The Woods In Your Backyard Train the Trainers Workshop registration has been extended until March 4.

LogoThere is no cost for this workshop.

The Woods In Your Backyard (WIYB) Partnership is offering a free Train The Trainers workshop in Hagerstown, Maryland on March 22-23, 2022. The Partnership is seeking representatives of organizations that can utilize the printed publications, experience, and resources to offer educational outreach opportunities for landowners, professionals and others interested in implementing sustainable practices for woodland, wildlife, water quality, and recreation on small acreage properties. The workshop focuses on natural area management and provides assistance and incentives for participants to implement future Woods In Your Backyard programs by their organizations.

The Woods In Your Backyard (WIYB) program was created in 2006 to teach small acreage woodland owners (1-9 acres) how to create and enhance woodland habitats that provide sustainable outcomes for wildlife, water quality, recreation, and woodland health. The program has blossomed into the WIYB Partnership composed of Extension forestry organizations from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, Alliance for the Chesapeake, and state forestry agencies from Virginia and Maryland.

The onsite costs of the workshop (lodging and food) will be offered at no cost to participants. Attendees will have to pay for their travel to and from the hotel in Hagerstown, MD. In return the participants will be trained by Partnership members that are experienced in how to use the available resources effectively, educational outreach options, and how to evaluate clientele learning. Before leaving the workshop, participants will work with others to develop an effective outreach plan for a follow-up event. The workshop will provide printed Woods In Your Backyard Guides or Woodland Health Practices Handbooks for use by participants in their planned events. The Woods in Your Backyard printed and digital resources are available at: (click on the Woods In Your Backyard link). Resources include: 1) The Woods in Your Backyard 2nd edition book; 2) WIYB Self-Assessment Guide and Workbook; 3) Woodland Health Assessment Checklist; 4) Woodland Health Practices Handbook; 5) Service provider’s directory; and 6) Videos and other digital resources

Registration information and a full agenda is available at: . Please register by March 4. Registration is limited and not all who apply may be able to attend. Workshop organizers will review all applications and approve attendance by March 7. All applicants will be notified regarding their selection status.

For questions about the workshop program contact Jonathan Kays, Forestry Extension Specialist, University of Maryland Extension,, or call 301-432-2767 x323. For questions about registration contact Pam Thomas,, or call 301-432-2767 x315.

Jonathan S. Kays, Forestry Specialist
University of Maryland Extension
Western MD Research & Education Center
18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756
Phone: 301-432-2767 x323


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