Woodland Stewards offers a variety of educational programs across the state for woodland owners and those interested in learning more about the forests of Ohio. Some classes are designed to help a woodland owner form a solid foundation for their future woodland education (Name That Tree) while others build on the basics to provide more in depth coverage of specific topics (Improving Your Forest) or deal with new and/or emerging topics such as Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle.

* Please note: While a minimum of 20 participants per class is required, class sizes may be limited due to the host facility and at the instructors request. Be sure to sign up early to get your spot!

Upcoming Classes

  1. Jul 12, 2024, 8:15am - 4:00pm

    If you are familiar with our annual March conference Ohio Woodland, Water and Wildlife then you will want to check out this summer version.  Join us for this hands on workshop on the Ohio State Mansfield Campus.  The sessions are 1.5 hours in length which allows for more detail as you explore different resources on the 640 acre campus.  See drones and chainsaws in action.  Go for walks to diagnose tree health issues, identify birds, bees and woody plants.  Interested in identifying and delineating vernal pools?  There is a session for you.  Add to this list sessions on propagating oyster mu
  2. Jul 15, 2024, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

    Spend the evening with OSU Extension’s Marne Titchenell and Carrie Brown as we discuss all things bats at the beautiful Coyote Run Nature Preserve in Fairfield County.  Learn the status of Ohio’s bats, how to provide habitat in forests and backyard spaces, and how researchers study bats! The evening will conclude with a walk around the preserve using equipment to listen in on bat echolocation calls. 
  3. Aug 20, 2024 - Dec 3, 2024, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Calling all woodland owners!  
  4. Aug 22, 2024, 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Identifying trees can be a challenging process, especially if you have a tree that you pass on a regular basis and always wonder what it is, or if you own a woodland and want to know exactly what trees you have. This one-day workshop is designed to give participants in-depth training and practice on identifying trees using leaves and other common characteristics. The class begins indoors with some introductory identification clues and samples that are used to work through a dichotomous key. The afternoon is spent outside practicing!
  5. Sep 30, 2024, 8:00am - 11:00pm

    The Ohio Woodland Health Practices for Service Providers online course provides an introductory training to managing small woodlands, assisting woodland property owners to meet their individual goals and improving woodland and ecosystem health.  This course is for green industry professionals - such as arborists and landscape architects - working on private properties of <10 acres. The training will focus on the why and how of addressing common woodland health issues.