Beginners Plant ID for Wetland Delineation

Course Overview

This is a one-day field course designed for individuals new to plant identification necessary for conducting wetland delineations.  Basic terminology critical to plant identification will be covered. This course is an excellent add-on for our Basic Wetland Delineation course. Once you learn delineation, the best way to increase your efficiency is to learn to rapidly identify plants in the field.

Focus will be on the plant species that are most commonly dominant and/or indicative of wetland boundaries in the region the course is offered. Guidance for further training, field guides, floras, and online resources will be discussed.

8 contact hours.


Tuition cost:

COVID-19 Precautions

In light of state and national COVID-19 guidelines, WTI has developed plans to provide the safest possible field course environment while adhering to social distancing recommendations.  All participants must read, sign, and return our Participant Guidelines and COVID-19 Liability Waiver Form before the start date of your course in order to participate. If you are unable to do this, you will not be allowed to participate in the field course. All WTI course dates will continue to be contingent on CDC and State recommendations related to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements.

Your Course Includes

Field Identification

Participants will be introduced to identification of plant species commonly encountered around the boundaries of wetland types within the region where the course is presented. 

Printed Lecture Notes

All participants receive printed notes with useful background information and definitions of basic botanical terms.

Instructor interaction

WTI instructors are available to answer specific questions during and after your course.

Frequently asked Questions

Where is the specific location or venue for the course?

We finalize specific logistics once a course has reached minimum enrollment and is officially “confirmed.” Once confirmed, all registered participants will be notified of specific details so travel and other arrangements can be made as needed.

Does this course have any certificates?

You will receive a certificate of completion with instructional contact hours documented once you have completed all course requirements (i.e. online lectures, field practicum, discussion forum participation).

Register Now by Course Location

Dates and Location options for Beginners Plant Identification:

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April 19, 2024 Sacramento, CA CONFIRMED
May 6, 2024 San Diego, CA REGISTER NOW
May 16, 2024 Santa Rosa, CA REGISTER NOW



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Course Objectives and Agenda

This 1-day in-person course designed for individuals new to plant identification necessary for conducting wetland delineations.  Basic terminology critical to plant identification will be covered. The learning objectives of the course will be for the student to gain basic familiarity with terms and structural features necessary for plant identification and to be exposed to 40-50 species commonly encountered in practical wetland delineation work.

The following is an outline of a typical course agenda. Specific times and topics are subject to change.

8 – 9 am Convene class for introductions, safety lecture, and introduction to the basics of plant identification, collecting and preserving plant specimens, and the use of field guides and floras
9am – 12pm Field site visits, Observe and identify plants
12 – 1pm Stop en route for lunch on your own (not included in cost of course)
1 – 5pm Continue field site visits; Observe and identify plants
5pm Adjourn