San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with San Juan College, offers a series of Backyard Conservation Workshops designed to bring conservation practices from farms and ranches to your backyard. The same practices that farmers and ranchers use to help them meet their production goals and protect soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources can be applied by you, the homeowner, to bring beauty and diversity to your yard—regardless if your yard is measured in acres, feet, or flower pots.

This series of workshops can be taken individually for $10 each. Each class is 9 am-noon, Saturdays, in San Juan College room 1925. Plan for both indoor and outdoor class time. Class size is limited to 25 participants, so register early. Register through San Juan College Community Learning Center. (Participants must be registered and attend to receive free materials). If you would like to access the presentation or handout materials from a past workshop, select the course below. If you would like to access the materials on a specific topic, see our Resources page.

Current Season Workshops:

D1. Advanced Tree Planting and Care (free trees): 1/25/20
D2. Advanced Soil Health (free soil test): 2/29/20
D3. Water-Smart Landscaping and Rainwater Harvesting (free rain barrel): 3/28/20 – POSTPONED
D4. Managing Wildlife and Attracting Pollinators (free cover crop & pollinator homes): 4/25/20
D5. Managing Invasive Weeds (free pollinator plants/seeds): 5/30/20
D6. Seed Harvesting and Storage (free materials TBD): 6/6/20

Past Season Workshops:

5. Xeriscaping vs. Zero-scaping and Rainwater Harvesting: 10/12/19

Resources by Topic:

Managing Invasive Weeds

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