Rural Living Events - 2018

Barnyards & Backyards

Events Listing


Private Pesticide Applicator Training ~ Lovell

January 30, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lovell, WY
For more information visit or contact UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman  at 309-754-8836

Private Pesticide Applicator Training ~ Cody

January 31, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Park County Library Grizzly Room
1500 Heart Mountain St
Cody, WY

For more information visit or contact UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman  at 309-754-8836

Back Country Horse Care

February 6, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NWC Trapper Arena
Hwy 14A
Cody, WY

The workshop is tailored to outfitters, dude ranches, backcountry horse enthusiasts, hunters or anyone who spends time on horseback in remote places. Dr. Karl Hoopes, DVM, of Utah State University will present on common problems in the mountains, discussing topics ranging from saddle sores to colic. There will be a live demonstration of equine dental care and a presentation on dental care and nutrition for working and idle horses. UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman will end the workshop discussing proper hoof care.

Reservations are requested by Thursday, Feb. 1, by calling UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman  at 309-754-8836

Thursdays off the Ranch

February 8, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Converse County Library
300 East Walnut St
Douglas, WY

Did you know that the world’s top business people find 1 hour in their day to learn?  They then apply what they learned to their business to increase profit and income.

Join UW Extension for 1 hour of learning at Thursdays off the Ranch in 2018.  Each session will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30-7:00 pm at the Converse County Library in Douglas. Also featuring the Little Naturalist: a youth program for younger participants.

Cost:  $10 for adults; $5 for 4-H/FFA youth or students; Children under 8 are FREE.

Grazing Cheatgrass

Targeted grazing can be used to suppress cheatgrass.  Grazing can help reduce yield, density, seed production, and mulch accumulations, which can favor perennial grass species.  This session will address timing and duration of grazing that will help suppress cheatgrass while not damaging desirable species.  Companion methods to grazing for cheatgrass control will also be addressed.

Youth program:  Do you want to build a snowflake?

Please RSVP to or 358-2417 by February 5.  Snacks will be served!

High Plains Seed Library Work Day
February 10, 2018
9 am to 11 am
Albany County Public Library
310 S. 8th Street
Laramie, WY

We need your help! We are working hard to get the new seed donations packaged and into the library. We want to get the new varieties added so they can be checked out for the next growing season!
More info at

Private Pesticide Applicator Training ~ Greybull
February 12, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Big Horn County Extension
4782 U.S. 310
Greybull, WY
For more information call the Big Horn County Extension office at 307-765-2868 or contact UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman  at 309-754-8836

Private Pesticide Applicator Training ~ Powell
February 20, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Park County Fairgrounds
655 E 5th St.
Powell, WY

For more information visit or contact UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman  at 309-754-8836

High Plains Gardening Lecture Series
Ruthless Gardening: Tough Love for Better Gardens

February 24, 2018
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
710 S. Lions Park Dr.
Cheyenne, WY

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the University of Wyoming Laramie County Master Gardeners present this lecture series again, but in a new location, the CBGs’ Grand Conservatory.

Lectures are at 1 p.m. and are $15 each. Purchase tickets at the Tilted Tulip, CBG’s new gift shop, Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., or call 307-637-6458.

 Feb. 24 – Ruthless Gardening: Tough Love for Better Gardens, Shane Smith, CBG director.
 March 24 – Crevice Gardens, Kenton Seth.

For more information contact the Laramie Co. University of WY Extension office at 307-633-4383


5th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference

February 27 - February 28, 2018
Laramie County Community College
1400 East College
Cheyenne, WY
The first day features a one-half day workshop starting at noon on the certification process and technical/financial assistance programs for transition to organic production.

The second is an all-day conference featuring producers, researchers, and educators from Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming speaking within three themes: dryland cropping systems, intensive irrigated vegetable production, and livestock production systems.

$35 registration fee for one day, $50 for both days.
More information and registration at or contact Jay Norton, UW Extension Specialist (307) 766-5082

Thursdays off the Ranch - Drought Preparedness

March 8, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Converse County Library
300 East Walnut St
Douglas, WY

Drought can affect land in many ways.  The rangeland’s condition before drought, grazing pressures during drought, and recovery periods after drought can be managed in such a way to ensure the sustainability of the land through drought conditions.  Drought is inevitable but being proactive and planning for drought is easy.  This session will walk you through the steps to planning for and responding to drought conditions.

Youth program:  Birds of a feather

Cost:  $10 for adults; $5 for 4-H/FFA youth or students; Children under 8 are FREE. Please RSVP to or 358-2417 by March 5.  Snacks will be served!


2018 Beef Symposium

March 9, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Weston County Natural Resource District
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

We have lined up some great speakers! This is open to anyone who wants to come for a full day geared towards Wyoming’s number one product produced, BEEF!! Join WCNRD and UW Weston Extension at this no cost symposium in celebration of Ag

Appreciation! All we ask is that you RSVP!

RSVP by March 5th for LUNCH by giving us a call 746-3264 ext 111

Topics include:

  • Strategies for Managing Cow Depreciation
  • AG Statistics: Why you as a Farmer/Rancher Matter!
  • FSA,NRCS, and LOCAL FUNDING opportunities for you!
  • Cattle Handling with Demonstration
  • Benefits of Beef Cattle A.I with Demonstration
  • SPECIAL PRESENTATION: during lunch by WY L.E.A.D Class 15

Soil Health Workshop

March 10, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Park County Courthouse EOC Room
1002 Sheridan Ave
Cody, WY

This event has been broken down into two sessions:
 9 am -12  Morning session   (for home gardeners and landscape managers)
 1-5 pm  Afternoon session (for Producers and Ranchers)

Will have an outdoor segment weather permitting

In the morning session we will look at different methods of improving soil health for the home gardener and landscape managers.

Topics will include understanding soil makeup, small scale composting, tillage, and best maintenance practices for lawns, perennials, shrubs and trees.

The afternoon will include understanding soil makeup, cover crops, what choices are there available for cover crops, tools for analyzing soil health, best maintenance practices for range land and weather permitting we will go out and look at some soils.

There is no cost to attend. For more information contact UW Extension Park County office 307-527-8560


Private Pesticide Applicator Training

March 12, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Agricultural Resource & Learning Center
2011 Fairgrounds Road
Casper, WY

Need to renew your license? Attend the 2018 Private Pesticide Applicator Training for important safety information.

Hosted by U.W. Extension and Natrona County Weed and Pest.

For further information or to RSVP call the UW Extension ARLC at 307-235-9400.

UW Entomology Short Course
March 13-15, 2017
University of Wyoming Campus
Laramie, WY

A great multi-day course for anyone who wants to learn more about insects. Held at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Covers insect ID, control and a wide variety of other subjects.

For more information contact Scott Schell, UW-Extension, Ecosystem Science and Management – Entomology at 307-766-2508 or

Wyoming Bee University and Bee College Conference

March 16 - March 18, 2018
Laramie County Community College-Pathfinder Building
1400 E. College Dr. 
Cheyenne, WY

One to three day event (depending what you choose – go to the Bee University or College or both) See https://2018wybeeuniversitybeecollege.eventbrite.comfor Agenda and Registration.

Curious about honeybees, beekeeping, improving your current beekeeping skills or gardening for bees? Open to everyone concerned about the welfare of honeybees or native bees. Bee University includes 4 all day workshops on some aspect of bees, they are; Apitherapy, Mead, Advanced Beekeeping and raising Queen Bees.  The Bee College offers five (5) tracks on day one and four (4) tracks on the second day.

Cost ranges depending on which events you attend.

Contact Catherine Wissner at Laramie County UW Extension for more information 307-633-4383.


Habitat Hero program
March 17, 2018
Laramie County Community College
1400 East College
Cheyenne, WY

Cost is $25, includes lunch, snacks and beverages.

Contact Catherine Wissner at Laramie County UW Extension for more information (including time of event) 307-633-4383.


Impacts of Drought Workshop

March 19, 2018
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
George Amos Building
Cottonwood Rm
412 S. Gillette Ave
Gillette, Wy

Topics will include:

Economic Impact of Drought : John Ritten, Associate Professor with AG & Applied Econ. The droughts effect on stocking ratios, feeding practices, and economic practices.

Animal Response to Range : Steve Paisley, Extension Beef Specialist. Management & nutritional strategies you & your livestock can use to reduce forage needs during a drought while still maintaining high levels of performance

Native Range Response : Blaine Horn, Extension Educator. Drought’s impact to range and the basics   of grass growth and timing in regards to precipitation

RSVP to the Campbell County UW Extension Office by March 12th, 307-682-7281

Healthy Rivers Watershed Forum

March 22 @ 5:30 pm - March 23 @ 4:00 pm
Lander Community and Convention Center
950 Buena Vista Dr
Lander, WY

Keynote Speaker: Bob Budd, WWNRT. Heavy Appetizers Free of Charge and Cash Bar (please preregister at;

March 23, 2018

Friday features Watershed Forum concurrent sessions addressing today’s challenges and opportunities with water. You’ll learn about funding opportunities, water conservation and irrigation efficiency, micro-storage potential, recreational use, and so much more…

For more information or to RSVP, go to or call Kelsey Beck at Popo Agie Conservation District 307-332-3114 or email


Central WY Home Builders Assoc.’s Home and Garden Show

March 23 @ 10:00 am - March 25 @ 5:00 pm
Casper Events Center
1 Events Dr
Casper, WY
Come visit the Natrona County Weed and Pest's booth and others! 

Gardening for Pollinators Workshop
Berry Biodiversity Center Auditorium
University of WY
10th and Lewis St
Laramie, WY

March 24, 2018
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Want to attract more pollinators to your place?

Just want more flowers in your life?

Whether you’re new to gardening or an old hand, this workshop will provide you with a wealth of information for selecting and growing flowering plants that will make your yard pop and give pollinators a helping hand.

RSVP at or UW Extension 307-721-2571

Learn about:
•Pollinators in our area
•How to plan a garden with plants blooming from spring to fall
•Flowering plants (including trees and shrubs) that like to grow in Laramie
•Tips for seeding areas with flowers
•Updates on the latest pollinator research at UW

Visit with:
•Laramie Garden Club members – chat with them about plants you might be thinking about growing for pollinators
•Laramie Rivers Conservation District – talk to them about how to incorporate herbs and other edible flowers to promote

pollinators in your veggie garden, also ask them about their cost-share programs
•High Plains Seed Library – visit with them about their seed program and get free flower seed!
•Wyoming Natural Diversity Database/ UW research grad students – visit with them about the types of pollinators in WY and the latest research

For more information contact Brian Sebade, UW Extension Educator, Albany County Extension office at 307-721-2571

High Plains Gardening Lecture Series
Crevice Gardens

March 24, 2018
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens
710 S. Lions Park Dr.
Cheyenne, WY

The Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the University of Wyoming Laramie County Master Gardeners present this lecture series again, but in a new location, the CBGs’ Grand Conservatory.

Lectures are at 1 p.m. and are $15 each. Purchase tickets at the Tilted Tulip, CBG’s new gift shop, Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., or call 307-637-6458.

 March 24 – Crevice Gardens, Kenton Seth.

For more information contact the Laramie Co. University of WY Extension office at 307-633-4383


Vegetable Gardening on a Limited Budget Workshop

March 29, 2018
6:00 pm
Platte County 4-H Building
57 Antelope Gap Rd.
Wheatland, WY
Platte Counties’ Cent$ible Nutrition Educator and the Platte County UW Extension Master Gardeners will be hosting a 2 ½ hour workshop for those interested in learning about vegetable gardening on a limited budget.

Subjects to be covered are soil preparation, container gardens, growing vegetables in small spaces and starting seeds.   If you are someone who is living on a limited budget or just want to learn how to grow produce without the high price tag, this class is for you.

Call the Platte County Extension office, 322-3667, to preregister for this class, or register at the door.  There is no cost for this workshop.


Cheatgrass Education: Local Update and New Research
April 3 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm    
Sublette County Weed and Pest 
12 S. Bench Rd.
Pinedale, WY

Local update and emerging research on cheatgrass control. RSVP to Glenn Owings, West Area Range Educator at or 307-367-4380. Free lunch provided if you RSVP!

For more information contact UW Extension Educator Glenn Owings at 307-367-4380.

Tree Care, Pruning, & Grafting Workshop

April 6, 2018
(RSVP by April 4th)
3 p.m.
Will meet in Crook Courthouse Community Room
309 Cleveland Street
Sundance, WY

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit a Northeast Wyoming fruit orchard and learn about basic tree care, pruning, and grafting techniques. Bring your own grafting knife if you want to participate in hands-on demo. Refreshments will be provided.

Call the University of Wyoming Extension Crook County office at (307) 283-1192 to RSVP and ask questions!

Rural Living/Garden Expo

April 7, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bomber Mtn Civic Center
Buffalo, WY

Free workshop sessions led by experts from University of WY Extension, WY State Forestry and more on:

  • Pests & Pollinators
  • Garden & Landscape Irrigation
  • Soil Management for Gardeners
  • Pasture & Grazing Management
  • Soil Management on Small Acres
  • Irrigation for Small Acreages
  • Tree Care
  • Water Wise Landscapes
  • Plants for Pollinators

RSVP to get a lunch provided by the Clear Creek Conservation District. 

Please see for more information or contact Amanda at or 307-684-2526 x3002!

Grazing Permit Renewal Workshop
April 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  
Valley Community Center 
255 Osborne St.
Baggs, WY

This program is targeted toward permittees and ranch managers interested in learning more about the grazing permit renewal process on federal allotments. The experienced line-up of speakers will include the Wyoming and Colorado Departments of Agriculture, UW Extension, USFS and BLM personnel, local ranchers, and others. 

Please contact Glenn Owings, UW Extension West Area Range Educator at or 307-367-4380 to RSVP. There is no cost to attend but an RSVP is required for lunch.

Gardening for Success 2018
April 14 @ 7:00 am - April 15 @ 3:15 pm    
Laramie County Community College-Pathfinder Building 
1400 E. College Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 

Cost: $125.00

The Laramie County Master Gardener and the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Extension office, the State Master Gardener Association and the Wyoming Farmers Market Association are pleased to host a two day multi track Gardening Conference to challenge, inspire, motivate and take you to the next level of gardening success.

Visit the website for topics, registration, etc.     

Cost includes lunches, dinner, beverages and snacks.  

Contact UW Extension Educator Catherine Wissner for more information at    307-633-4383 

The Garden Expo – Backyards & Outdoor Living
April 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm    
Lander Valley High School
350 Baldwin Creek Rd.
Lander, WY

The Garden Expo is a free family-friendly event that has two main components: educational workshops and a tradeshow. The event draws an average of 1500 people. You’ll want to check out the petting zoo of barnyard animals, food concessionaires, and the Kid’s Corner.  Keynote speaker this year will be speaking about soil health.

Topics include:

  • Growing Grapes in Wyoming
  • Bird Watching
  • Managing Weeds Around Backyards & Barnyards
  • Planting Perennials for Pollinators
  • Keynote Speaker topic: Soils
  • Caring For Young Trees
  • Marketing Your Farmer's Market Business
  • Growing Vegetables in WY
  • Cover Crops in the Vegetable Garden

For more information contact Popo Agie Conservation District at (307) 332-3114 or University of WY Extension at (307) 332-2363 

Sheep Production Workshop
April 19, 2018
1-4:30 pm
Wright Community Center 
201 Wright Blvd 
Wright, WY 82732
Call the University of Wyoming Extension Crook County office at (307) 283-1192 to RSVP (by April 16th)

Topics include managing internal and external parasites, matching sheep nutritional requirements to range resources, trace mineral supplementation, sheep market outlook, and hands-on demonstrations of body condition scoring, mouthing, and bagging.

We're going "Back to the Earth!!"
Natrona Co.Spring Gardening Conference 2018
April 21, 2018, 8-3:30
@ the ARLC/UW Extension Building
2011 Fairgrounds Rd 
Casper, Wyoming 82604

Join us for an array of speakers who’ll get you digging in the dirt and turning your suburban backyard into a rain harvesting, bee buzzing, food producing mini homestead. 
You’ll enjoy a light continental breakfast and a delicious catered lunch while being informed and entertained! 

8:30 - 8:40am...Announcements
8:40 - 9:40am... HUDSON Hill "Backyard Composting, Raising Chickens"
9:40 - 10:00am...Break
10:00 - 10:50am...ERNIE SCHIERWAGEN "Growinq Veqetables in the Wild West"     
10:50 - 11:10am...Break
11:10am - 12:00pm...DERYN DAVIDSON "Activate Your Landscape with Rainharvestinq"
12:00 - 1:15pm...Lunch    Giveaways
1:15 - 2:15pm...JEff EDWARDS "Small fruit Plantinq, Care, and Production in the  Western Hiqh Plains"
2:15 - 2:30pm...Break
2:30 - 3:20pm...JENNY THOMPSON "Buzz, buzz, buzz! Landscapinq for's the bees knees!"
3:20 - 3:30pm... Final announcements    

Reserve your spot today! Just $50 for early birds. Need more info? Call University of WY Extension at 307.235.9400

Laramie Local Foods Gathering

May 5, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
Whiting High School
801 South 24th Street
Laramie, WY 82070

We will have a total of 12 workshops in three different tracks, Local Food, Community, and Sustainability.

The workshops include:

  • Container Vegetable Gardens - Brian Sebade, UW Extension
  • Tomato Grafting - Lisa Cox
  • Cheesemaking - Amanda Dougherty, Itipaw Sagebrush Ranch
  • Beneficial Insects in Laramie Yards and Gardens - Scott Schell, UW Extension
  • Microbiology of Soil and Composting - Pete Stahl, UW Associate Professor 
  • The Community on the Farm - Matt Sigel, Black Market Farm
  • Look, Feel, Smell (Soil Quality) - Larry Munn, Retired UW Professor
  • Lawn Alternatives, Beyond Bluegrass - Chris Hilgert, UW Extension
  • Zero Waste Kitchen - Jane Thelen-Wade

$15.00  Register at

Registration at the door is available but pre-registering guarantees lunch!


Converse County Sheep Production Workshop
May 10 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Glenrock Wyoming Library
506 4th Street 
Glenrock, WY 

Join UW Extension and Converse County Conservation District for the Converse County Sheep Production Workshop.

Workshop will be held at the Glenrock Wyoming Library on May 10, 2018, starting at 9:00 am.

Topics of discussion include: Body Condition Scoring, Nutritional Management, Trace Minerals, Poisonous Plants, Fleece Evaluations, Grazing Management, Guard Dogs for Predator Management, and Internal and External Parasites.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Scott Cotton at 307-235-9400 or .

A FREE lunch will be provided.

Master Gardener Plant Sale and Spring Fest
May 12, 2018
Archer Business Park
Cheyenne, WY

Locally adapted plants for sale from vegetable gardens to butterfly habitat, mini gardening lecture series, vendors, activities and lunch available.

Contact or Catherine at for more information.

Soil Health Workshop
May 12, 2018
9 am to 5 pm
Crook County Natural Resource District
117 S 21st St 
Sundance, WY

Scheduled Speakers:

Keith Berns, Owner of Green Cover Seed
Marlon Winger, NRCS Soil Health Specialist
More to be scheduled…

Tours: Select the tour that you would like to attend
Cycle Farm: Large/quality garden incorporating cover crops
Floyd Canfield’s Cover Crop Study Plots show casing different seed mixes in Sundance
Made possible by the Barnyards & Backyards grant. 

Contact Crook County Natural Resource District for more information (307) 283-2870

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WY Resources & Regulations for Specialty Crop Producers Workshop
May 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm    
UW Extension office
2011 Fairgrounds Road
Casper, WY

We’ll release the “WY Resource and Regulatory Guide for Specialty Crop Producers” in a workshop on May 15th in Casper! There will be speakers and activities that will help you better understand the regulations relevant to farm and food businesses in the state, with a focus on small scale and direct-to-consumer sales. You’ll see information on specific food products as well as jurisdiction. Linda Stratton of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and Cole Ehmke, the author of the Guide, will be there to discuss and answer questions.
This will be interesting to Specialty Crop Growers, Local Food Distributors & Marketers, Economic Developers, Food Processers and Agriculture Educators
The event is free, but please register for a lunch count. Register at the Lovell Inc website:

Trash To Treasure – Composting Workshop
May 17 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheridan Co Fulmer Public Library – Inner Circle
335 W Alger St 
Sheridan, WY

Pre-register by May 15th and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a YIMBY Tumbling Composter from the Home Depot! Must be present to win.

The first 25 to pre-register will also receive a copy of the Promoting Pollinators On Your Place Guide.

Please visit to register

5:30-5:35 Welcome and Introductions
5:35-5:50 Composting Basics- The Process and the Science
5:50-6:05 Composting Methods- Food Scraps, Yardwaste, Vermicomposting, and Livestock Manure
David Schellinger, WDEQ Natural Resource Analyst, Previous Research Associate and Compost Operator Trainer at Louisiana State University Agriculture Center and W.A. Callegari Environmental Center

6:05-6:35 Composting Applications- Vegetable Gardens, Flowerbeds, Lawns, Pastures and Hayfields
6:35-7:05 Composting Considerations- Herbicide Residue, Biosolids/Humanure, and Livestock Mortalities
Caitlin Youngquist, University of Wyoming Extension NW Area Educator

Local Composting Programs
7:05-7:20 Shawn Stevens, City of Sheridan Landfill Supervisor
7:20-7:35 Donald Legerski, Freshstart Landscape and Garden Services LLC Owner
7:35-7:50 Mark Bede, High Land Inc. Commericial Landscaping Business Owner
7:50-8 Q & A

Plant Identification & Geology Walk AND Discover Native Plants Workshop
May 19, 2018

Plant walk – 9:00 to 11:30 AM (no cost)
State parcel east of Laramie, WY
(starting point will be E Crow Drive and 45th Street)

Discover Native Plants Workshop
1:00 to 4:00 PM ($20 materials fee)
Aven Nelson building at University of WY

Sign up for either event or both!
• The Plant Walk
• Discover Native Plants Workshop

If you are joining the morning plant walk, please come prepared for moderate hiking and Laramie’s unpredictable weather. We’ll identify common plants growing & blooming in the area in late spring and also discuss a little geology. Due to limited parking, carpooling is encouraged. RSVP required.

The afternoon workshop will meet at the Aven Nelson building on the University of WY campus at 1:00 PM in room 223 (elevator and stair access). Workshop participants will receive a plant guide and materials to learn plant identification skills and botanical terminology with expert botanists. Participants will have the opportunity to practice plant ID for up to 15 species, and door prizes will be available. Workshop attendance is limited to 24. The Aven Nelson building is located off 9th Street on campus.

Please contact Brian Sebade (721-2571; with questions about the plant walk and Kristina Hufford ( with questions about the workshop.

Space is limited – RSVP required! RSVP by visiting or call the UW Albany County Extension office at 307-721-2571

Small Acreage Workshop
May 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Washakie County Extension Meeting Room
1200 Culbertson Ave
Worland, WY

Join us for this fun, hands-on workshop! We will talk about soil health, water law, irrigation, weed control, forage production, and more. 

This event is free and includes lunch. Please call Washakie County UW Extension Office 347-3431 to register, space is limited.

Central Wyoming Tree Care Workshop
May 30, 2018
Agriculture Resources & Learning Center
2011 Fairgrounds Road
Casper, Wyoming

9:30 – 10:30 Welcome
Tree Grafting – Brian Sebade: University of Wyoming Extension Educator, South East Area
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 Proper Tree Selection and Design to Promote Diversity – Amy Seiler: Nebraska Forest Service
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – HQ BBQ
1:00 – 2:00 Detecting, Assessing, and Reporting Tree Pests - Scott Schell: University of Wyoming Extension Entomology Specialist
2:00 – 2:30 Break
2:30 – 3:30 Identifying and Correcting Root Defects in Young Trees – Amy Seiler: Nebraska Forest Service

Register by May 23, 2018.  Cost is $10. For more information or to register, visit us at 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.
or call 307.235.9400

Residential Wildfire Mitigation Clinic
June 9 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Big Laramie Valley Volunteer Fire Department Station 4
(akaMountain Home Fire Station, near Wyocolo and Mountain Home)
3987 WY-230
Laramie, WY 82070

Topics will include: forest health, building defensible space and fuel breaks around your property, financial and technical assistance programs.  Snack and refreshments provided.  This workshop will be divided into presentations followed by a short tour of the surrounding forest with examples of fire mitigation work.

Snacks and lunch will be provided. Space is limited. RSVP by calling the UW Albany County Extension office at 307-721-2571.

Sponsored by Wyoming State Forestry, University of WY Extension, and Laramie Rivers Conservation District

Discover Native Plants Workshop
June 15 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm    $25.00
34 Thomas the Apostle Road
Cody, WY

Join us June 15th in Cody, Wyoming for a one-day interactive program to learn more about native plants and their ecology. We will discuss the importance of native and introduced species, take an outdoor plant walk, and spend time learning to identify a subset of species relevant for both public and private land management.

Workshop participants will receive materials to improve their plant ID skills. No prior knowledge is necessary. Lunch will be provided.   Registration is $25.00. Details and tickets are available online:

Workshop is 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with registration beginning at 8:30 AM.  Tickets can be bought the day of the event with prior confirmation (give us a call to reserve a spot beforehand).  Questions?  Contact UW Extension horticulturalist Bobbie Holder  (307-527-8566)

Pilot Hill Plant Walk
June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
East of Laramie, WY

Join us as we walk and explore Wyoming native plants!

Summer will (almost) be busting out all over as we explore our fascinating native flora with plant experts. We’ll also keep our eyes peeled for any pollinators that may be out and about.

To get to the plant walk site from Laramie, you can take I80 to Hwy 210 (aka Happy Jack road), then turn left (north) onto Forest Service road 703 (turn off is on the opposite side of Hwy 210 from the Tie City trailhead area).   A short way up this road you will see the plant walk organizers and vehicles.  If you have gone a mile up FS road 703, you’ve gone too far.  Carpooling, if possible, would be appreciated.

Dress for the weather conditions.

Please register at  or by calling the Albany Co. UW Extension office at 307-721-2571

Sublette Co Spring EXPO 2018
June 16 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
1625 West Pine Street
Pinedale, WY

This is an educational opportunity that engages the community in the various interests we see active in and around our County. In addition to interactive vendor booths throughout the day, there will also be two, one-hour seminars covering “Irrigating on Small Acreages” and “All About Pollination”. Vendor booths that we hope to see again this year include; a farmers market, alternative energy, native garden plants, maple syrup, local honey and homemade soaps & lotions. We will once again host a kid’s activity corner as well.

For more information contact the Sublette County Conservation District at 307-367-2257

Grazing Management Field Day
June 16 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Amsden Creek Wildlife Habitat Management Area
Dayton, WY

An opportunity for ranchers and small acreage livestock and horse owners to learn about important rangeland plants of the area; how soils effect what grows; what harvest efficiency, Animal Unit Month (AUM) and Day (AUD) are; and, how to apply what you learn to manage grazing to maintain or improve pasture condition and better utilize your range forage resource. We’ll be outside with hands-on activities

We’ll meet in Dayton at 9:30 at the Scott Bicentennial Park (2 blocks south of Main on 2nd Ave.). Carpool to area if need be. Directions to Amsden Creek WHMA from Dayton: Tongue River Canyon Rd #92 to Amsden Creek Rd #90 (2.25 miles). Amsden Creek Rd to east gate (1.0 mile).

No fee to attend the field day but please register by June 13th by calling the Johnson County Extension Office (307) 684-7522 or by returning the registration form on the brochure.

Bottled water and pop provided but participants should bring a sack lunch. Restroom facilities available at the Tongue River Campground (≈ 2 miles from east Amsden Creek WHMA gate).

Brochure with agenda and registration form.

Field day presented by University of Wyoming Northeast Extension Area (Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan, and Weston Counties)

Jim Gerrish Grazing Workshop
June 22 @ 8:00 am - June 23 @ 4:30 pm
Afton Civic Center
150 S. Washington St
Afton, WY

Grazing Workshop.  See agenda at

RSVP by June 15th. Lunch included.

$50 Lincoln Co Resident
$100 Out of County

Hosted by Star Valley Conservation District and University of WY Extension.  To register or for more information contact Hudson Hill 307-885-3132 or Kay Lynn Nield at 307-885-7823

Garden Gait – Garden Tours
June 23 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Casper, WY

The Natrona County Master Gardeners will be hosting the 2018 Garden Gait Tour on June 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Tickets are available for $20.00 at Cadillac Cowgirl, Marvel Floral Art, Johnny Appleseed, Blue Ridge Coffee, Keefe's Flowers, Nate's Flowers and the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center.

For more information call University of WY Extension - ARLC at (307) 235-9400.

How-to Drip Irrigation Workshop
July 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Albany County Fairgrounds – Activities Building
3510 South 3rd Street 
Laramie, WY

Join UW Extension and Laramie Rivers Conservation District as we discuss how to properly install drip irrigation (for windbreaks and for gardens). We’ll then step outside and watch an installation take place. Participants will also learn how to know when and how much water to apply.

For more information contact UW Extension Educator, Brian Sebade at the Albany County UWE office at 307-721-2571

Cheatgrass Management & Research Field Day
July 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Habitat Management Area
2362 Hwy 34
Wheatland, WY
(Sybille Canyon, 24mi from US30, 26mi from I25)

Topics will include:

Bioherbicide for cheatgrass control
Esplanade for cheatgrass control
Use of UAVs (drones) in vegetation monitoring (live flight)
Effects of cheatgrass on soil moisture
Lunch will be provided

Please register before July 1st at: 

If you have questions contact Dr. Daniel Tekiela at (307) 766-3113


Southeast Wyoming Beekeepers Association monthly meetings
June 26 @ 6:00 pm
Laramie County Community College Pathfinder building – room 419 
Cheyenne, WY


  • Tuesday, June 26, beekeeping equipment you didn’t know you needed, Dr. David Lewis and others.
  • Tuesday, July 31, dealing with bees wax, being creative, Bruce Embry, Bruce’s Bees.
  • Tuesday, August 28, harvesting honey tips from professional beekeeper Terry Booth of Cheyenne Honey.

UW Laramie County Extension Horticulturist Catherine Wissner at for more information.

Sheep Worm Control Clinic
August 1 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm    
University of WY Research and Extension Center
1174 Snowy Range Road,
Laramie WY 82070

Got sheep? Yep! Then you’ve got worms!

Don’t miss this workshop! Dr. Whit Stewart, University of Wyoming Extension sheep specialist and Dave Scott, NCAT agriculture specialist and owner of Montana Highland Lamb, will teach you about combating Barber Pole worm, FAMACHA eye scoring, creating refugias, genetic selection, and grazing methods that help control parasites.

Who: Producers, 4H and FFA Leaders, Ag Extension Agents


  • Dealing with the Barber Pole Worm
  • FAMACHA Eye Scoring – Get your Card
  • Creating Refugias
  • Graze to Control

Where: University of WY Research and Extension Center 1174 Snowy Range Road, Laramie WY 82070

Cost: $25 (covers lunch and a FAMACHA scoring card to take home)

Register by calling: Dave Scott, (406) 533-6642 • 



Farm Tour Showcases Adding Value
August 1, 2018 
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Chugwater Rest Area on I25    

UW Extension is organizing a tour of Wheatland-area farms so that anyone interested can see how raw products are raised and sold to the end consumer.

To join the tour, meet at 9am at the Chugwater Rest Area on I25. From there the group will travel to the first stop, Baker Farms. Dennis and Terry Baker raise old varieties of wheat under USDA organic certification which are then harvested and milled on site for use in their own bakery and sold under the Prairie Pies label. We’ll learn about their progression from large scale commercial grains production to niche market producer. Terry’s pies will be available at lunch.

The second stop will be Eckhardt Farms in which Carol Eckhardt raises Shetland sheep for their fine fleeces, which she then processes into yarn and then into knitted goods. We’ll see a demonstration of her spinning and learn about her flock and marketing.

The final stop will be an unusual and highly productive high tunnel at Marker Farms. The Markers have a 9’ x 18’ modified-walipini used to produce vegetable and flower starts for themselves and for sale in the area. We’ll learn about the structure, how they use is and the things they’re using it for.

The tour will run from 9am to about 1pm. Participants should bring a lunch (but dessert will be provided). The tour is free and no registration is required, but it would be helpful if you let the Platte County Extension office know you are coming.

The tour is made possible, in part, through a project funded by the Wyoming Department of Agriculture through the USDA Specialty Crops program.

For more information about the tour contact LeRoy Jons at the Platte County Extension office at or (307) 322-3667.

Canning demonstration and canner lid testing
August 10, 2018
10:00 am
Laramie County Fair Grounds 
Archer, WY

For more information contact the Laramie County UW Extension office at (307) 633-4383

Chicken Processing Workshop
August 24, 2018
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Albany County Extension Office 
(at the Fairgrounds)
3520 S. 3rd Street, Suite A 
Laramie, WY

Attend this hands-on workshop to learn the best ways to process chickens.

Those interested in attending need to RSVP by calling the Albany County UW Extension office at 307-721-2571.

Southeast Wyoming Beekeepers Association monthly meetings
August 28, 2018
6:30 pm
Laramie County Community College-Pathfinder Building
room 419
1400 E. College Dr. 
Cheyenne, WY 

Topic: Harvesting honey tips from professional beekeeper Terry Booth of Cheyenne Honey.

For more information contact Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383 or


Wyoming Native Tree and Shrub Walk

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: Meet at the Happy Jack Trailhead on Pole Mountain (Directions below)

Join folks from UW and the Forest Service to learn how to identify common native trees and shrubs in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The group will also discuss forest health and ecology. For those who have attended before, we’ll also visit a second, nearby site to see new species this year!

Participants should expect light to moderate walking. Please bring your own food and water if desired, and dress for cool weather.

Directions: Note!  This is not the Tie City Trailhead! (where many park to hike or cross country ski) From Laramie, take Interstate 80 east 9.5 miles to WY 210 (Exit 323). Turn left to cross over the interstate and go left at the stop sign onto WY 210/Happy Jack Rd. Drive 1 mile to the Happy Jack Recreation Area signkk


The 12th Annual Wyoming Farmers’ Market Conference and Annual Meeting

September 28 @ 8:00 am - September 29 @ 5:00 pm
Ag Resource and Learning Center
2011 Fairgrounds Rd
Casper, WY

Cost: $50.00

Do not miss this opportunity to learn and network with other market gardeners, market managers and vendors! The program will kick off with “Foodpreneur” Marty Butts, owner of Small Potatoes, a national marketing, advocacy and consulting firm that specializes in working with small scale and start-up food product companies. Marty will discuss how to “Start, Market and Grow Your Small Scale Food Venture”. Next, Cole Emke will help guide you to “Add Value to Your Wyoming Products.” For those of you interested in greenhouses, a “Dome Greenhouse Building Workshop” will be presented at the Veterans Garden site on Friday afternoon and Saturday Morning .

Saturday will also feature presentations on “Grow your online presence”  “Everything You Need to Know about Micro Greens,” “Bee and Honey Production,” “Undercover Veggies,” Grape Growing for Novices,” “Heritage Orchard Management,” and “Weed & Pest Identification and Management.” The Conference will close with “The Do’s and Don’ts of Successful Grant Writing.” Lunch will be included each day, with the annual meeting held during lunch on Saturday.

For a full schedule and to register for the Conference, go to or for more information contact Ted Craig at

Putting the Landscape to Bed Workshop

October 6th, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Platte County Fairgrounds
4-H Building
57 Antelope Gap Rd.
Wheatland, WY 82201

Topics include:

  • General Garden Cleanup—deadheading, disease removal, debris removal and a general overview of why we need to put the garden to bed (how to accomplish this, different methods, etc.).
  • Vegetable Beds—what kind of cleanup is needed, turn the beds, adding manures and compost, green manures/cover crops; raised beds and how to prep them
  • Woody Plant Care—hardening off, wrapping, winter water, mulch, pruning for winter
  • Perennial Care—pruning pros & cons, propagating (division/layering), mulch, watering
  • Season Extension—cold frames, row covers, frost cloths, etc.
  • Winterizing Turfgrass—fertilizer, aeration, winter watering and other miscellaneous chores going into winter

Registration required—Space is limited. Cost is $15 per person Includes handouts and refreshments. Lunch is on your own. Please R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, October 2, 2018 by calling UW Extension at 307-322-3667 or



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