Soil and Water Science Department

   April 5-7, 2011 - Registration Closed
   April 26-28, 2011
- Registration Closed
   October 4-6, 2011
- Registration Closed
   October 25-27, 2011

   Austin Cary Memorial Forest
   Gainesville, FL

l Course Overview l Course Instructor l Hotel Accommodations
l 10 Ways to Benefit l Registration Information l Area Information
l Daily Agenda l Training Site l Further Information


This exclusive training program focuses on the interrelations of hydrology and hydric soils and how to distinguish hydric soils from nonhydric soils. Morning lectures address background information on soil hydrology, definition and criteria of hydric soils, morphologies of hydric soils, and monitoring instrumentation and data analysis. Field indicators of hydric soils will be emphasized throughout the course, and afternoon field trips are designed to provide field examples of material covered during morning lectures. Emphasis will be on the separation of hydric soils from nonhydric soils. This course provides 21 hours of training and instruction, and a Certificate of Completion will be provided upon conclusion. Enrollment is limited, so register early to secure a seat in the course.

Not sure if you should attend? Contact the course instructor, Wade Hurt, at and ask if this training course is for you.


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10 Ways to Benefit

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the pedogenic processes that result in hydric soils.
  2. Identify and describe redoximorphic features in soils and explain their relationship to hydric soils.
  3. Describe regional groundwater and surface water relationships.
  4. Use the definition and criteria for hydric soils and explain their relationships.
  5. Use field techniques to identify regional hydric soils.
  6. Evaluate the installation of monitoring instruments to prove/disprove the presence of hydric soils and/or wetland hydrology.
  7. Interpret monitoring equipment data.
  8. Understand and explain the development of hydric soil interpretations.
  9. Delineate hydric soils.
  10. Advance your overall training and expertise as a wetlands professional.
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Daily Agenda
l April 5-7, 2011 (Registration Closed) l April 26-28, 2011 (Registration Closed)
October 4-6, 2011 (Registration Closed) l October 25-27, 2011 

8:00am-12:00noon Lectures
12:00noon-1:00pm Lunch on Own (bring a sack lunch each day)
1:00pm-5:00pm Field Exercises

8:00am-11:00am Lectures
11:00am-12:00noon Lunch on Own
12:00noon-2:00pm Field Exercises

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Course Instructor

G. Wade Hurt was the National Leader for Hydric Soils, and has been a Soil Scientist at the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida since 2007. He has expertise in hydric soil morphology and delineating hydric soils.

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Registration Information

Enrollment in this course is limited to the first eleven (11) participants, and registrations will be
accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please Note: Registration for the Spring short course
dates will be begin immediately until the classes are full. Registration for the Fall short course
dates will begin May 1, 2011 until the classes are full.
Due to the highly specialized nature of this short course and the limited number of seats available:
  • No transfer requests to another course date will be honored once a course is full;

  • No refunds will be granted AFTER a course is full except for medical reasons (a doctor’s note must be submitted to the conference coordinator with the participant’s written request); if you have to cancel, and the course is not full, a written notification of cancellation must be received by the Office of Conferences by the date listed below:
      -- no later than March 8, 2011 for the April 5-7 course
      -- no later than  March 29, 2011 for the April 26-28 course
      -- no later than September 6, 2011 for the October 4-6 course
      -- no later than September 27, 2011 for the October 25-27 course

  • A $100 processing fee will be deducted from your refund;

  • If the course is rescheduled due to inclement weather and you cannot attend new dates, a full refund will be given;

  • If you need to substitute a participant that option is available only for the same course date.

Spring Short Courses
April 5-7, 2011


Early Reduced Registration: (On or before Mar. 4, 2011) $600
Regular Registration: (After Mar. 4, 2011) $700
Apr. 26-28, 2011


Early Reduced Registration:  (Before Mar. 29, 2011) $600
Regular Registration: (After Mar. 29, 2011) $700
Fall Short Courses
October 4-6, 2011


Early Reduced Registration: (On or before Aug. 30, 2011) $600
Regular Registration: (After Aug. 30, 2011) $700
Oct. 25-27, 2011 Early Reduced Registration: (On or before Sep. 20, 2011) $600
Regular Registration: (After Sep. 20, 2011) $700

What Does the Fee Include? The full registration fee includes one copy of the course manual, other training materials and daily refreshments. It is advisable for attendees to bring a set of Munsell color charts. Participants are on their own for all meals.

Note: Your registration is not valid until you have successfully completed the entire process and received a printable confirmation page and an email confirmation. This is the only registration receipt you will receive so make sure to keep a copy for registration verification.

Before clicking on the registration link below, we recommend that you have payment information on-hand, such as credit card, check number or purchase order number, if we are to invoice your institution.

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Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Mr. Wade Hurt at least 10 working days prior to the course. He can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-1951, x237, by fax at 1-352-392-3092, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), within the state of Florida. 


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Training Site

This course will be held at the University of Florida’s Austin Cary Memorial Forest Education Building. Daily field exercises will be conducted in the forest, and field clothing and equipment are essential for participation. We also recommend you bring sunscreen, mosquito repellent and a backpack. Water and refreshments will be provided. Click here for a  map with directions to the training site.

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Hotel Accommodations

Several hotel and motel establishments are available in the Gainesville area to provide guest room accommodations throughout the course. Participants are responsible for making their own hotel guest room reservations.

Gainesville Area
Lodging Options
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Area Information

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For Further Information
Training Information:
Mr. Wade Hurt – Organizer
University of Florida/IFAS
Soil and Water Science Department
PO Box 110290
Gainesville, FL 32611-0290
PHONE: (352) 392-1951
FAX: (352) 392-3092
Registration Information:
Sharon Borneman, CGMP
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
Building 639 Mowry Road
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
PHONE: (352) 392-5930
FAX: (352) 392-9734

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