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Identification of Tidal Wetland Plants

Course Code: EH0204CA17

Wetland Plant Identification

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Date & Time

October 3-4, 2016
9:00am - 4:00pm (Check in time on Day 1: 8:30am)


Whether you work in salt marshes or freshwater wetlands on the Coastal Plain, you will find this course invaluable. It begins with a brief introduction to 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 marshes, then to brackish marshes, and end in a slightly brackish marsh where many plants common to the region's freshwater wetlands can be found. 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.

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

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Recertification Credits

In addition to 1.6 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 education program will be awarded 12.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 4 Technical, 4 Management, 4 Information Technology

Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) Credits - 12.5 hours

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.

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 Textbooks

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.

Early Registration Fee $515.00 Register on or before September 19, 2016 and save!
Registration Fee $525.00 After September 19, 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.

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR)
130 Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton, NJ 08087
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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.

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