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Backyard Conservation

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It's Free! It's Fun! It's Educational.

For more information contact Carla Glassman: 
(360) 428-4313 or email:

Wood Pencil and Notebook

The Backyard Conservation classes will be back in 2023.

Many of the 2022 classes were recorded and can be viewed by clicking the links below. 

Handouts and reference materials are also available to view or download by clicking the links.

All land on earth is a watershed, connecting all our backyards together. Our activities affect our health, the health of our homes, and everything around us. Hear from experts and on the topics of “rainwise” gardening, Native plants, landscaping for wildlife, Integrated Pest Management, Invasive Weeds, Composting, and more..
Participants will learn the principles of how to make your home a place of beauty that benefits humans, animals, watersheds, and the environment starting in your own backyard.

The Backyard Conservation Short Course is an annual six week program offered by the Skagit CD each spring featuring Valuable Tips For: 

Native Plant Landscaping, Environmentally Friendly Garden Practices, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Attracting Birds to Your Backyard, Composting, Bees as Pollinators, Building Healthy Soils, Managing Invasive Plants, Gardening for Wildlife, Introduction to Low Impact Development/Rain Gardens, and MORE! 

Training provided by local experts! Participants learn the principles of how to create beautiful landscapes that benefit humans, animals, stream health and the backyard at a time!

This program is held in partnership with the City of Mount Vernon, City of Sedro-Woolley, City of 
Anacortes, City of Burlington, and Skagit County 

Natural Yard Care Fact Sheets
Click on each link to learn about

the 5 steps to natural yard care:

1. Build Healthy Soil

2. Plant Right for your Site

3. Practice Smart Watering

4. Think Twice Before Using Pesticides

5. Practice Natural Lawn Care

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