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Since its inception in 1972, Environmental Concern Inc. has put a premium on building the capacity of those in the wetland field (consultants, government, higher education, non-profits) through quality professional development opportunities.  Unlike other wetland training centers, Environmental Concern is a working firm engaged in the work of wetlands.  We are able to provide students a unique learning experience presented from the practitioner’s perspective.  The Wetland Learning Center in St. Michaels, Maryland (Eastern Shore) includes the nation’s first wholesale wetland plant nursery – currently growing over 120 different species, and an active restoration department engaged in cutting edge enhancement, restoration and creation initiatives.

All courses are held at  Environmental Concern’s Wetland Learning Center located on the headwaters of San Domingo Creek in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. (Directions)

Most course days are scheduled from 8:30am-5:00pm.

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Basic Wetland Delineation: Register

Students and professionals just entering the field of wetland science, as well as those needing a review, should attend this 4.5 day (36-hour) course on the 1987 Corps of Engineers wetland delineation method. The course covers the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulations, updated regulation changes, and individual wetland parameters of vegetation, soils, and hydrology. 

Instructors: William Sipple
Dates: April 21 - 25, 2014
Cost: Early Bird Rate $950 ($975 after April 14)

Dates: September 22 - 26, 2014
Cost: Early Bird Rate $950 ($975 after September 15)

Location: Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, MD
Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM

Hydric Soil - Field Indicators :

This two-day course will provide students with an understanding of hydric soils, giving them an advantage when performing wetland delineations. The class will begin in the classroom but the majority will be spent in the field exploring  indicators  essential for hydric soil ID.   A basic knowledge of soils is helpful, but not required. 

Instructor: To Be Determined
Dates: check back in 2014
Location: Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, MD
Cost: Early Bird Rate $400
Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM

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Winter Woody Plant ID: Register

 This two-day course will give wetland professionals a competitive edge when  delineating wetlands. Vegetation analysis is the primary criteria used to delineate wetland boundaries. Numerous woody plant species will be identified through lectures, field trips, and field/lab keying. Background in botany preferred, but not necessary.

Instructor: Bill Sipple
Date: December 16-17, 2013
Cost: Early Bird Rate $400

Date: December 8 - 9, 2014
Cost: Early Bird Rate $400 ($425 after December 2)

Location: Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, MD
Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM

Wetland Plant ID Basics: Register

Designed for wetland professionals to improve vegetation identification, this two-day field course will focus on both tidal and non-tidal wetland plant identification. Emphasis will be on key field characteristics of select vascular plant families.  Instructor-led and group keying will teach the necessary skills for field id of wetland indicator species.

Instructor: Leslie Hunter- Cario
Date: July 22 - 23, 2013
Location: Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, MD
Cost: Early Bird Rate $300 ($325 after June 14)
Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM

Advanced Plant ID: Register

This three-day course is designed for professionals who have basic plant identification training and experience, including those looking for a refresher course. Key field characteristics of select vascular plant families will be covered, and the identification and recognition of major plants found in both uplands and wetlands will be emphasized.

Instructor: Bill Sipple
Date: July 8 - 10, 2014
Location: Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, MD
Cost: Early Bird Rate $600 ($625 after June 30)
Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes:

A solid understanding of grasses, sedges, and rushes is necessary for anyone working with wetlands.  This four-day course will focus on identification of these members of the plant kingdom. Participants will leave with an understanding of the families, family subdivisions, and genera of the often confusing species of grasses, sedges, and rushes (wetland and upland).

Instructor: Bill Sipple
Date: August 18 - 21, 2014
Location: Environmental Concern, St. Michaels, MD
Cost: Early Bird Rate $700 ($725 after August 11)
Time: 8:30AM-5:00PM

 

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Instructor Biography:

Leslie Hunter-Cario

Leslie Hunter-Cario is a Certified Professional Horticulturist professionally involved in the native plant industry since 1997.  She is employed as the Vice President, Nursery Operations at Environmental Concern Inc., where she has worked for fourteen years.  Directing the wetland plant nursery, her duties relate to the propagation and production of wetland plants, nutrient management, and horticultural/botanical education.  Leslie serves on the board of the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association, chairs the Eastern Shore chapter of the Maryland Native Plant Society, and serves as the vice-chair of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council.  She is a recent graduate of the LEAD Maryland Foundation fellowship, an organization dedicated to training agricultural and natural resource leaders.

 

William S. Sipple

William S. Sipple is a wetland ecologist and the principal in W. S. Sipple Wetland & Environmental Training & Consulting, a small company he established after retiring from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2003. At EPA, he was an ecologist in the Agency’s Wetland Division in Washington, D.C. from 1979- 2003. From 1971-1979, he worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis in a tidal wetland program. He has lead numerous field trips in the Mid-Atlantic Region since 1971 and has taught various wetland delineation and plant identification courses in the private sector at Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, the Humboldt Field Research Institute in Steuben, ME, the Institute for Wetland & Environmental Education & Research in Laverett, MA, Environmental Concern, Inc. in St. Michaels, MD, the Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, VA, and at the Graduate School, U. S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. His graduate training was in regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania and plant ecology at the University of Maryland. He has published a number of scientific articles in various peer-reviewed journals and is also a dedicated journal keeper (over 50 years) and writer, which has resulted in extensive field journals and two books: Through the Eyes of a Young Naturalist (1991) and Days Afield: Exploring Wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay Region (1999).

Course Information

Wetland Delineation

Wetland Vegetation

Instructor Bios


Schedule for
Professional Courses

2013

Dates

Course


Dec. 16-17


Winter Woody Plant ID

2014


April 21 - 25

Basic Wetland Delineation


July 8 - 10


Advanced Plant ID


July 22 - 23


Wetland Plant ID Basics

August 18 - 21


Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes ID


Sept. 22-26

Basic Wetland Delineation


TBD

Hydric Soils


Dec. 8 - 9


Winter Woody Plant ID

 

Basic Plant ID

Course Registration

Cancellation Policy

Discounts

 

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Wetland Soil

 

 

 

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