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Course Descriptions


Basic Wetland Delineator Training
(including training on the latest regional supplements) - Course Cost: $975.00

This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experience in the field applying the methods and getting critiqued by the instructor and their peers. Taught by regional experts in plant identification, hydric soil recognition, and wetland delineation, you will learn how to recognize hydric soils and separate them from nonhydric soils - this is critically important for delineating wetland boundaries. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and methods in lectures and field exercises. Time will be spent in the field on wetland delineation using plants, soils, and signs of hydrology to identify and delineate wetlands. The instructors will guide and coach students through the steps in conducting delineations at several sites and students will work in groups to identify wetlands and delineate the boundaries. There will also be an overview of regulations.

Focusing on the use of the Corps Wetlands Delineation manual and the latest regional supplement, there will also be a discussion of key differences between this manual and state methods, where appropriate. Students will receive information on where to obtain the latest regulatory guideance regarding jurisdictional questions (e.g., isolated wetlands and Rapanos). The course utilizes training materials developed by the Corps for the Wetland Delineator Certification Program (WDCP). The fee includes all course materials - a copy of "Wetland Indicators" (Tiner, 1999); the Corps of Engineers manual; the regional supplement; Regional Wetland Plant List, and additional information relevant to making wetland determinations.

Students successfully completing this program will be awarded a "certificate of training." The training provides approximately 2.6 credit hours toward the Society of Wetland Scientists' Professional Wetland Scientist certification and satisfies the education requirements for the Virginia, New Hampshire and Lake County, IL wetland certification programs.

Note: Students are expected to be able to identify wetland plants.

**Hydric Soil Recognition (first two days of this course) may be taken separately for $475.
    Please contact IWEER if you are interested in registering for Hydric Soil Recognition.
* A $25 discount will be given if taking both Plant ID and the 4-day delineation course.

Schedule for Basic Wetland Delineator Training
(including training on the latest regional supplements)


ID of Winter Woody Plants - Course Cost: $325.00
If you've always wanted to learn how to identify trees, shrubs, and woody vines by twig and bud characteristics, this course is for you. This one-day course focuses on wetland and border woody species, yet conspicuous features of herbaceous wetland plants encountered in the field will also be addressed. A copy of IWEER's "Winter Guide to Woody Plants of Wetlands and Their Borders: Northeastern US" will be provided.

Schedule for ID of Winter Woody Plants


Tidal Wetland Plant Identification - Course Cost: $195.00
Spend one day with the author of "Field Guide to Tidal Wetland Plants of the Northeaster U.S. and Neighboring Canada" using the book to identify plants of salt, brackish and tidal freshwater marshes. The course begins with a short morning lecture introducing students to tidal wetland plant ecology, the dichotomous keys, and diagnostic characteristics for plant identification. Most of the day will be spent in the field using the book for plant identification. A variety of tidal wetlands in southern Massachusetts will be visited.

Schedule for Tidal Wetland Plant Identification