Backyard Woods Program

Do you own less than 25 acres and are interested in learning more about your woods?

Do you want to become a more active steward of your woods?

Then the Backyard Woods Program might be what you are looking for!

The Vermont Backyard Woods Program is a six-week online program that, using a combination of video's, webinars, discussion forums, and weekly activities, explores the following themes: An Introduction to Your Backyard and Beyond; Getting to Know Your Woods; Backyard Woods Projects; Developing a Backyard Woods Action Plan.

By the end of the program participants will:

  • Understand why their backyard woods matter, the benefits it provides, and how it contributes to Vermont’s forest landscape.
  • Identify natural history and cultural features in their backyard woods.
  • Identify and rank stewardship goals and objectives for their property.
  • Develop a stewardship action plan with a project schedule and plan for implementing stewardship activities.
  • Increase awareness and connection to resources and organizations available to assist landowners in post-course activities.

Fall 2018 Course

About the Course

  • The Backyard Woods Program is designed for homeowners who own between 5 and 25 acres.
  • This course is hosted online and is composed of 4 sections. Each section has videos and activities that are to be completed on your own schedule.
  • Two live webinars offer participants a chance to ask questions in real time, and recordings will be made available afterwards.
  • Additionally, participants will be invited to in-person field walks.
  • Check out the Backyard Woods Program topics here.

Schedule & Times

September 24 - November 3

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 & 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.

Live webinars

  • Sept. 24, 5pm, Forest Ecology with Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester, VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation
  • October 24, 5pm, Stewardship Projects with Keith Thompson Stewardship Program Manager with VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation

Field Walks

  • October 13, 9am-12pm, Craftsbury, TBD
  • October 20, 9-12pm, Westford Town Forest
  • October 20, 9-12pm, Woodstock, Marsh Billings Rockefeller Historical Park
  • November 3, 9am-12pm, Franklin County, TBD


The course costs $30 per family, before September 16, or $40 (on September 17 or afterwards).

Register here!


Gwen Kozlowski, or 802-651-8343, ext 506.

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

The Vermont Backyard Woods Program is a collaborative effort between UVM Extension, VT Department Forests, Parks and Recreation, Vermont Fish and Wildlife, Vermont Woodlands Association, VT Coverts, and VT Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).