The Swamp School

The Swamp School

Blended Online and Field Wetland Delineation Workshop

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This year the Swamp School is offering the option to take our USACOE Wetland Delineation and Regional Supplement Training in an accelerated 7-day program. You will be able to participate in our virtual classroom with the other students and instructor to complete the program coursework at the same pace as our weeklong traditional classroom program without the need to travel anywhere. The program includes presentations, class discussions and an in-person field workshop that is offered at a variety of locations. All you need is a local wetland, a standard PC/MAC with a reliable internet connection and a week to get it all done.

The online class program is offered over 5 days. It is entirely on-demand and can be accessed at any time and anywhere with a good internet connection. There are daily assignments and discussion topics that need to be completed and do require your daily participation in the program. However, you choose the time. Generally, the online classroom material requires about 3-4 hours per day to complete (16 hours total).

Once you complete the online portion of the class it is time to go outside. This includes a two-day field (16 hours) field exercise. You will meet the class in the field at one of our field study locations.  Our instructors will demonstrate and guide you through all of the USACOE wetland delineation field procedures including the preparation of Regional Supplement Data forms and the field mapping of a wetland.

Classroom discussions are part of this program. Questions are answered by the instructor daily and you can start a discussion with the class as a whole. If you have a detailed question that you need help with you can schedule one-on-one time with the instructor.

Daily Schedule

  • Monday
    • Laws and Regulations
    • The Wetland Manuals
  • Tuesday
    • National Wetland Inventory
    • Wetland Plants
  • Wednesday
    • Wetland Hydrology
  • Thursday
    • Wetland Soils
  • Friday
    • Offsite Methods
    • Onsite Field Techniques

Second Week

  • Field Day 1
    • Wetland Data Forms for wetland and upland sites
  • Field Day 2
    • Wetland Data Forms for wetland and upland sites
    • Wetland Boundary Demarcation

Choose your week and which USACOE Region you plan on working in.  Need more than one Region?   Pick one and sign up.  Then let us know what other ones you will need.  We will add them to your account at no extra cost!  Please note that the field workshop can only cover the region that it is located in.

Just like our traditional classroom training, you will need to set aside a full week to complete the program. So, turn off the cell phone and close your email and get ready for a fun and interactive week of wetland training.

Required Class Materials

  • PC/MAC/Linux Based Computer with High-Speed Internet Access
  • Munsell Soil Color Chart
  • Soil Auger or Shovel
  • Plant Guides
  • Digital Camera (Cell Phone Works Fine)

Time Commitments

You should plan on 3-4 hours per classroom day to work on the course materials.  It is on demand so you can participate on your own daily schedule.   However, you will need to complete each days’ program by the end of the day.  The field days will consist of 2, 8-hour workshops.

Time Limits

You must complete the class by the end of the session. If you are unable to complete the class within that time frame you MUST notify the Swamp School in writing. Late work may be turned in but may be penalized. Additional time extensions can be requested via your instructors. You can transfer to the next scheduled class for an additional fee. However, some or all of your previous coursework may not carry over to the new session. The Swamp School reserves the right to modify this policy on a case-by-case basis.

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