University of Maryland Extension

The Woods in Your Backyard - Online Course

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 - 8:00am to Sunday, Jun. 4, 2017 - 11:45pm
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Woodland Stewardship Education program

The University of Maryland Extension is offering for the upcoming Spring the online version of its popular "The Woods in Your Backyard" guide and workshop. The non-credit course is built on a cross-platform, cloud-based learning management system called Canvas, so it is equally accessible to users of Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. It is also mobile-friendly, so it can be viewed on tablets like iPads.

The course will run March 1 to June 4, 2017. Registration is now open. Go to to register.

The cost of the course is $85.00. The course is limited to the first 20 registrants.

The course promotes the stewardship of small parcels of land for the personal enjoyment of the owners, and improved environmental quality for society. If you own 1 to 10 acres in the Eastern United States that is forested or has unmowed natural areas, this course is for you. It is also for you if you have a mowed lawn area that you want to turn into a woodland.

Participants will learn why they should manage their land; the basics of tree identification, forestry, and wildlife habitat management; how to choose a few land management projects to meet their goals; and how to set a timetable and record their progress. Quizzes will help participants understand important concepts and skills. Activities will enable them to better understand their natural area's resources and determine which projects they wish to undertake for their particular goals. Short videos introduce you to fellow woodland owners and illustrate important concepts and techniques. The accomplishments of a case study family, the Nelsons, are shared throughout the course as examples of what can be acheived.

We invite you to preview the course at, where you can read more about the course and see sample pages.

With a paid enrollment, each participant receives a print copy of The Woods in Your Backyard (2nd edition), The Woods in Your Backyard Workbook, and Common Native Trees of Virginia Tree Identification Guide.

For more information, contact Andrew Kling at the University of Maryland Extension Western Maryland Research & Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville MD 21756; by phone at 301-432-2767 ext. 307; or email


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