Rural Living Events - 2023

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Barnyards & Backyards Live!

Join us live to ask our guests questions on a wide variety of topics or watch the video later at your own time and speed! Coming up we will be having guests speaking at 10 am (usually) on:

  • Insect management in high tunnels, greenhouses & other indoor spaces - March 3, 2023
  • Tips & tricks for healthy trees in Wyoming - March 10, 2023
  • Wyoming hummingbirds & plants that support them - March 24, 2023
  • Tips for growing in high tunnels - March 31, 2023

Busy friday mornings? We try to record each show and post them on YouTube so you can watch them at your own time and speed. You will find links to recordings and resources mentioned during the show at


Private Applicator Pesticide Safety Education Programs

February thru March
15 Locations around the state

Do you need a private pesticide applicator license? Here is a list of the education programs scheduled across Wyoming. Visit for all the details and options available.

Growing Washakie – A Rural Living Workshop

March 4, 2023
9am to 2pm
Washakie Museum
2200 Big Horn Ave
Worland, WY 82401

Don't miss out on this Rural Living Workshop hosted by Washakie County Conservation District with funding provided through Barnyards & Backyards Rural Living Workshop Series.

Register online at or call 307-347-2456, ext. 101. $15 registration fee includes lunch catered by the Washakie Cowbelles.

Harvest Wyoming Small Farm Symposium

Fri., Mar. 10-Sat., Mar. 11. 2023
CWC Health and Sciences Building
2660 Peck Ave.
Riverton, Wyoming

Are you new to farming, a seasoned farmer, or a backyard gardener wanting to scale up? Come learn success tips from small-scale farm experts at the Harvest Wyoming Small Farm Symposium! Workshops, local farm tours, teaching sessions, food, door prizes, and more! Register today:

5th Annual Rural Living & Garden Expo

March 18, 2023
Sheridan College in Johnson County
Bomber Mountain Civic Center
Buffalo, WY

Mark your calendars for this great event! Times, agenda will be posted at

Successfully Growing Trees in Albany County

March 25th, 2023
9 am to noon
Berry Biodiversity Center
University of WY campus
Laramie, WY

Interested in planting a tree, but which one to choose? Need some in your yard? as a windbreak? for fruit? Maybe you have some trees and they are not doing well? Or maybe your property was affected by wildfire?

Mark your calendars and join us in Laramie at our workshop to help you grow trees!

We'll be covering:
• Selecting trees to grow in Albany County
• How to plant and care for them
• Common tree problems
• Organizations who can help you be more successful

In addition we'll have booths with information on (and folks who can address questions on):
• Ornamental trees for your yard
• Fruit tree varieties for our area & their care
• Windbreaks and the LRCD seedling tree program
• Learn about identifying trees - whether you are hiking or walking in the park
• Forestry subjects for the cabin or wooded property
• Rooted in Laramie's tree program for front yards
• And more!

Agenda and registration at or call the Albany Co. UW Extension office at 307-721-2571

Wyoming Bee College Conference and Garden to Market Conference

March 24th & 25th, 2023
Laramie County Community College in the Pathfinder Building
1400 East College Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007

Agenda, registration and more at

Country Living: An Introduction to Small Acreage Ownership

April 8th, 2023
Buffalo Fire Hall (970 Volunteer Lane)
Buffalo, WY

New to Johnson County or rural living? First time property owner? Curious about ways to improve your land management skills?

Join the Clear Creek Conservation District and Johnson County Extension on April 8th, 2023 from 10am-1pm at the Buffalo Fire Hall (970 Volunteer Lane, Buffalo, WY) for a mini-workshop on small acreage management fundamentals.

Topics include building your property plan, assessing water & soil resources, managing problem weeds, grazing approaches to prevent overuse, and reducing conflict during wildlife interactions. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

For more information and to register, contact the Clear Creek Conservation District. (307) 620-3021 or email

Natrona Co Master Gardeners Conference

April 15th, 2023
Agricultural Resource and Learning Center
2011 Fairgrounds Road
Casper, WY


- 8:30 Doors Open | Registration
- 9:00 Introductions and Welcome
- 9:15 Anne Anderson | From Weeds To Wellness
- 10:15 Kathy Shreeve | What to Do Before You Buy ANY Plants
- 11:15 Break
-- Debbie Reddy | Beginning Beekeeping
-- Sean Orzalak | Growing Mushrooms for Beginners
- 12:15 Lunch
- 12:45 Door Prizes and Announcements
- 1:00 Catherine Wissner | Landscaping for Native Bees & Butterflies
-- Anne Anderson | Mind/Body Herbal Remedies: Sleep, Anxiety, Depression, Inflammation
-- Lynn Dampman | Vermicomposting
-- Kathy Shreeve | Seed Starting
- 2:45 – 3:00 Break
- 3:00 – 4:00 Scott Aker | Cheyenne Botanical Gardens

Refreshments and lunch are included as well as gift bags for all of our guests and door prizes for a few lucky attendees.

Get your tickets before March 31st and save $15. Buy tickets online or visit the ARLC at 2011 Fairgrounds Rd, Casper. Questions? Call 307-235-9400 for more info. 


Lander Garden Expo 2023

April 22, 2023
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lander Valley High School
(350 Baldwin Creek Road)
Lander, WY

More info at


Growing Grapes in Wyoming Symposium

May 19th May 19th 8:30 am thru noon 20th, 2023
Powell Research and Extension Center
747 Road 9
Powell, WY

Link to agenda, registration 


Arbor Day Celebration & Education Event

June 2 at 9 AM – June 3 at 5 PM
Rawlins Family Recreation Center
1616 Harshman St, Rawlins, WY 82301



  • Tree Sales
  • Geodesic Dome Build

Hoop Houses, High Tunnels, and Geodesic Dome structures work
very well to extend the growing season in Wyoming. Jeff Edwards,
UW Extension, Educator will be conducting a hands-on build
workshop of a 22-ft Geodesic dome. 6-10 volunteers from the
local area who are interested in using or building these types of
structures are invited to participate – others can watch and heckle.
Jeff will show up with the pre-built frame and all the tools
required. The whole process to build one here in Rawlins will take
approximately 6-8 hours, weather depending.


  • Continued Tree Sales and Geodesic Dome Build

Two Tracks of Classes to Choose From:

Track one: Trees

  • Pruning and Tree Care, Jacob Mares
  • Planting, Staking, Mulching, Donna Hoffman
  • Maple Syrup Production in WY, Brian Sebade
  • Selecting Varieties Suitable for WY, Jacob Mares
  • Tree Pest ID, Scott Schell


Track two: Landscaping

  • Water-Wise Plants, Jennifer Thompson
  • Landscape Design, Jennifer Thompson
  • Irrigation Efficiency, Clark Van Hoosier
  • Understanding Pesticide & Fertilizer, Reese Irvine and Abby Perry
  • Deer Resistant Plants, Abby Perry

Register by calling the Carbon County Extension office 307-328-2642


Growing Grapes in Wyoming Symposium

June 16th 8:30 am thru noon 17th, 2023
Sheridan Research and Extension Center
1090 Dome Loop
Sheridan, WY

Link to agenda, registration


Mark your calendars - Plant ID Walks coming up this summer!

Join us on the evening of June 19th (Location: McGuire Ranch north of Laramie off of Hwy 34) and the morning of July 15th (It will be in the Snowy Range west of Laramie) for plant walks around the Laramie area!  More information will be added at a later date.


Working Lands Workshop featuring Nicole Masters

AUG 8, 2023 AT 8 AM – AUG 9, 4 PM
Sheridan, WY

Join us for the next event in the Working Lands series on soil health, regenerative agriculture, adaptive grazing, cover crops, and other multidisciplinary natural resource topics.

Day 1 of the workshop will include presentations and discussion at the Kinnison Theater on the Sheridan College Campus.

Day 2 will be in the field at Rock Springs Ranch near Decker, MT, with a limited number of spots available.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Register Here  You must attend Day 1 in order to attend Day 2. We recommend registering early to save your spot.

Early bird registration fees -
Day 1 (classroom): $50
Day 2 (field): $75

Starting July 1, fees will increase to -
Day 1 (classroom): $75
Day 2 (field): $100




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