Backyard Woods Program

Backyard Woods Program

A course for Vermont homeowners interested in caring for their woods

  • Do you own less than 25 acres?
  • Are you interested in becoming a more active steward of your woods?

Then you may be interested in the Backyard Woods Program!

The Backyard Woods Program is an online course targeted at teaching homeowners with 25 acres or less about their woods and how they can be caretakers of it! Whether you own 2 acres or 20 acres, this program will help you make the most out of the woods in your backyard!

Course Details:

  • The online course starts Sept. 24 and runs through Nov. 3.
  • Participants will also be invited to an in-person Backyard Woods field walk (TBD).
  • This course is composed of 4 online sections. Each section has videos, webinars, and activities aimed at helping you develop a stewardship action plan with a project schedule.

Self-Paced: This online course is self-paced and all activities are to be completed on your own schedule during the course, with the exception of the live webinars and in-person walks.  The course schedule is intended to keep you on track to complete the course in 6 weeks. This flexibility allows you to complete all activities and watch videos when you have time each week. You can expect to spend 1.5-3 hours each week on the course.

Registration:  The course costs $30 per family, before September 16, or $40 (on September 17 or afterwards). Learn more and register at

Questions? Contact Gwen at or 802-651-8343.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Gwen Kozlowski,, at 802-651-8343 or 1-800-571-0668, bySeptember 3, 2018, so we may assist you.

GWEN KOZLOWSKI Outreach & Education Coordinator
VT Urban & Community Forestry Program
UVM Extension
802-651 -8343, Ext 506 │

2018 Master Composter Course: Registration is Open!

2018 Master Composter Course: Registration is Open!

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful Vermont summer we are having! We are announcing that registration is now open for the 2018 Master Composter Course! This course is provided in collaboration with the Agency of Natural Resources through grant funding, and the self-funded UVM Extension Master Gardener Program. Please see the details below where you will find the link to the course registration website.

With Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) ban of disposal of food scraps in landfills by 2020, courses such as this play an important role in educating communities on the need for composting. In fact, one of the class lectures is specific to learning more about this law.

Best regards, Lisa

September 13-Nov. 9
Thursdays 6-7pm
Registration Deadline
: September 12th
Fee: $50 In state, $150 out of state

100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting, *One optional hands- on session will also be offered on a Saturday in each region of the state

Online Course: Pre-recorded Lectures, Live Q&A sessions, Homework, Final Exam, & 10 hrs. of hands-on volunteering in your area=Certified Vermont Master Composter Volunteer

Course-Only Option: No volunteer service required and receive a Vermont Certificate of Home Composting

Anyone requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate should contact the Master Gardener Program office by August 22 – 802-656-9562 –


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