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Classes and Events

WSU Puget Sound Extension Forestry Classes and Events

We offer a variety of forestry education offerings throughout the year, including workshops, field tours, field days, and short courses.

Upcoming Events

Northwest WA Forest Stewardship Coached Planning courses

A forestry course for property owners

Our flagship course will teach you how to assess your trees, avoid insect and disease problems, attract wildlife, and take practical steps to keep your forest on track to provide enjoyment and even income for years to come. In this course you will develop your own Forest Stewardship Plan, which brings state recognition as a Stewardship Forest and eligibility for cost-share assistance, and may also qualify you for significant property tax reductions.

The Northwest WA course covers Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties. Courses are also offered for other areas of the state.

Upcoming Northwest WA Offerings:

  • Preston – Tuesdays starting September 6, 2022. Details coming soon.
  • Conway- Thursdays starting September 8, 2022. Details coming soon.

Carbon Opportunities for Forest Owners Virtual Symposium – starting June 9, 2022

Carbon credit markets have been around for years, but there have been few opportunities for people with small forest ownerships to participate. New market opportunities are emerging, though, which may finally make forest carbon payments for local small forest landowners a reality. We will also talk about management strategies for carbon sequestration both in the forest and through generating long-lived wood products. While part of the focus of the symposium will be King County, much of the content of this symposium will be applicable region-wide. Carbon Opportunities for Forest Owners details and registration

Field Days and Tours

San Juan Island Field Tour at Mount Grant Preserve – June 15, 2022

Join us for a late afternoon walk at Mount Grant Preserve, where we’ll see rocky balds, savanna woodlands, and mixed forest habitats. We’ll discuss what these unique habitats are telling us about land use history, and what future management is needed to support these assemblages. Details and registration for the San Juan Island Field Tour.

Vashon Forest Owners’ Field Day – August 27, 2022

WSU Extension is presenting the 2022 Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day to help you learn about Puget Sound forests, restore healthy forest conditions, and achieve your goals for your property. The Field day will feature different outdoor workshops specifically for people with forested property in the Puget Sound region.
Learn about current forest health issues, drought and climate impacts, fire risk reduction, wildlife, and much more in an out-in-the-woods setting with local experts. The Field Day will be followed by a bring-your-own picnic dinner, and then a Twilight Forest Tour hosted by King County Conservation District.
Details and registration for the Vashon Field Day.


Take an hour to learn something new about your forest!

Join us for live webinars on various forest stewardship topics. The webinars are free, but preregistration is required. Each webinar is offered twice. If you are interested in a webinar but will be unable to attend, please register anyway so that you can receive a link to the recording.

Upcoming offerings

Introduction to Bigleaf Maple Sugaring – July 27, 2022

Did you know you can make maple syrup from our native bigleaf maple? In this introductory webinar for beginners, we will explain the basics of bigleaf maple syrup production at the hobbyist scale, including equipment needed, weather and site conditions, tapping and sap collection, and boiling off the water and finishing the syrup. This webinar is free, but pre-registration is required.
Maple syrup webinar details and registration


Extension programs are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact WSU Extension Forestry at or 425-231-4524 at least two weeks prior to the event.