KEEDYSVILLE — Registration is now open for the fall session of “The Woods in Your Backyard” online course offered by the University of Maryland Extension.

The self-paced, non-credit course runs 10 weeks from Sept. 4 to Nov. 19. The course will help landowners convert lawn to natural areas and enhance stewardship of existing natural areas, according to a news release.

The course provides strategies to landowners of small parcels of land — 1 to 10 acres — 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 per person, which includes the 108-page “Woods in Your Backyard” guide, a workbook and a tree identification guide.

The course is limited to 25 participants. Registration closes Sept. 9 or when the class is filled. Registration is through Eventbrite; go to wiyb_online_s7.eventbrite.com.

For more information, go to extension.umd.edu/woodland/woods-your-backyard/online-course or contact course coordinator Andrew Kling at akling1@umd.edu or 301-432-2767, ext. 307.

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