Backyard Woods Program

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

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

Then you may be interested in the  Backyard Woods Program.


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 matters, 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.

Next Course Offering

  • The online course will begin the week of September 18 and run through the week of October 23.
  • Participants will also be invited to a Backyard Woods Field Day (TBD).
  • This course is composed of 4 online modules.
    • Each module has videos, webinars and activities.
    • Modules will be made available and you will complete all of the associated activities on your own schedule for the duration of the course.

Questions? Contact Gwen at or 802-651-8343, ext 506.


The course costs $40, which includes a course manual, a tree identification book, and a hands-on session.

Early bird registration- $35 if you register by September 1.

Register here

Scholarships are available.  To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, please register by Sept. 1. Please email Gwen for more details at

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).