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Coastal Training Program
Chesapeake Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve

Providing science-based information, tools, and skills to promote resilient communities and clean and healthy streams, rivers and watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Wetland Plant Identification

Beaver Pond, photo by Tim RayA 2-day course designed for restoration practitioners to gain beginner level wetland plant identification skills. This training will provide introductory level instruction but is also appropriate for those wishing to refresh or strengthen their wetland plant identification skills.

Course includes:

  • Instruction on how to key plants using taxonomic hierarchy
  • Hands on plant ID with live specimens
  • Introduction to the ecology of wetlands
  • Field instruction at 3-4 sites at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
  • Introduction of flower morphology, inflorescence types and leaf and pubescence types
  • Introduction to adaptations of vascular plants in hydrological conditions

Training attendees will use:

  • Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
  • Tiner's Field Guide to Non-tidal Wetland Identification
  • Days Afield: Exploring Wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay Region

Day 1 of the course is classroom instruction and Day 2 is hands-on in the field. Dress for the elements. Come prepared with water, sunscreen and bug spray.


Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Reserve
Chesapeake and Coastal Service
Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis MD 21401

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