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SCNP Elective: Wetland & Riparian Ecology

September 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wetland and riparian (streams & rivers) ecosystems are among the most productive and biologically diverse systems in the world, yet they are among the most threatened. Common wetlands in our region include floodplains associated with stream and river corridors, swamps, bogs, and marshes. These systems are vital for a sustainable global ecology, providing key functions such as pollution filtering for surface waters and ground waters, floodwater buffering, and wildlife nurseries. In this course, you will learn the basic science behind defining these systems and the special features that characterize wetland and riparian habitats in our region. You will also learn the basics of how the science and law (the Clean Water Act) meet to help protect these vital ecosystems. We will spend about one third of our time in the classroom learning the technical basics of what makes these systems distinctive and the important ecological services they provide. Then we will go into the field in the Clemson area for about two thirds of our time to study a wetland (or maybe two) by examining the special soils, hydrology and plant communities, and if we are lucky, some wetland wildlife. Instructor: Dr. Jeffery Beacham, ecologist and SCNPS State Board of Directors. Please register by September 8.

To register for this class, click here.

10% discount for SCBG and SCNP Society members, click here for the discount code.

To read more about the certificate program, click here.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations made at least 5 business days prior to the class will be subject to a 20% processing fee.
  • Class registration cannot be transferred to other classes.
  • Cancellations made 5 business days before the class will be refunded to the discretion of the SCBG.

For more information, contact Sue Watts at [email protected]



September 15, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


South Carolina Botanical Garden – Hayden Center
150 Discovery Lane
Clemson, SC 29634 United States