Southeastern Plants of the Wetland Boundary

Course Overview


Southeastern Plants of the Wetland Boundary is an entirely online course designed to give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to identify many commonly encountered plants on either side of the wetland boundary in the Southeastern United States. This course focuses on basic plant identification, terminology, keying, and field characters. A self-directed field component provides participants the opportunity to submit digital photographs of plants they have identified for verification and to interact with experts and peers on the course discussion forum. Lecture notes are available for download in full color in either two or three images per page. Participants are responsible for printing your own lectures notes.

This course is best suited for beginner to moderate skill levels and are ideal to prepare for one of our Basic Wetland Delineation courses. 24 contact hours of online instruction. Start right away, complete and review lectures at your own pace until your course closes.

Take all three regions currently available for just $900! Click here to purchase our 3 region bundle (includes Northeast, North Central, Southeast).


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Your Course Includes

PDF of Full Color Lecture Notes

Print and save a copy of full color lecture notes with choice of 2 or 3 slides per page with room for notes.

Instructor Interaction

WTI instructors are available to answer specific questions during and after your course. You will also have access to the online discussion forum for your course.

Certificate of Completion

All participants in WTI courses receive a certificate of completion recognizing the course topic and minimum number of hours required to complete the course.

Frequently asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
You can begin your online lectures anytime after your course opens (December each year).  You may continue to review online lectures anytime until your course closes (November 30th each year).
Can I view lectures at my own pace?
Yes! You can view and review lectures as many times you wish until your course closes. All online courses close on November 30th each year.
Can I have face to face interation with Instructor
No, this is an online self paced course. However, you are free to contact the instructor via our course discussion board, or if needed, the direct messaging system from the member’s area.
Does this course count towards my certification program?
Your certificate of completion can be used to document instructional hours received in this topic. You should contact the specific certifying agency or association directly to find out how they will assess or credit this WTI course. Typically, our courses are accepted by all state and national certifying agencies and associations; however, you should confirm that with the specific certification program to which you are applying or renewing.

Course Curriculum

  • Discussion: Welcome and Introduce Yourself Here (PWB-2023)
  • Discussion: I have questions or comments (PWB-2023)
  • Download full color lecture slides – 3 per page (279 pages) – PWB-SE
  • Download full color lecture slides – 2 per page (408 pages) – PWB-SE
  • Welcome to Southeastern Plants of the Wetland Boundary
  • Basics of Plant Taxonomy (Southeastern)
  • Trees – Part 1 (SE-PWB)
  • Trees – Part 2 (SE-PWB)
  • Trees – Part 3 (SE-PWB)
    30 minutes
  • Shrubs – Part 1 (SE-PWB)
  • Shrubs – Part 2 (SE-PWB)
  • Woody Vines (SE-PWB)
  • Broad-leaved Forbs – Part 1 (SE-PWB)
  • Broad-leaved Forbs – Part 2 (SE-PWB)
  • Broad-leaved Forbs – Part 3 (SE-PWB)
  • Broad-leaved Forbs – Part 4 (SE-PWB)
  • Broad-leaved Forbs – Part 5 (SE-PWB)
  • Graminoids – Part 1 (SE-PWB)
  • Graminoids – Part 2 (SE-PWB)
    30 minutes
  • Graminoids – Part 3 (SE-PWB)
  • Graminoids – Part 4 (SE-PWB)
  • Ferns (SE-PWB)
  • National Wetland Plant List
    0 minutes


Wesley Knapp is a professional botanist and ecologist specializing in rare, threatened, and endangered species, taxonomy and morphology. He is an expert on Sedges (Cyperaceae), and Rushes (Juncaceae) authoring keys for various Floras. He works for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Porgram and serves as a regional reviewer for the Flora of North America Project.