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AMWS is fully committed to the professional development of our members. As a result, we offer a variety of workshops on wetland science and regulatory updates. Non-members are welcome to attend. However, membership is encouraged through reduced workshop rates and other benefits.

AMWS workshops are recognized for their value: nowhere else will you find top working wetland scientists "giving back" to the profession at such affordable rates. As a result, AMWS members only are offered the limited number of seats during the first two weeks of posting an event.

As an added value of AMWS membership, we also offer social networking opportunities with other environmental professionals. These events generally take place in central Massachusetts, and may include appetizers and drinks, as well as a speaker.

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Left Photo: Courtesy Brent Baeslack (Haverhill ConCom) - Instructors Dwight Dunk (CDM) and Chad Sumner (SumCo Eco-Contracting) discuss the riprap foot of the restored slope at low tide during the field portion of the 9/30/11 AMWS Riverbank Stabilization Techniques Workshop in Haverhill, Mass. Of note, the tree stump in the water is secured by cables, and was added to aid stability and provide fish habitat.

Right Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.) - Instructor Art Allen (EcoTec) at a deep hole featured at the AMWS Advanced Soil Identification Workshop, held June 22nd & 23rd, 2010, in Grafton, Mass.




Perfect for Wetland Scientists, Soil Scientists and Certified Soil Evaluators


Sept. 19, 2014 (Friday); Rain Date Oct. 3, 2014

A Second Look at U.S. Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in Massachusetts

Chelmsford, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The focus of this all-day, advanced soil workshop is in the field--documenting and interpreting soil conditions and hydrology.  Similar to the 2012 AMWS workshop held in the Bridgewater, Massachusetts area, "A Second Look" is intended to be both a refresher using federal methodology and an opportunity to "fill in the blanks" with what may have been missed the first time. (You'll recall that federal soil methodology is not set up in a traditional hierarchical key, nor is it based on conventional soil classification/description terminology.)


Participants will work at three locations at the Wright Reservation staffed by seven expert instructors. You'll learn how to apply the Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States (Version 7.0, plus errata for F21) to a range of soil conditions encountered in southern New England. (This manual is the official soils reference for federal wetland delineations in all New England states.) 


Everyone will gather for the day's overview and divide into groups for a "round robin" excursion to the nearby sites. Instructors will be stationary at their allotted pits, while participants will rotate at specified times. The day will end with a debriefing and distribution of Certificates of Attendance.


Note that the instructors will have equipment at each site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sharp shooter, trowel and soil color book. This workshop is oriented toward wetland scientists, soil scientists and certified soil evaluators. (Certified soil evaluators with an advanced soil background will find the course helpful for honing their hydric soil identification skills. Please note that there is no direct applicability to Title 5 in this workshop.)


Prerequisites: Previous soil identification experience is required. The U.S. indicators that you can expect to see at the workshop will be listed at (after 9/01/14), with the link to the Version 7.0 manual. Participants are required to preview reference materials, so on the day of the workshop you can hit the ground running!


Instructors: Paul Minkin (USACOE), Mike Narcisi (USACOE), Tom Peragallo (LEC Environmental; formerly NRCS), Cori Rose (USACOE); Erica Sachs (EPA);  Mike Sheehan (Blue Flags; formerly USACOE), and Matt Schweisberg (Wetland Strategies & Solutions; formerly EPA).


Cost: Member $150, non-member $195 (includes numerous handouts and field forms, plus registration coffee/juice/doughnuts. Does not include lunch. Bring your own!) Note: Any non-AMWS member who joins AMWS for this workshop may enjoy membership through 2015.


Hours toward CEUs are available, and this workshop may be used for self-reported CEUs by certified professional soil scientists. R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management/Office of Water Resources has assigned 4 CEUs for Cl-I, II & III, if a Cl-IV license is also held. Training Contact Hours (TCHs) are under consideration by by NEIWPCC.


This workshop is limited to 24 participants, so early registration is suggested.


Contact:                                                                                              Status: Filling Fast!





Sept. 26, 2014  (Friday); Rain Date Oct. 10, 2014

Classic River Morphology

Fish & Wildlife Training Site (classroom), Belchertown, Mass.

West Branch of Swift River (field), near Belchertown, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Every wetland scientist needs the information provided by this workshop, yet few have the opportunity to get it in New England. Learn about river dynamics, bankfull determinations and stream survey techniques.


The all-day seminar covers glacial and floodplain characteristics, terrain and watershed features, use of the Rosgen method of river classification, bankfull indicators and field techniques, river geometry, problem sites and use of flow meters, indicator dye and survey techniques. There will also be a presentation on cold water fisheries, including their definitions and indicator species in Massachusetts.


The workshop’s emphasis is on science, not regulation. There will be a morning classroom session and afternoon session on the nearby Swift River. Coffee is included. Bring your own lunch and waders.


Prerequisites: Knee-high to chest-high waders. 


Instructors: Patrick Garner (Hydrologist, Patrick Garner Co.); Beth Lambert (Fluvial Morphologist, Mass. Riverways Program);  Paul Beaulieu (Sr. Wetland Scientist, Tighe & Bond).  


CEUs: 7 hours toward CEUs (actual number determined by certifying agency). 


Cost: Member $95; non-member $155 


This workshop is limited to18 participants, so early registration is suggested.







Nov. 14, 2014  (Friday)

Annual Meeting: "Member's Choice" (half-day)

Warren Conference Center, Ashland, Mass.

9:00 a.m. - noon

More info to follow. Includes continental breakfast and member-only raffle!


Cost: Member $100; non-member $160 











Not an AMWS member? See "Join" section on this website!


(1) Fees are due in advance of the workshop. Should you require reimbursement by your employer, an invoice will be provided upon request.

(2) In the unlikely event that we have insufficient registrations two (2) weeks before a workshop, we reserve the right to cancel it. Your fee will be returned in full.

(3) If you must cancel seven (7) days or more before a workshop, your fee will be returned, less 25%. No refunds seven (6) days or less before a workshop. Note: Substitutions are fine and may be made without charge, as long as the difference between member and non-member fees is paid, and there is no one on the Wait List. Please note that your substitute will not receive a Certificate of Attendance unless AMWS is notified before the workshop so the Wait List may be checked and availability confirmed.

**We regret the cancelation charges, but your absence may affect whether the workshop is held, and will affect the instructors, who key their presentation to participants. Additionally, your absence affects catering, the number of printed materials and AMWS itself--as we have fixed expenses.

(4) Registration is only guaranteed when you are given confirmation by email. Do not assume you are registered otherwise. Workshop participants often receive box lunches or supplies that are not ordered in excess. Additionally, the instructor/participant ratio must be maintained for optimal learning.
(5) Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Wait List will be maintained.
(6) CEUs are usually available from the certifying authority. All participants are given a Certificate of Attendance.



NOTE: As of 1/01/11, Continuing Ed units are no longer pre-approved by the N.H. Board. You still need continuing education, but it is now call Continuing Education Hours (versus units), w/ 1 hour = 1 CEH. It is the responsibility of the candidate to decide whether or not the course is relevant to the practice of Soil or Wetland Science. For more info, see




AMWS ALSO LISTS ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND MEETINGS OFFERED BY OTHER GROUPS that may be of interest to our members. Mention of a particular conference, course, or company does not imply endorsement by AMWS.

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Friday May 30, 2014

8am - 4pm

Plymouth State University 

Hyde Hall, Room 327

Plymouth, NH 


The workshop consists of a morning session in PSU's environmental computer lab where you will receive an introduction to photointerpretation using digital orthophotos of various light spectrums including UV and true-color, and 3-D stereoscopic (hard copy only) imagery.   


In the afternoon, the class will move to the field with each student's photointerpreted wetland map, and review the results on the ground.   Lunch will be provided.


Workshop instructors are Dr. Rick Van de Poll, Lee Carbonneau and Sarah Allen.


A certificate of attendance for 7.0 contact hours, 6.0 credit hours for NH Permitted Designer/Installers will be given. 


Download the flyer below for registration information and a full description of this workshop, or register through our website using PayPal. 





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June 6, 2014 (Fri.)


Ferns of South Quabbin

This workshop for beginners will include an hour of classroom instruction in basic fern botany followed by three hours of field identification. Participants will learn how to identify approximately 24 fern species and clubmosses common to the South Quabbin area using visual techniques, field guides and keys. Influences of soil/site/moisture on fern species distribution and composition will also be considered.  Morning refreshments included; please bring a bag lunch and dress appropriately for the field session. Participants will need to carpool on gravel roads to the field sites.
Instructor: Randall Stone, DCR/DWSP Forester


Cost: MACC members $70, Non-members $90, Full-time students $45


For more info:


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Eagle Hill Institute

Steuben, Maine


The Eagle Hill Institute is offering these 3 week-long courses (one taught by AMWS member Matt Schweisberg!):


Sunday June 15, 2014 to Saturday June 21 (residential course)

Wetland Identification and Delineation, and Associated Ecology
Instructors: Matt Schweisberg and Joe Homer
Fee: Tuition ($575) + Housing ($55 to $195) + Meals ($245) + Notebook fee ($30)

This training will be based in large part on the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual (1987) and Regional Supplement: Northcentral and Northeast Region (2012). The seminar addresses the requirements for basic delineation training as specified by the Corps of Engineers for its Regulatory IV course. Successful completion of this seminar will provide participants with a sound knowledge base and basic field experience for identifying wetlands, delineating their boundaries, and understanding how wetlands relate ecologically to the surrounding landscape.


Sunday June 15, 2014 to Saturday June 21 (residential course)

Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology
Instructor: Anton Reznicek
Fee: Tuition ($475) + Housing ($55 to $195) + Meals ($245) + Microscope fee ($15)

This seminar offers a comprehensive overview of the systematics and ecology of grasses, sedges, and rushes. Field studies will focus on recognition of major groups and important species, but will also cover reasons for the diversity of species in different habitats of coastal and inland Maine. Field identification and field characters are emphasized. Lab studies of specimens and discussions will develop formal identification skills and will review the various keys that are available. There will be a brief overview of modern classification of these graminoids. Participants are encouraged to bring their own challenging or interesting specimens needing identification or verification.

Sunday, August 3, 2014 to Saturday August 9, 2014

Survey of Grasses of Northeastern North America
Instructor: Dennis Magee
Fee: Tuition ($475) + Housing ($55 to $195) + Meals ($245) + Microscope fee ($15)

This course will include learning the key distinguishing features for each of 10 tribes of grasses and upwards of 70 or so common and representative genera within those tribes. Fresh plant material and dissecting microscope exhibits will be used to teach key identification features for each taxon. The first day will be spent in lecture and lab teaching necessary background material and identification concepts. On subsequent days, mornings will begin with a lecture on the taxa to be covered that day followed by examination of specimens and afternoon field trips will be taken to develop field recognition skills. Collected specimens will be keyed back in the lab. The final day will be spent summarizing the course material, answering questions, and assisting participants in the field with practical applications. This course will be of interest to botanists, wetland delineators, mitigation specialists, native plant landscapers and naturalists.

For general information about the program, go to

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June 24 and 25, 2014


Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Barnstable, Mass.


This hands-on workshop is designed for individuals interested in learning how to use practical, low cost techniques for restoring naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. Lead by wetland restoration expert Tom Biebighauser, participants will see how wetland projects can be planned in land trust properties and other private conserved lands, public land, and even on school grounds to benefit plants, animals, and people. Through direct participation in an actual wetland restoration project at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, attendees will discover how to identify degraded wetlands suitable for restoration, test soils, choose construction techniques, work with heavy equipment operators, and establish native plants. Also, through a series of presentations, participants will learn about active management projects involving rare wetland species including Mass Audubon’s Eastern Spadefoot Toad Restoration Project on Cape Cod. Field trips to proposed and existing wetland restoration project sites are included. Workshop proceeds will support Long pasture’s Spadefoot Toad and Wetland restoration Project.


For for more information, as well as a link to the announcement (including the agenda and online registration), see below:


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Upcoming Workshops through Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass.


Saturday, June 28, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Hartland, VT
Course Code: fdt5008
Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society 
Fee:  $48   Limit: 12   Credit: Field--FB/Adv FB


On the Boardwalks: Plants and Communities of Eshqua and Crescenti Bogs

Eshqua Bog is a rich, calcareous fen well known for its orchid populations, including showy lady's-slipper, white bog orchid, and northern green orchid, and its great diversity of other wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges, and shrubs. Philbrick-Criscenti Bog is a classic acidic sphagnum bog with stands of black spruce and tamarack bordering a large open mat with pitcher plants, sundews, cotton grass, wild calla, and horned bladderwort as well as a variety of heath plants, including leatherleaf, sheep laurel, bog rosemary, and cranberry, many of which will be blooming in late June. You will compare the flora of both systems, as well as the plant communities of the very different upland forests that surround these exceptional wetlands. Bring a lunch and plenty of water.




Thursday, July 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA, and field site
Course Code: wet1000
Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society 
Fee:  $80         Limit: 12   Credit: Elective--all certificates 
Cosponsor: Ecological Landscaping Association


Wetland Plant Identification

Explore a variety of wetland community types, their ecology, and their common indicator species. Following a brief lecture, we’ll visit wetland habitats, including a red maple swamp, a floodplain marsh, and a pond. While in the field, we will take advantage of the season by observing ferns, sedges, and various aquatic species, as well as shrubs and trees. Bring a hand lens, lunch, water, and come prepared for wet feet in the field.



Thursday, August 7, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Friday, August 8, 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.

Location: Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
Course Code: bot2050
Instructor: Ted Elliman, Senior Botanist, New England Wild Flower Society 
Fee:  $146   Limit: 16   Credit: Core-FB; Elective-Adv.FB


Botanic Inventory Methods

Learn how to inventory the flora and describe the vegetation communities on public and private land for the purposes of conservation planning and management. The evening session covers the elements of field preparation: maps, aerial photography, GPS units, field equipment, data sheets, rare plant and community documentation, and the fundamentals of state and national vegetation community classification systems. The field investigation includes sampling a variety of forest and meadow communities, applying data on geology, soils, and hydrology as well as information on species associations. Practice applying rapid and comprehensive sampling techniques. Sturdy footgear is recommended, as are a compass and hand lens. Bring a bag lunch for the field session.


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Evaluating Wetland Condition

Using the Newly Advanced

Rapid Field Based


Tuesday July 22 8:30am - 4:30pm (indoor training)
Thursday July 24 8:30am - 4:40pm (indoor + field training)

Registration is Free

(Supported by US EPA Wetland Program Development Grant)


Indoor training will be held in the large conference room at DRED, 172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH, with the outdoor session conducted at nearby wetland training sites.

To register send your full name and phone number by email to Bill Nichols ( or call him at 603-271-2215 x444 with questions.  Registration deadline is Monday July 14.

Certificate of Attendance available to Wetland Professionals for a total of 16 contact hours for the two days.  (8 contact hours for attending only Day 1 is possible upon request prior to the training, two-day participation strongly recommended.)

This two-day wetland condition Ecological Integrity Assessment (EIA) training is designed to meet the needs of natural resources professionals. Data on the condition or ecological integrity of wetland systems can be used to aid functional assessments, monitor status and trends, prioritize sites for conservation or restoration, guide mitigation applications, and contribute to land use planning.

Ecological integrity can be defined as an assessment of the structure, composition, and function of a wetland system as compared to reference examples. Utilization of the wetland system classification is critical for comparison to reference examples and for enhancing a surveyor's ability to assess condition through an improved understanding of the wetland's ecology. The primary goal of the office and field training is to provide participants with the ability to confidently use the EIA method and wetland system classification. As time permits, the natural community classification and approaches to identifying plant species will also be discussed and applied in the field.



Bill Nichols: Senior Ecologist and State Botanist, NH Natural Heritage Bureau.

Melissa Coppola: Environmental Information Specialist, NH Natural Heritage Bureau.

Pete Bowman: Wildlife Biologist, NH Natural Heritage Bureau.



New Hampshire Assoc of Natural Resource Scientists | (603) 224-0401 | |
PO Box 110
Concord, NH 03302-0110






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