University of Maryland Extension

The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop

"The Woods in Your Backyard" guide
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 - 9:00pm
Montgomery County Office
University of Maryland Extension
18410 Muncaster Mill Road
Derwood, MD 20855
United States
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Jonathan Kays & Chuck Schuster, University of Maryland Extension

Are you interested learning how better manage the natural areas on your property or convert some lawn into natural area? If so, you are invited to participate in the upcoming “The Woods in Your Backyard Workshop” to be held from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, November 11, 2014 and November 18, 2014. The two-part workshop will be held at the University of Maryland Extension, Montgomery County Office, 18410 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855.

This hands-on workshop is designed to provide the basics of woodland and wildlife management for small acreage property owners. Participants will learn how to make their woodlands work for them and develop a plan for their property. Landowners of just a few acres can make a positive difference in their environment through planning and implementing the stewardship practices discussed. The workshop will include a combination of presentation and small group activities.

Small lots are important, since the vast majority of landowners have less than 10 acres. By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on these small lots, the landowner can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife and improve water quality, not to mention property value in many cases. There will be a special focus on converting lawn to natural areas. If a landowner’s lot connects with other lots, there is ample opportunity to make an even larger impact by getting neighbors involved.  Workshop participants will learn:

  • How to map their land and surrounding properties and options for taking action;
  • How to identify land management units on their property;
  • The basics of tree identification forestry, and wildlife habitat management;
  • How to assess water resources, recreational possibilities, aesthetic appeal and ways to improve each;
  • How to convert excess lawn area to natural areas.
  • How to choose a few land management projects to help meet their goals and set a timetable.

 The simple stewardship practices taught in this workshop will provide many personal benefits, including the opportunity to spend more time outdoors with family and friends.

The registration fee for the two-night course is $35 per individual.  Workshop participants will receive a full-color 130-page guide, The Woods in Your Backyard: Learning to Create and Enhance Natural Areas Around Your Home, as a program reference, as well as other resource materials. Those interested in information or in attending can contact Chuck Schuster by phone 301-590-2807, or email, Registrations are due by Friday, November 7, 2014.

See the flyers below for more information and an agenda.


$35.00 per person
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