Course session: April 3 – June 13, 2023

Registration for the Spring session of University of Maryland Extension’s “The Woods in Your Backyard” online course is now open. Our self-directed, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from April 3rd to June 13th, 2023. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas. Based on the guide of the same name, the course provides strategies to landowners and managers of small parcels of land that improve the stewardship of their property for personal enjoyment and environmental quality. It uses a hands-on learning approach to help participants develop and implement a plan for their property. Activities include how to map habitat areas, understand basic ecological principles about woodland and wildlife, choose and implement a few habitat management projects, and how to set a timetable and record your progress. Online discussion groups will allow participants to interact with others taking the course. A certificate of completion is awarded when all assignments are completed.

The course costs $95.00 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods In Your Backyard” guide, workbook, and a tree identification guide. For more information, go to To register through Eventbrite, go to Registration is limited to 25 participants.

Registration closes April 3rd or when the course is filled.