants

Course Code: EH0204CA20

Wetland Plant Identification

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CANCELLED September 19, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm (Check in time: 8:30am)

Next offering TBD.


Whether you work in salt marshes or freshwater wetlands on the Coastal Plain, you will find this course invaluable!

This course begins with a brief introduction to New Jersey's tidal wetlands, wetland plant characteristics, and the easy-to-use keys in the instructor's book - "Field Guide to Tidal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern U.S. and Neighboring Canada." The book covers over 500 plants found in saline and freshwater wetlands across the region. The rest of the course is field-oriented, with hands-on learning to recognize the characteristic plants of tidal wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic region. Students work in small groups to use the keys to identify plants. Field exercises begin with trips to local salt and brackish marshes.

Join us for a day in the field with an ecologist with over 40 years of experience in wetlands! Learn more about course instructor Ralph Tiner.

Learner Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to identify characteristics of a wide variety of tidal wetland plants in saltwater and freshwater marshes. They will demonstrate proficiency in the use of the course book, "Field Guide to Tidal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern U.S. and Neighboring Canada."

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

Recertification Credits

The September 19, 2019 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.

In addition to 0.8 Rutgers CEUs, this wetland training course is approved for the following credits:

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 course wil be awarded 6.5 CEs.

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): Pending

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits: 6.5 hours

NJ Landscape Architects: 7 hours

NY Professional Engineers: Pending

NY Land Surveyors: Pending

Society of American Foresters: Pending


raplph tiner, wetlands instructorRalph Tiner, M.S., M.P.A., SWS Fellow has over 40 years of practical experience in wetland delineation and is a nationally recognized authority in the field. He recently retired from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service where he directed wetland mapping in the Northeast United States as part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Inventory (NWI). He is a nationally recognized expert on wetland delineation and has been actively involved in improving wetland delineation techniques for decades. In addition, he was compiler and principal author of the Federal Interagency Wetland Delineation Manual, which was published in 1989 and is the standard for identifying and delineating wetlands in New Jersey.

Ralph has written extensively on the subject of wetlands and is the author of 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 an update of the Wetland Indicators book entitled Wetland Indicators: A Guide to Wetland Formation, Identification, Delineation, Classification, and Mapping. His most recent books are: Tidal Wetlands Primer: An Introduction to Their Ecology, Natural History, Status, and Conservation and Remote Sensing of Wetlands: Applications and Advances (for which he is senior editor and authored several chapters).

In addition to writing about wetlands, he has been teaching wetland identification and delineation courses through the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education Office since the mid-1980s.

Comments from Past Students about Ralph Tiner:

"The expertise of Ralph Tiner is phenomenal. Best in the business!"
-Scott McDonnell, Environmental Scientist, Ecolsciences, Inc., 2015 attendee

Required Textbook

Field Guide to Tidal Wetland Plants of the Northeastern U.S. and Neighboring Canada, Ralph W. Tiner - $30

This textbook is only available through our office with your registration.

Multi Course Registration Fee TBD Save when you register now for this course and Vegetation Identification for Wetland Delineation: South!
Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet 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.


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Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR)
130 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton, NJ 08087
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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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Administrative Assistant: Maureen O'Connell, 848-932-7703

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